Luton Town penalties mine - Aaron O'Connor

Aaron O'Connor
O'Connor scored 14 league goals for Rushden last season

Luton Town striker Aaron O'Connor has told his team-mates he is claiming penalty duties from now on.

The Hatters have missed four spot kicks this term, but O'Connor, 28, converted in Saturday's FA Cup win over Hendon.

"I put myself forward. If I'm on the pitch and there's a penalty I'll take it," he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"James Dance had the ball and I took it off him straight away. I felt confident and if there's any more penalties I'll be stepping up for them as well."

O'Connor has featured in all but two of Luton's Blue Square Bet Premier games since arriving at Kenilworth Road from Rushden & Diamonds in the summer.

But his strike against Hendon was only his second goal of the season and the former Grays and Mansfield forward admits he suffered a slow start to the campaign.

"I'm not using it as an excuse but I was carrying a few knocks at the beginning of the season and my performances weren't too great," he said.

"You take that into the next game and before you know it you have two or three games where you haven't been up to par.

"I've been working hard with the physios and it starts from there, the better you feel the better you'll be.

"It's a confidence thing now and every time I go onto the pitch I feel I'm going to play well."

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