Gray: Dartford could be make or break for Hatters

Tonight’s game at Dartford could be ‘make of break’ for Town’s season according to exciting young striker Andre Gray, writes Mark Wood.

Tuesday, 12th February 2013, 9:56 am

With Luton 14 points off Grimsby Town in top spot and with three games in hand, Gray was in no doubt how important this evening’s game could be.

He said: “In the changing room we want to win every game now and I think it’s a game that we’re going to have to go and win because we need to catch up ground with our games in hand so Tuesday could probably make or break our season at the moment so I think we need to go and win it.”

With many of the top teams still to face each other, Gray was refusing to give up on automatic promotion after Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with promotion rivals Forest Green Rovers.

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He said: “Today’s not a bad point, I think playing a team above us they’re fighting for promotion so it’s not doom and gloom yet.

“The only positive is we’ve still got games in hand and we’ve still got to play Grimsby, Forest Green have still got to play Grimsby and Mansfield have got to play Grimsby and I think Newport have as well so obviously I think people are going to say Grimsby have won the league already, but they haven’t. I think if we win our games in hand we go a few points behind them and anything can happen and I think it will go down to the wire now.”

Town have attracted plenty of media attention due to their exploits in the FA Cup, which may have proved to be a distraction to their promotion challenge.

It has certainly led to a fixture pile-up for the Hatters, but Gray was adamant the buck had to stop with the players.

The 21-year-old forward added: “I think we need to get our heads round the league and I think obviously that’s our main prerogative.

“Playing Millwall, obviously it’s a great game and great for the fans and if we win we are in the quarter-finals. Obviously anyone will say we’re not going to win the FA Cup being realistic, but we want to win the league. It can be frustrating, but that’s how it is and we’ve got to get on with it.

“It’s our job, we are professional footballers and that’s what we have to deal with. Obviously players at the top in the Premiership they have to deal with worse than that so I think it’s no excuse and that we are just going to have to get on with it, work hard and kick on.”