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Watch | Kal Naismith looks ahead to tonight's game

2 March 2022

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Kal Naismith is looking forward to a special night at Kenilworth Road when the Hatters come face-to-face with eight-time FA Cup winners Chelsea.

The challenge is one Kal will relish and the possibility of walking the team out onto the pitch as captain is one which excites the Scotsman.

“It’ll be a big moment, leading the team out is something I’m massively grateful for. It gives me goosebumps and sometimes I just look about and think just how lucky I am and how far I’ve come to be leading the team out, especially this one with the group of lads and the amount of leaders we have in that changing room, it’s always a proud moment.

“We don’t know the team yet, but if it is me leading them out it will be another proud moment as it is every week. The atmosphere is going to be special, it’s a game under the lights, I’m sure the fans are excited, so it should be one to look forward to.”

Last season Naismith made his first Luton start in defeat against the Blues but this time around, in front of a sold out Kenilworth Road, the defender is hoping for a better outcome.

“I’m not going to sit here and say that we’ll win the game, but we’re quietly confident and truly believe that with the fans behind us, at our stadium, the way we play at home, it will be tough for them, 100 per cent be tough for them.

"If the boys are at it, we can play the way we play, it will be tough and we’ll give them a real good game that’s for sure and I definitely believe that we can get through to the next round.”

Unlike last time out, the fans are set to play a big part in what promises to be a special atmosphere and Naismith spoke of his admiration for the supporters, saying: “I love the fans, they’ve been brilliant with me from day one, I probably had a couple of rough games at the start and they thought, what have we signed here, but as it went on, it was an unbelievable relationship.

“Walking the team out, hearing the noise every time, they’ve just been so good to me. I’ll never forget the Bournemouth game when I scored the goal in the last minute, me and Sonny were doing the press on the pitch after for Sky, they were singing my name and just to hear that, was just special times that will stay with me forever and when my career’s done, I’ll appreciate the fans massively.”

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