Red card shame for Lu­ton striker

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By James Cun­liffe

BOSS Nathan Jones ad­mit­ted that he some­times wants to punch ‘wild horse’ Danny Hyl­ton af­ter Lu­ton’s top scorer got him­self sent off in the 2-1 vic­tory over Notts County.

The tri­umph vir­tu­ally as­sured the Hat­ters of a place in the League Two play-offs, with only a mas­sive 18-goal swing ca­pa­ble of end­ing their cam­paign pre­ma­turely. Hyl­ton’s league con­cerns cer­tainly have.

The 26-goal striker came into this con­test two book­ings away from ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 15 and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing three-game sus­pen­sion. He picked up his 14th yel­low for a stupid foul on Magpies keeper Adam Collin, but tan­gled on the turf with County’s Carl Dick­in­son in stop­page time, kicking out, to get his march­ing or­ders.

As it was his sec­ond red card of the cam­paign he will be banned for the last two league games, re­turn­ing for the play-offs, but back on 13 book­ings for the sea­son.

“With Danny, I don’t know what to do with him at times. He’s just like a wild horse,” Jones said. “At times to­day he was im­mense but he’s the best dullest player in the league.

“I get frus­trated with him day in, day out. I try not to be­cause he’s so im­por­tant to me, but some days he just makes me want to punch him.” Asked if Hyl­ton had got the sec­ond

book­ing on pur­pose, the man­ager said: “I don’t think so. He’s not bright enough to have added up and to have done that. The way he did it, I don’t think it was on pur­pose. It was such a stupid chal­lenge.

“Look, he makes me want to pull my hair out. I love him, I love the kid, I re­ally do be­cause he’s done un­be­liev­ably for me, but some days he just makes you won­der what goes on in his bon­net.

“I don’t want to cane him too much or be too dis­ap­pointed be­cause he’s mag­nif­i­cent for me to­day, apart from two acts of Danny Hyl­ton-ness. But it’s not all about Danny Hyl­ton. It’s about a great team per­for­mance. Let’s con­cen­trate on that.” Though County took a sixth minute lead through an un­stop­pable El­liott He­witt shot, Lu­ton were ram­pant for much of the game and should have won by more. Hyl­ton, for all his dis­ci­plinary woes, was fab­u­lous and should have had a sec­ond-half hat­trick hav­ing al­ready hit the cross­bar with a stun­ning ef­fort that led to Ol­lie Palmer’s equaliser. The striker was the only player to fol­low the flight of the long-range curler, head­ing in af­ter the ball crashed back off the un­der­side of the bar.

Lu­ton took a de­served lead in first-half stop­page time when Law­son D’Ath squared to Town’s most in­flu­en­tial player Pelly-Rud­dock Mpanzu, who squirmed a shot into the bot­tom cor­ner.

County, who al­ready had their Foot­ball League sta­tus se­cured, did put up more of a fight in the sec­ond half and, be­cause of Hyl­ton’s waste­ful­ness, it did need Stu­art Moore to put in a com­mand­ing per­for­mance.

His fly­ing fin­ger­tip save to deny Adam Camp­bell was the pick of his in­ter­ven­tions and the vis­i­tors could not find an equaliser. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan was late to emerge from the dress­ing room and said of the de­lay: “It was just a frank dis­cus­sion about what we’ve achieved, where we’ve come from and the rea­sons why the last two games I feel that we haven’t been the team for the five games pre­vi­ously. It has been dis­ap­point­ing.

“We had a go in the sec­ond half but that was about it. In the first half I thought we were very poor, but that’s what hap­pens when you get that re­lief of what these lads have been through this sea­son, of get­ting that safety, know­ing you’re safe. You have that big sigh of breath.”

OFF YOU GO! Lu­ton Town’s Danny Hyl­ton re­ceives his march­ing or­ders

PIC­TURES: Dan West­well

GIDDY UP! Law­son D’Ath leaps on the back of Lu­ton goalscorer Pelly-Rud­dock Mpanzu


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