Blue Square Bet
Published 23rd April 2012
....Saturday’s 1-0 win against Kidderminster Harriers.
Over 8,000 fans were in Kenilworth Road to see the Hatters beat the Harriers and move up into the much-contested Blue Square Bet Premier play-off places.
A great goal from Robbie Willmott was enough to earn three points in the must-win clash that saw Luton, still with a game in hand, leap-frog the Worcestershire outfit into fifth spot.
A win at Gateshead tomorrow night will guarantee their presence in the top five and a two-legged end of season semi-final.
After the game, Buckle said: “I’d like to personally say thank you to fans for their support and thank them all for coming.
“We needed it, I certainly needed it and the players needed it.
“The crowd were outstanding and played a big part in the game to make it a fantastic day for us.
“To have over 8,000 in Kenilworth Road is just something else.
“When I came out to have a look at the warm-up, all I could see were people coming in to support their team.
“The support here is outstanding and I’m glad the players could respond and do them proud with their work-rate and effort.
“We will carry their chants in our ears with us to Gateshead.”
Buckle also revealed his pleasure that the players have begun to reap the rewards for the hard work put in on the training field.
He said: “It was a bleak old day at Braintree Town, and that is still very much in my mind.
“We never want to go back to how we performed there.
“On Saturday I reminded the players that these chances don’t come around too often and we can’t tiptoe around them.
“Fear comes if you’re not prepared, and if you have cut corners.
“I can assure you that we have cut none in our preparation and we deserved our win.
“The boys are buying into the messages I’ve given them and putting in the hours, and we’ve demonstrated that with our three clean sheets and how organised we have been in defending set plays.
“We played for 90 minutes with belief, organisation, grit and determination.
“We’ve taken ten points in four games which has been a fantastic return, and got us back into the play-offs.
“Not being in those places was hurting everyone and it has taken a great effort to get back in there, now we must stay there.”