DANNY WORTH BIGGER STAGE
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.
PELTING: Luton’s Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu has scored Luton’s fourth