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Harford and Calderwood celebrate wins over their regional rivals

Luton's big win over League One rivals Peterborough Photo: ITV Anglia

Luton Town's interim boss Mick Harford praised the first team squad for their 'self-management' as they took another step closer to possible promotion from SkyBet EFL League One.

Saturday's (January 19) 4-0 demolition of regional rivals Peterborough was the Hatters' third game since Nathan Jones' switch to Stoke City.

But Harford said he's done little to change things as Luton closed the gap behind leaders Portsmouth to a single point.

A James Collins hat-trick followed by Luke Berry's first goal since February 2018 secured the Hatters' victory at Kenilworth Road.

Peterborough played for more a than an hour with ten men after Ryan Tafazolli was shown a red card for a sliding challenge on Andrew Shinnie.

"The players do take on board what we tell them and what they've been used to ever since the last two and a half years.

"We've been trying to play a certain way, and Ive just come along and just tried to keep it going basically, and keep encouraging them to play that way and motivate them and make sure everything's on a straight and narrow.

"But the players have been brilliant. They self manage themselves and it's a pleasure to be in charge of them."

– Mick Harford, Luton Town Interim Manager

Mick Harford reacts to Luton Town's big win over Peterborough

Peterborough manager Steve Evans chose not to speak with ITV News Anglia after the game, but told the club's official website they would be appealing the red card decision.

Posh were 1-0 down when Tafazolli was dismissed by referee David Coote.

"It's just a shocking, poor bad decision. We'll deal with that in the appeal process, because I don't think the referee's had a bad game but he's got that terribly wrong.

"The second goal is a replica of the first goal. And it's 2-0 and it's ten men and it's hard.

"The two goals we lose in the second half are through naivety and tired legs and ten men.

"So there's no credit in the performance but there's credit for effort and determination in the second half because the boys never stopped."

– Peterborough manager Steve Evans speaking on 'ThePoshTV'
Cambridge clinch victory over Northampton thanks to stoppage time winner Credit: ITV Anglia

Cambridge United Head Coach Colin Calderwood praised his players for their determination to seek a win over regional rivals Northampton in SkyBet EFL League Two.

United were trailing 2-1 midway through the second half, having missed a penalty. But George Raft's header brought them level before David Amoo scored a dramatic stoppage time winner.

That's three straight wins for Cambridge, but they remain five points above the League Two drop zone.

Meanwhile it's just one win in seven league games for the Cobblers' who are just a point clear of Cambridge in 16th spot.

They led twice through goals from Aaron Pierre and Junior Morias, sandwiching Jevanni Brown's equaliser for the hosts.

"I think our situation in the league is wins are so much better than the draw.

"We're at home. We've got four out of the next six games away from home so we really have to be tidy in what we do here (The Abbey Stadium) and try and take maximum points, and we chased it.

"Losing a point may not have been the worst thing had wqe lost the game. It would've damaged us a little bit from gaining a little momentum.

But I just loved the fact that they wanted to score a goal and go and score the next goal. They kept going."

– Colin Calderwood, Cambridge United Head Coach

Colin Calderwood reaction after Cambridge United's narrow win over Northampton Town.

Keith Curle, speaking on Northampton Town's official website, described the defeat at Cambridge as 'a learning curve'

“There are still areas we need to work on, our game management still needs to improve as does our defensive understanding.

“We have good players unavailable for selection through injury but I thought the players who came in acquitted themselves well.

"The result is disappointing but this can be the spur for them."

– Northampton Town manager Keith Curle, speaking on 'ntfc.co.uk'.