Interim manager Mick Harford said the players gave him ‘everything’ as they rescued a point against Rotherham United.
Luke Berry came off the bench to earn a draw in a competitive game at Kenilworth Road, as the Hatters head into the World Cup break 10th in the Sky Bet Championship, one point outside the play-off places.
After a turbulent week, Mick said to the local press after the game: “They gave me everything, they gave the staff everything, they gave the club everything and I have really enjoyed the last few days, being around them and preparing for the game.
"It has been a bit of a whirlwind since Nathan left and they’re a magnificent set of players, brilliant squad who work tirelessly and what we asked them to do today was very seamless.
“I thought we dominated, in the first half the chances we created and the positions we got into. Obviously Rotherham got a very early goal and it gave them something to hang on to.
“They’re a tough nut to crack – Rotherham – they have a way of playing, a good system, they sit in deep and try and play on the counter and they’re hard to break down. We tried to do something different and it didn’t work out, but overall am I pleased with a point? Yes, I would rather have a win 100 per cent but I thought the performance was brilliant.”
On the ovation he received prior to the match, Big Mick said: “I’m overwhelmed by the reception they gave me and I just want to say a big thank you to them and a big thank you to the community for what they have done for me. They’re the best fans in the world, the reception was something different.
“I honestly really appreciate it. It was really overwhelming and it brings tears to my eyes.”