Tyler keen to clinch a re­turn to league

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

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.”

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