Spillane is revelling in tough task
Norwich's on-loan youngster Michael Spillane has struck the goal trail to boost Luton's hopes of pulling off mission impossible.The versatile 19-year-old - currently on a season long spell at Kenilworth Road with Chris Martin - moved joint top of Town's goalscoring charts with the opener in Saturday's 1-1 League Two draw against Morecambe.
Norwich's on-loan youngster Michael Spillane has struck the goal trail to boost Luton's hopes of pulling off mission impossible.
The versatile 19-year-old - currently on a season long spell at Kenilworth Road with Chris Martin - moved joint top of Town's goalscoring charts with the opener in Saturday's 1-1 League Two draw against Morecambe. Spillane was also inches from grabbing a late winner after Morecambe's Danny Carlton had cancelled out his second half strike for the Football League's bottom club.
The draw moved Mick Harford's men within five points of cancelling out their stiff 30 point penalty imposed for financial irregularities at the start of the current season - leaving the Hatters still a daunting 19 points from an improbable escape.
“I will keep getting in there - I'm hoping for 45,” joked the young Irishman. “We had a few chances and with that one at the end sometimes they go in and sometimes they don't. I've gone up and just flicked it and hoped for the best and it's a yard wide. Maybe I should have done better, but that's football.
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“We need to win our home games and we know that. I know it wasn't a good game, but we should have held on for 1-0. A couple of months ago we would have lost that. We just need to carry on over the Christmas period and get more points. We are on minus five now and have three games over the Christmas period. That's nine points. When it gets to zero it looks likes you are closer and in touching distance. We know we've got the ability and I think we are starting to show it.”
Spillane admits life in League Two is proving an eye opener but the ever-present has notched four goals in 26 loan appearances operating at the heart of Luton's defence.
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The teenager is playing for his future with the Irishman's current City contract up at the end of the season but Spillane proved against a muscular Morecambe outfit he can handle the rough and tumble in the lower reaches.
“We knew they were dangerous from set pieces and that's what they played for,” he said. “If you keep giving them away you are going to concede. It's this league. They play for set pieces. It seems us big ones have to pick up four or five big ones on the other team. It's hard to pass the ball on the pitches now.”