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Reaction | "It’s a community, it’s a club and it’s more than just football" - Carlton Morris

11 May 2024

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Reaction | "It’s a community, it’s a club and it’s more than just football" - Carlton Morris

11 May 2024

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Our captain Carlton Morris spoke emotionally on behalf of his Luton Town team after a 3-1 defeat at West Ham left us on the brink of having relegation from the Premier League mathematically confirmed.

Asked if he could put an emotional afternoon into words, the striker – with the League’s Inside Matters mental health awareness campaign in his mind – replied: “Yes, I can try. You’ll have to forgive me because it is a bit emotional.

“I was sat in bed last night and watched a ten-minute video that Wolves put out for mental health awareness and seeing how much the football means to the fans, and how much we do impact people’s lives, it made me think about that straight away to be honest.

“At the end of the game, going over to our fans, being stood there for ten minutes, the lads giving out our shirts, them clapping and then screaming for us – it does touch a nerve to be honest, and it does put things into perspective because these guys work all week to come and watch us kick a football about.

“So when you put it into perspective, I can be happy and be proud of myself and my team-mates and know that this club is moving in the right direction.”

The travelling Hatters gave their team an amazing 15-minute ovation after the final whistle at London Stadium, and Morris said: “One thing we’re not going to do is just give up and down tools. We know we are fighting against the odds at times. I’m not making excuses.

“There is a pretty clear budget difference between us and some clubs and there is some serious quality in this division. I’ve absolutely loved it and we’ve put up a real fight, we’ve been competitive, and I think the fans know that and appreciate that.

“I take a lot of experience from (the season). I’m 28 years old and I’m not naïve as to think I know this game inside and out. I’ve learned so much since the start of the season until now.

“I’m evolving, our team is evolving and first and foremost, with what happened to Locks around Christmas time, it really does put things into perspective about how lucky we are to be in the situation that we are in.

“Yes, unfortunately it didn’t end up ok for us in terms of where we are in the table right now. But I am proud especially to wear the armband in Locks’ absence and lead that team out knowing that we are going to have each other’s back and have that togetherness with the fans as well.

“It’s a community, it’s a club and it’s more than just football.”

Morris spoke of his pride in how the Hatters have performed in the top-flight, saying: "I've spoken to friends in this division and they've said 'we hope you do it, we hope you stay up' because we've brought something else to the league.

"We've been competitive, we've scored a lot of goals, we've been in a lot of high-goal games - like the absolute classic at Newcastle. I've loved being a part of it, I've loved being on this journey with this team from last year. This season has been incredible and I won't take a second of it for granted."

On the Hatters' hopes of bouncing back quickly, he added: "I'd like to think so. We have evolved so much as a club, as staff, as individuals from the start of the season to now. This is the best league in the world for a reason. It's not easy, but we will relish the opportunity to be back again."


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