Sarll’s Boro out to end Luton Town’s ‘fortuitous start’ to League Two campaign

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Darren Sarll is hoping his Stevenage side can end Luton Town’s ‘fortuitous start’ to the League Two season when the pair clash in what will no doubt be a feisty affair at the Lamex Stadium tomorrow (Saturday).

The Hatters come to town sitting aloft the table on seven points from three games and on the back of a hard-earned 2-1 win over Newport County on Tuesday night.

With Nathan Jones’ men down to 10, due to the 84th-minute dismissal of centre-back John Mullins, and heading for a second successive 1-1 league draw at Kenilworth Road, the hosts were awarded a contentious spot-kick deep into second-half added time, their second penalty of the evening.

Up stepped Cameron McGeehan to coolly convert to secure a priceless win and keep Town at the summit.

Meanwhile, Boro enter the game having lost 3-0 at Leyton Orient three days ago and with just one point from their opening three games – a 1-1 draw at Notts County last Saturday – and Sarll knows his side have to be more clinical to knock Luton off their perch.

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Sarll said: “Nathan [Jones] comes with a very good coaching background.

“He’s ensured that his style and his beliefs have been put through to their players and they’ve had a good start.

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“In ways they’ve had a fortuitous start as well.

“A penalty on 95 minutes the other night, it’s a penalty. If I’m Nathan I’m jumping up and down and if I’m Mr Feeney I’m doing exactly what he’s doing.

“It’s a great result especially with 10 men but we haven’t had that [luck] yet.

“I watched Luton against Newport, Aston Villa [EFL Cup] and Yeovil and they’ve been fortuitous at times, not being disrespectful.

“That [fortune] comes and goes, sometimes it’s with you and other times not and I’m not someone who sits here wishing for that luck. You get what deserve in football.

“We’ve had our chances in our games and not taken them so we’ll try and put that right on Saturday.”

Any game against Town constitutes one of the biggest games of the season for Boro and despite the visit of Premier League giants Stoke City in the EFL Cup second round on Tuesday night, the Boro boss has promised that his team are focussed on the job in hand at the weekend.

He continued: “We will always show our supporters that we’re fully on board with what they expect from us as a town and as a football club and that’s to win games – in particular to beat Luton because it’s such a rivalry.

“The focus is purely on that [Luton]. We will focus on Stoke from Sunday morning onwards once Luton is done with and put to bed but for the next 24 hours, Luton is our world and our objective.”

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