Published: 03/01/2011 15:30 - Updated: 06/01/2011 09:56

Pilkington praises Howells ahead of Hayes test

BY JAMES CUNLIFFE

George Pilkington has singled out Jake Howells as an example of why Luton Town's squad is so strong squad, and believes everyone will need to be called upon as the games start to come thick and fast this month.

Jake Howells in defensive mode against Diamonds
Jake Howells in defensive mode against Diamonds
The Hatters travel to Blue Square Bet Premier strugglers Hayes & Yeading United tomorrow night, having already won the first of nine games this month with a 3-0 home win over Rushden & Diamonds on New Year’s Day.

Howells, who last played largely on the left wing, started at left back in the first league game in over a month on Saturday, and the Town captain thinks that his versatility just shows how strong a squad Town have.

He said: “We are not looking too far into the future. We set ourselves targets and try to get close to them.

“Sometimes we fall a little bit short and sometimes we meet them.

“It’s just coming up to the halfway stage of the season, with the next couple of games, and I think the fact that we’ve got a strong squad means there are a lot of players that are going to get called on in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully that will play to our advantage.

“Jake Howells has adapted to every position he’s played in. He’s played wide left, moved into midfield and has done excellently and he looks like the most accomplished left back I’ve ever seen in this division.

“He’s doing brilliantly for the team and obviously, Ed Asafu-Adjaye is coming back into the team a little bit more and there are a lot of bright prospects in the squad.”

Luton have already played tomorrow’s opponents Hayes, emerging from August’s home encounter with a 1-1 draw. But they will be looking to make it four wins on the spin, and despite beating United 3-2 at Church Road in March before thumping them 8-0 at Kenilworth Road later that month, Pilkington is expecting a much sterner test this time round.

“It will be a very tough game,” he said. “We certainly know that, being Luton Town, every team will raise their game against us.

“We found, last season, that if we take our foot off the pedal just one little bit then we’ll get turned over.

“We are in a good place at the minute, confidence and performance wise, and we’ve just got to make sure we keep doing that tomorrow night.”

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