Manager Rob Edwards felt the timing of Luton Town’s equaliser against Blackpool proved pivotal to the comeback victory on Easter Monday.
The Hatters had been punished by the Seasiders just before the half-hour mark but despite not being at their best, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu dragged the Hatters back into the game on the stroke of half-time with a calm finish inside the area.
In the second period, Carlton Morris scored his 17th goal of the campaign followed by a second from Mpanzu to secure three points and stretch Town’s unbeaten run to nine matches in the league.
“We talked about the expectancy today and we had to deal with that. I know I appealed for the atmosphere, but it was never going to be like it was in the previous home game, so there is expectancy,” Edwards admitted in his post-match interview with BBC Three Counties Radio.
“We’re third, they’re in the bottom three so just turn up and win, but we know it’s not that. We had lots of control in the game but their only real threats were the individual quality on the counter attack. We were a little bit open at times in that first half and when they got the first goal from a set play, which is unlike us, the job is doubly difficult.
“The timing of the equaliser was key,” the boss continued. “It gave everyone a lift, the crowd a lift, some belief for the boys as well and we were able to get into them and say ‘we expected this’ and we were able to find a way second half.
“Every game is different, every game gives us different challenges. Today I felt was dangerous, we had spoken openly to the boys about it and to you guys as well. I don’t worry about us against Sheffield United, Sunderland away or Watford here, the lads are up for it, the crowd are up for it, the atmosphere takes care of itself.
“These games are always dangerous and then to go one-nil down, I thought we showed great character and belief in what we do to find a way. In the end, I’m delighted but at the time during the game, we all sensed it, it was a dangerous game.”