Tyler keen to clinch a return to league
MARK Tyler is confident two years of hurt will propel Luton Town back into the Football League this weekend.
The former Posh star is expected to start in goal for The Hatters when they take on York City in the Blue Square Premier Division play-off final at Wembley on Sunday.
Since Tyler left Posh (after 486 appearances, the second-highest total in club history) for Kenilworth Road, his new club have been beaten in the semi-finals, by York, and in the final, by AFC Wimbledon, of the play-offs.
York also knocked Luton out in the semi-finals of the FA Trophy and beat them twice in the league this season.
“York have been our bogey side since I’ve been at the club,” Tyler admitted. “But we’re going into the game with some confidence and we are due some luck in the play-offs as well.
“Last season Wimbledon didn’t score a goal against us in three meetings and yet they ended up in the Football League because they beat us on penalties.
“That was hard to take, but this season we’re probably lucky to still be playing so we feel it could be our year.
“We beat Wrexham in the semi-finals when in all honesty they should have been promoted because they almost got 100 points in finishing second and they were 17 points ahead of us.
“They threw the kitchen sink at us in the last 15 minutes of the tie as well as they chased an equaliser, but we held on.
“It’s been an interesting year to say the least. We’ve had three managers and been very inconsistent, but the current boss Paul Buckle knows what he’s doing.
“He won promotion from this division with Torquay and he’s already made us harder to beat and more aggressive.
“Before the semi-final second leg at Wrexham we’d kept six clean sheets in a row and if we do that again on Sunday we should win.”
Tyler is 35 now, but if Luton do return to League Two he will remain part of The Hatters’ squad.
He lost his place for part for part of the current campaign, but he’s done enough to earn another contract at Kenilworth Road.
“I wanted a two-year deal last summer,” Tyler revealed. “They offered me one and said I could have the second year if I played a certain number of games.
“I’d achieved that by Christmas and ended up making nearly 40 appearances. I was involved in every game so I’m happy with that.”