Season One: November-December Update
Things were looking rosy for Luton Town come the start of November, but did we manage to end 2013 on a high? We had many difficult challenges to overcome during the two cold winter months, including a terrifying FA Cup encounter against Sky Bet League 2 side Torquay and a trip to fellow promotion contender Barnet. Were we able to hold our place at the pinnacle of the Skrill Premier? this is how we faired over the two months.
November did not start too brightly for us as we drew the opening two games against Gateshead in the league and Torquay in the cup, before suffering our second defeat of the season at the hands of a hard-working Braintree. However, we were offered immediate respite as star man Cristian Moñtano inspired a win at Chester. Our turn of form was to be short-lived, unfortunately, as we sank to defeat in our FA Cup replay away to Torquay. You may have been right to have worried about how our lack of consistency may have affected our next few games as we were then held to a draw by Welling and struggled to scrape a win against Southport. It indeed took penalties in a replay to overcome a resilient Sutton Utd side and the Christmas Month was suddenly not looking so cheery. However, after an inspirational team talk to rally the troops, we went on to win our next four games, including a win against Lincoln in the FA Trophy. These wins ensured that a draw in our final game of the annual calender would be enough to fulfil the points target (18) which I set for the two months, and if it was not for a ninety-second minute equaliser from Kidderminster, we would have claimed twenty points over that period. Despite a very, very shaky November, the results which we managed to string together in December made the two months very satisfactory. I am delighted with our ability to return to form, and reaching our points target was certainly a huge plus.
Player Of The Months
has been, without a doubt, our star performer over the last two months. The ambitious Scottish goalkeeper has been solid throughout the season, and if it were for some jaw-dropping saves, we would have conceded quite a few more than we had. Alan is possibly one of the best players in this division, and would probably be good enough to play in the Sky Bet League One! Hopefully he can keep up his good form and build on his ten league cleansheets, and thirteen in total.
Alan Martin's Season Stats
Goals Conceded: 24
MotM Awards: 1
Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0
Goals Conceded per Game: 0.77
Pass Completion Ratio: 39%
Fouls Committed: 0
Fouls Against: 1
Average Rating: 6.79
Reaching our points target has certainly helped us to sit pretty on top of the league with a five point cushion and a game in hand over second placed Forest Green. Our goal difference is still by far the most superior in this division, and we are nine points afloat in the play-off places, with a game in hand also. Over the past five years, an average of 98 points was enough to secure the Skrill Premier title, and so that is what I am aiming to achieve. This means we must earn 47 points in our last 21 games, which is over two points per game! It does seem quite difficult, but I believe that a good run of form from January to March can make the difference in the title chase.
joins us on a free-transfer. The loyal Irishman has plenty of experience playing for Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers in the League of Ireland, and has also featured in the Sky Bet League Two for Colchester in recent years. Conor adds pace to our defence, is very hard-working and is a solid tackler of the ball. I believe that he can prove to be a solid player for us in the next few seasons and will win over the fans with his incredible work ethic.
We kick-off 2014 with a home game against under-performing Barnet. We have a total of eleven games currently scheduled over these two months, but we will be playing more if we can progress in the FA Trophy, which is what I want to accomplish. We play ten league games; five at home, five away. I am looking to raise the standard of our performances and my points target over the course of these two months is 22. It is a big ask, but I believe that if we can get a good run of form going, we can achieve this goal.
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