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Watch | Kal Naismith reacts to Harrogate win

10 January 2022

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Kal Naismith was delighted to dust off the cobwebs and return to action with a win after a month away from the pitch.

The Hatters found their rhythm in the second half after a slow start against League Two side Harrogate Town, who the defender had plenty of good things to say about after the match.

“It was a game we needed and credit to them, they are a good side, really well set-up and they’re obviously going really well in the league. They have a lot of good players, and they are coached really well. it was a great game for us, but I think what we had is the big man up top. There was nothing really in the game, but he gets it, turns, and finds bottom corner.

“When you have that Premier League quality up top, that’s what can happen. The game turned on that and to be fair they were still in it even at two-nil, we were able just to kill the game. The manager stressed before the game that it was just about winning. We knew we were going to be a bit rusty, we didn’t perform to the level we can but we’ve had a long time away so that is to be expected.”

Yesterday also marked the return of assistant manager Mick Harford and Naismith, along with everyone associated with the club, was delighted to see him back in the dugout!

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“It’s unbelievable to have him back in. He looks great and he’s positive every day. Just having him for a full week at the training ground, his energy every morning, after training, it’s always there around the lads and it’s amazing to have him back.”

The defender further spoke of the importance of training, especially ahead of Saturday’s Championship fixture against current league leaders AFC Bournemouth and a busy January schedule.

“We have to have another hard week of training and then improve on this but we can beat anyone on our day. We have unbelievable players all over the pitch, Bournemouth will know it will be a tough game and we will train well and look forward to it.

"It’s a lot of games but that is what we want. Any player doesn’t want to just train, train, train, they want games and personally I’m looking forward to the run that’s coming up.”


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