Luton Town 1 Wolves 0

According to Bedfordshire folklore, ex-Luton Town boss Mick Harford became so enraged with one of his underperformers that he locked him up in a cupboard overnight as punishment.

4th round Luton

If only our hard suffering away fans could have found it on their travels, they could have squeezed half a dozen of our losers in before throwing away the key.

It’s doubtful their egos would fit in, despite the space left by missing guts and stomachs for a fight.

They’d be too busy arguing with the manager about being hard done by anyway, or the indignity of playing a style of football that they don’t like.

Maybe being the fourth worst squad in the history of the Premier League failed to deflate the arrogant bubble that they continue to float around in.

After playing in the biggest embarrassment since that defeat on November 24 1986 they should finally hang their heads in shame and admit defeat like we always do.

Kenilworth Road

To quote Mike Taylor from Radio WM: “Luton Town showed a great deal of fortitude typical of a cup game, but what wasn’t typical was their keeper having to make 10 saves. Wolves probably created 3 or 4 chances in the whole match.

“Wolves just didn’t do enough. Nowhere near enough.”

And it wasn’t like the defeat came as the biggest surprise to anyone of gold and black persuasion who knows a bit about football.

That accolade went to someone who boasts neither, in the shape of Steve Morgan who actually bothered to attend and watch the club he purports to run, for once.

If this latest debacle hasn’t injected a modicum of professional pride into a man who has failed to show any for so long, then we really are on a slippery slope.

A plummet of 35 league places in 15 months should have prompted some sort of meaningful action to arrest such a slump way before now.

After Terry Connor, he finally gave us Stale Solbakken and a handful of quid from a ‘treasure chest’, a £25 million transfer windfall and a small fortune in television money combined.

With no effort, investment or inclination ever being shown by Mr Morgan at any time since Stephen Hunt scored at the North Bank end, I can offer a genuine Scandinavian solution befitting of his parameters.

…A cupboard from IKEA to pack away a shameless group of fraudsters, like the one Mick Harford once used.

Luton Town Vs Wolves Preview

The FA Cup is considered a distraction by most, but that’s exactly what we all need right now.

Luton Town

Winning is all that really matters. Getting the job done.

Luton will fancy their chances of an upset, particularly on their own patch. But however dire Wolves are, there can be few excuses should we get turned over by a side operating three tiers lower.

The Hatters currently lie sixth in the Conference, 8 points behind leaders Grimsby, but with a couple of games in hand on all of the teams around them.

Recent form has been patchy, losing 2 of their last 3 league games. They went down 3-1 at Woking on New Year’s Day.

Looking at a couple of threads on their fan forums, the center of defence seems to be a problem for them. A couple of their players are also injured and/or cup-tied.

Nice to see we’re not the only team heading into the game with problems then.

Wolves

As I write this, I’ve heard nothing about who is and isn’t available tomorrow.

Cassidy has returned from Tranmere and is definitely ready for a game. I don’t see any reason not to pick him. Can you?

Stoke probably don’t want Pennant to be selected, which if correct limits our options as regards wide players. Sako is reportedly carrying a knock and with Peszko and Sigurdarson also injured, I’m not really sure who Ståle will pick. Hopefully Sako can keep going.

I’d expect the team to look something like:

Wolves team for Luton

It makes sense to give O’Hara a first start. Hopefully with a full game under his belt, he can come into contention for the Blackburn game. We desperately need a different option in the middle of the park.

Predictions

No PL points up for grabs this weekend, but I’ll back us to get the win. Just.

2-1.

Would losing spell the end for Solbakken?

Either way it would be the low point of an already dismal season.

Up The Wolves.