Luton Town may have lost five successive games for the first time since 2007/08, but they remain firmly in the Play-Off hunt going into Sky Bet League 2’s final furlong.In their maiden voyage back in The Football League, the Hatters can look to two spells across the course of the season that have allowed them to experience a dip in form, but still maintain their top-seven place, which they’ve held since early October.
The first was an 11-game unbeaten streak back in September that carried on through to late November, when they were eventually beaten by current table-toppers Burton Albion in a run that included seven straight wins.
John Still’s men then went 10 without defeat in the league from December to February, in another surge of form that strengthened their push for a second successive promotion.
After their latest stutter – they’ve lost seven of their last eight - four of the Hatters’ final eight games of the season come against teams who are five points or less away from them in the table (Northampton Town, Exeter City, Southend United and Stevenage), meaning a return to form against any of those sides will directly supplement their bid for promotion.
Wycombe Wanderers were the latest team to take three points from Luton, and boss John Still bemoaned defensive errors.
"It's like the boxer who goes 12 rounds, wins every round, then in the last seconds leaves himself exposed and gets knocked out,” Still said.
Next up for the Hatters is a visit to Northampton Town, who are one of those closing in on those Play-Off places that Luton currently occupy.
The Cobblers experienced a run of form identical to Luton’s earlier this season, when they were defeated on five consecutive occasions at the end of 2014. But Chris Wilder’s men followed that up by recording five straight wins throughout January and February to propel themselves to within five points of the top seven.
If Still’s side can go the distance, without receiving a knock-out blow, to turn their form around, their return to The Football League could be capped off with another promotion.
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