Foley confident of beating drop
By James Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kevin Foley has told <EM>skysports.com</EM> what he thinks Luton must do to avoid relegation.
Kevin Foley has told skysports.com what he thinks Luton must do to stay in the Championship this season.
Luton are currently just one point above the relegation zone but Foley has been a shining light in an otherwise disappointing campaign for Mike Newell's men.
"We haven't won this year in the league, and for as long as that continues the pressure will mount, we realise that," he said.
"We're very confident though. We've lost some big names this season and had a poor run of injuries, but we know that we've got enough quality to get us out of this situation."
Only Burnley lost more matches than Luton on the road last season but The Hatters still finished tenth, and Foley feels home advantage could be a key factor in his side's attempts to remain in the Championship.
He urged: "I think we've got to use Kenilworth Road to our advantage.
"We did it last year and it served us well.
"At the end of the day it is a tight ground with the crowd right on top of you, and some opposition players struggle to come to terms with that."
Luton face four relegation-threatened sides during March in Leeds United, Hull City, Ipswich and Burnley, and Foley recognises the significance of staying unbeaten in those matches.
"Of course it's points that count, and by winning or drawing you are ensuring those other sides aren't gaining points, but it's a confidence thing too, and knowing you are as good as, or better, than the other sides down there with you gives you the belief that any club needs," he explained.
Foley's form has seen him close to forcing his way into Steve Staunton's senior Republic of Ireland starting line-up of late.
"The World Cup in 2010 is really the big hope for me, but being in and around the international team has been a huge thing and has certainly helped the way I have been playing this season in the Championship."