Newell: Hatters to keep calm
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mike Newell has pledged that Luton will not get carried away with their initial success.After Luton's impressive opening weekend in The Championship, in which they beat Crystal Palace 2-1, manager Mike Newell has pledged that his team will not get carried away with their initial success.
The Hatters seemingly adjusted to life in England's second flight with consummate ease after winning the League One title last year, although will not remain a surprise package for long if their success continues.
With Southampton and Leeds representing their next two opponents, Luton have certainly been handed a tricky welcome, and Newell has vowed to keep his team firmly on the ground as they face the former Premiership sides.
"We certainly won't get carried away, we don't get over-excited," Newell told Sky Sports News.
"It was a good start for us, it will settle the nerves a little bit for players and supporters alike but we won't get carried away.
"It looked like a difficult start for us and it certainly was but it's probably the best start we could have had.
"It's the sort of games the players look forward to, they performed really well to get out of the league last season and they want to prove themselves in this division."
Last season's top scorers Ahmet Brkovic and Steve Howard negated Andy Johnson's strike in Saturday's game, and Luton's victory was made all the more impressive by the fact that they lost two stalwarts of the team in the build-up to the game.
Sol Davis and Chris Coyne were not missed, however, as new boys Markus Heikkinen and Dean Morgan acquitted themselves well, and Newell reserved special praise for the duo who may start again in Tuesday night's game against Southampton.
"Not everyone [is fit]," Newell continued.
"We lost Sol Davis on Saturday at lunchtime and Coyne in the pre-match warm-up which was a bit of a setback, and neither of those are available tonight.
"The lads who came in performed well considering it was their debuts.
"To come in and perform the way they did on Saturday, we're really pleased with them."
After playing Palace, Luton face another relegated side in the shape of Harry Redknapp's Saints, and Newell is anticipating a hard-fought, yet entertaining, contest at Kenilworth Road.
"Our plans will be to go out and enjoy it and hopefully perform the way we did on Saturday, work as hard as we did.
"Harry's side will try to play football, I was with him for a short time at West Ham and he's a good football man.
"He doesn't try to complicate the game so it should make for an entertaining game."