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Pelly delighted with yesterday's win against Preston North End...

21 March 2021

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Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu felt the Hatters controlled the game from start to finish and deservedly claimed three points against Preston North End yesterday.

The midfielder was instrumental in helping the team succeed, producing a Man of the Match performance as voted by the Luton Town Twitter followers.

It was his cross in the 83rd minute that fell towards James Collins, who with the help of goalkeeper Daniel Iversen, put the ball in the back of the net.

“I thought we controlled the whole game to be honest. First half was a bit scrappy, first 10, 15, we tried to get the ball down but that is how the game went. Had a couple of chances, I had a chance, deflected. Breezy had a chance but I thought for 45 minutes we dominated, only thing missing was a goal.

“Second half we kept going, kept putting balls in the box and Eli (Adebayo) had a good save from the ‘keeper. Thankfully I put a ball in, don’t know what happened, think it was an own goal, but three points is what we needed today!”

There was little action in the first period but with the help of Nathan Jones’ words at half-time, Town came out of the traps on top and snatched a winner in the latter stages.

“At half-time the gaffer said we have to up the tempo, up the quality in the final third and that is what we did. It was good to get three points and go into the international break. We’re not safe but we have 50 points, last season we had about 35. It is a good return from this season to last season so 9 games to go, let’s see what we can do.”

The former West Ham youngster was also glad his fine performance wasn’t in vain, saying: "I just keep my head down and keep going. Listen, playing good and not winning is not a great feeling so to play well and get three points is wonderful stuff.”

It was the seventh away time Town have claimed a victory on their travels this season, of which all of them have ended in a one-nil scoreline, to which Mpanzu added: “We have had some great away performances. We beat Bournemouth, Forest and sometimes you have to grind out a one-nil, they’re the best victories. When you don’t concede and you win one-nil you go home with three points happy.”

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