Luton told to show nasty streak by manager Paul Buckle

Luton Town manager Paul Buckle

Luton boss Paul Buckle has urged his team to show a "nasty" streak this season in order to secure promotion from the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The Hatters lost their Football League place four seasons ago but are seen by many as favourites to go up this term.

"I've always maintained that no matter what teams throw at us, let's try and bully the game," he said.

"Let's be nasty and aggressive because we know that our good play will come through in the end."

The former Torquay and Bristol Rovers boss said earlier this month that he was "hell-bent" on guiding the team to promotion following their play-off final defeat by York in May.

And he was far from happy with their first-half performance in a season-opening 2-2 draw with Gateshead last Saturday.

Luton followed that with a much-improved display at Kidderminster as they won 2-0, with both goals coming from Stuart Fleetwood.

"On Tuesday, my whole team was different because we had some energy and urgency about them, whereas on Saturday against Gateshead we were on the back foot - we didn't get a tackle in, we didn't win a header and we weren't nasty enough," Buckle told BBC Three Counties Radio.

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Buckle tells Fleetwood 'be the man'

"You can do all the tactics you want, you can do shapes, everything's all very pretty, but unless you've got desire and heart, first and foremost - especially in the league we're in and especially with the way teams play against us - we haven't got a chance.

"Get that right, we've got a real chance."

Striker Fleetwood backed Buckle's efforts to eliminate "grey areas" and said the players were undaunted by the promotion favourites tag.

"I think we were favourites even before the season even kicked off," he added.

"We know we're a massive club, and with the calibre of players we've got we should be up a few leagues but it doesn't always work like that.

"Everybody wants to play well against us but it's the sort of pressure the players here can definitely deal with."

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