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Luton boss Richard Money calls for end to negativity

Richard Money
Money has watched his team fall 11 points behind Crawley

Luton manager Richard Money has called on the club's fans to back their team as they look to overturn a deficit in the FA Trophy semi-final second leg.

The Hatters will take on Mansfield at Kenilworth Road on Saturday trailing 1-0 after the first leg last weekend.

Money told BBC Three Counties Radio their objectives of winning promotion and the FA Trophy were still possible.

"This is not a period to be afraid of, it's a period to enjoy and to accept the challenge," he said.

"We haven't failed, we have everything to play for.

"It's a two-month period that you don't get very often, the chance to win a cup trophy and the chance to get promoted.

"We need a huge support from the terrace."

Unrest amongst Hatters' fans has grown as they have watched their side slip 11 points behind leaders Crawley in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Luton missed out on promotion last year in their first season since relegation from League Two and Money acknowledged expectations were high for a return to League football.

If people think I'm not the person for next year then so be it, but those decisions are not for now

Richard Money

"I went on record the day I arrived here that if we didn't get promoted in the first two seasons I would deem myself a failure," he said.

"We may finish second with a record number of points in both campaigns and still not get promoted.

"If people think I'm not the person for next year then so be it, but those decisions are not for now."

Money also said that the prospect of a Wembley final gave their FA Trophy semi-final huge importance.

"It's one of those competitions that in the earlier rounds looks a hindrance, now everyone desperately wants to achieve.

"I'm hearing they are bringing 1300 fans tomorrow which will make for a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium."

Money also confirmed that defenders Dan Gleeson and Fred Murray were both still sidelined with injury, while midfielders Paul Carden and Robbie Wilmott are cup-tied.

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