Top scorer Carlton Morris highlighted the Luton Town squad’s friendship and humility as key ingredients behind the success they are having in the Sky Bet Championship this season.
The Hatters had already qualified for the play-offs, along with Middlesbrough, before beating the Teessiders 2-1 at Kenilworth Road in last night’s live TV game to strengthen their grip on third place.
“We’re a good side, we know what we are capable of,” said Morris, with Town now 12 matches unbeaten having recorded a fifth straight home win. “We walk into the dressing room at the training ground every day and it’s a pleasure to come to work with this group of people.
“The humility and the friendliness and just genuine enjoyment of coming to work every day, it starts there. It’s a strong foundation that leads to the sort of success we’re having.”
One of Morris’ closest friends, Tom Lockyer, headed in the equaliser early in the second half after the Hatters had fallen behind to Cameron Archer’s first-half opener.
The Welsh international’s fourth goal of the season came a night after he had been named in the Championship Team of the Season at the EFL Awards.
“Honestly, I can’t speak highly enough of Locks,” said Morris. “Not just what everyone sees every week on the pitch twice a week, it’s everything off the pitch as well, the kind of character he is, he’s absolutely fundamental to our team.”
Morris netted his 20th goal of the season with his first penalty of the campaign, having been brought down by visiting keeper Zack Steffen as he looked to take the ball around him.
“There was contact. How much there was is neither here nor there. I felt contact and when you’re moving at those sort of speeds, it doesn’t take much to put you off your stride pattern,” was the striker’s explanation of the award of the spot-kick.
On taking it, to bring up his landmark tally for the first time in his career, instead of regular penalty taker Elijah Adebayo, Morris added: “Eli said to me, ‘Go get your 20th goal, you deserve it!’ I said thank you man, he held the ball for me until it was time to take the pen.
“It goes back to what I said earlier about the camaraderie, that’s the type of people that I’m playing with at the moment, it’s a special thing really.
“It’s a fundamental, our dressing room has that humility side of things. There are no bad eggs at all, not a person in that dressing room that I can say a bad word about.”
As one of the senior pros in the dressing room, Morris also wanted to praise left-back Joe Johnson after he made his debut as an 83rd-minute substitute at the age of 17 years and 62 days, saying: “I’m really proud of him tonight for making his debut, it must have felt really good for him.
“It’s brilliant, he’s been good in training, never seems out of place. I remember being a young lad back in the day training with the first team at 17, 18, I wouldn’t be as confident as he seems now, so I’m made up for him.”