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12 March 2017

Darren Sarll was delighted to see his side record a big win against Luton Town as goals from Luke Wilkinson and Ben Kennedy sealed three points at Kenilworth Road. 

The win continues our brilliant run of form and surge up the table and Sarll praised his players for the way they stood up to the test.

“It was everything that you need in a derby game where you have to dig in. There were times when Luton had some large spells of pressure but we defended well, there were some magnificent blocks and lots of courage and determination within our penalty box. We also had that bit of quality at the other end on the odd occasion to get us the win.

“They absolutely run really hard for each other. They block, they sacrifice themselves and they put themselves on the line for me and the other coaching staff.

“As a manger that is all you can ask for, that they give everything they have got and they certainly did that today.”

“When you get that type of performance, it is a huge elevation of an atmosphere in a dressing room. The boys know that they have stood toe-to-toe with each other, side-by-side and they got through it. So it is a pretty good feeling in there right now.”

Luke Wilkinson’s second minute header gave us the perfect start and Sarll was pleased to see our recent productivity at set-pieces continue.

“We have been particularly strong at them (set-pieces) as of late and it is just something we have carried over.

“It was a great way to open the game for us, getting that early goal and getting our noses in front.”

Boro dominated the ball throughout the game, boasting 62% possession and Sarll says it was a big part of the game plan.

“I was happy with the first half performance. I thought we played well and passed the ball very well. I think it is important when you come to Kenilworth Road that you try and pass the ball because you have to try and take the ball away from Luton who are good side technically.

“I thought taking the ball would probably be our best form of defence and I thought first half in particular we were great at that.”

Just as it looked like we were in for a nervy finish, Ben Kennedy clinched the win in the closing minutes with a stunning strike to put the game to bed.

“We have got some good players that have a moment in real magic in them. Like Ben had today and like he had last year really. Ben is playing very well and I am very lucky to have had the time with him as his developer and now his manager.

“We try and encourage him not to overthink things - see the post, take the shot because you have got good quality.”

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