The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Wright

CAMERON McGee­han yet again showed his worth to Lu­ton Town man­ager Nathan Jones as the freescor­ing mid­fielder struck the de­ci­sive goal in his side’s win over Bar­net.

The Hat­ters had only won one of their pre­vi­ous six home games in the league and needed a pick-me-up af­ter their dis­ap­point­ing de­feat against Colch­ester on Box­ing Day.

McGee­han’s 11th goal of the sea­son went a long way to­wards lift­ing the mood at Ke­nil­worth Road, as Town re­mained seven points off an au­to­matic pro­mo­tion place and it was a fin­ish that would have alerted any po­ten­tial suit­ors.

Jones said: “The thing is, if we’re not look­ing to sell then the price tag’s ir­rel­e­vant – the Mona Lisa is price­less, you can put what­ever price tag you want on the Mona Lisa but no-one is ever go­ing to sell it.

“If there are peo­ple we don’t want to sell, it’s ir­rel­e­vant.

“Cameron en­joys be­ing here, he’s in a good work­ing en­vi­ron­ment, he’s very ca­reer-driven and he knows that, even­tu­ally, he’ll end up where he wants to end up, but we hope that’s with Lu­ton.”

On Lu­ton’s im­proved per­for­mance, Jones added: “We wanted less pos­ses­sion, more pen­e­tra­tion, play­ing in their half a lit­tle bit more, so we tried to pen­e­trate quicker than we nor­mally do.” De­fender Alan Shee­han pro­duced a mo­ment of bril­liance to open the scor­ing for Lu­ton af­ter 31 min­utes by bend­ing a free-kick from 25 yards right in the top cor­ner.

There was con­tro­versy in Bar­net’s equaliser, as Jake Tay­lor was given time to cross and Bira Dem­bele, who looked sus­pi­ciously off­side, headed the ball home from close range.

The Bees then sur­vived a goal­mouth scram­ble just be­fore half-time, as Glen Rea had a header cleared off the line be­fore Jamie Stephens saved bravely from Danny Hyl­ton.

But the Hat­ters were back in front four min­utes af­ter the restart when McGee­han hooked in for an ex­cel­lent fin­ish af­ter Shee­han’s free-kick was cleared his way.

Soon it was 3-1, as Alex Gil­liead fired a ter­rific low shot into the bot­tom cor­ner for his first league goal for Lu­ton since ar­riv­ing on loan from New­cas­tle.

And Bar­net in­terim boss Rossi Eames had to try and find the pos­i­tives.

“The per­for­mance was good in places, but the way we’ve played at cer­tain times, that game wasn’t up to our usual stan­dards and there is room for im­prove­ments on things,” he said.

“We’ve got to get up again and as coach I’ve got to take full ac­count­abil­ity of it and work to im­prove.

“We could have started the sec­ond half a lot bet­ter, I thought. The sec­ond half is what we’ve got to look at and rec­tify.

“They’re [three] great fin­ishes and Lu­ton have got some fan­tas­tic play­ers, but in the phases lead­ing up the goals, I think we can do bet­ter.”

PIC­TURES: Gareth Owen

NEW YEAR CHEER: James Justin cel­e­brates with Alex Gil­liead at the fi­nal whis­tle STAR MAN SCOTT CUTH­BERT Lu­ton

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