The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

NATHAN Jones be­lieves star striker Danny Hyl­ton could be play­ing much higher up the foot­ball lad­der as his dou­ble helped Lu­ton close in on the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion po­si­tions with an im­pres­sive thrash­ing of strug­gling Yeovil.

Hyl­ton led the way for the vis­i­tors with two first-half goals as the Hat­ters made the most of Carlisle’s de­feat at Ply­mouth to move to within a point of the Cum­bri­ans with a game in hand.

Af­ter the break fur­ther strikes from Glen Rea and Pelly Rud­dock Mpanzu em­pha­sised Lu­ton’s su­pe­ri­or­ity as Yeovil’s win­less league run was ex­tended to seven games.

Hat­ters boss Jones said: “I’m very pleased with the win be­cause this can be a dif­fi­cult place to come and I’ve seen Yeovil get up for big games here.

“It could have been tough for us but I thought we were ex­cel­lent from start to fin­ish. I think we’ve got the two best strik­ers in the league and they were a con­stant threat.

“Af­ter go­ing 2-0 up I thought we then got a lit­tle bit slack be­fore half-time but once we got the third goal we were com­fort­able.

“I think Danny Hyl­ton is a Cham­pi­onship striker. I worked at Brighton and he could go into their squad no prob­lem.

“He’s a credit to him­self and leads the line su­perbly. He can be a pan­tomime vil­lain for op­po­si­tion fans, but he’s as good as I’ve worked with.”

Hosts Yeovil are eight points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone but have slid down the ta­ble in wor­ry­ing fash­ion af­ter record­ing just one win in 16 League Two matches.

Man­ager Dar­ren Way said: “We were up against a very good team and Hyl­ton ran the show for them from start to fin­ish.

“He got a stand­ing ova­tion at the end and was a real threat all the time he was on the pitch. We couldn’t con­trol him.

“I’ve got a young group of play­ers who are learn­ing all the time and it was a dif­fi­cult game for them.

“I knew this sea­son would be tough. The play­ers are giv­ing ev­ery­thing but we have to make sure we don’t get into a los­ing habit.

“We have to stick to­gether and make sure we do all we can to stay in the Foot­ball League. We have to be re­silient as a group.”

Lu­ton went ahead on eight min­utes af­ter Yeovil de­fender Be­vis Mu­gabi fouled Isaac Vas­sell as he bore down on goal. Hyl­ton stepped for­ward to take the penalty and lifted it high into the net to make. Af­ter Rea saw his shot cleared off the line, Hyl­ton struck again, sprint­ing clear and round­ing keeper Ar­tur Krysiak be­fore slot­ting into an empty net.

Af­ter the break, Rea headed in from an Alan Shee­han free­kick to make it 3-0 be­fore Mpanzu rounded things off.

The mid­fielder cut in from the left wing and fired a low shot past Krysiak at his near post to com­plete an em­phatic win.

PIC­TURES: Gareth Owen

PELT­ING: Lu­ton’s Pelly Rud­dock Mpanzu has scored Lu­ton’s fourth

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