Luton goalkeeper Tim Krul expressed disappointment as his team had to settle for an FA Cup third-round replay against League One high-flyers Bolton.
The teams played to a goalless draw at Kenilworth Road. Alfie Doughty hit the post, and VAR controversially denied a penalty. Andros Townsend and Jordan Clark also had close attempts.
Bolton’s solid defense earned them another chance to face the Premier League team. The replay forces Luton to reschedule their warm-weather training retreat. Also their league game against Burnley was moved up three days to January 12 to accommodate the replay.
“Normally I’d be happy with a clean sheet but there’s a lot of disappointment that we didn’t get the win.” said Tim Krul, who started in place of Thomas Kaminski.
“I think in the first half we weren’t quite at it. We were about 80 per cent. The second half we really came out flying.
“We did enough to get over the line. We hit the post, had plenty of shots and maybe we could have had a penalty. So I think we were a bit unlucky.
“I think it’s a good reminder that we need to be at it from the start in any game and every game. So we’re disappointed but I think we know on Friday at Burnley we need to be at it from the start.”
Tim Krul: I do believe we can stay up
Krul, who joined Luton from Norwich in August, made his third appearance, mostly serving as a backup to the impressive Kaminski this season.
“I’m loving it.” Tim Krul said of life at Kenilworth Road. “I do feel there’s a spirit around the club and a true belief that we can stay up.
“We have given the big teams, especially at home, a hard time. Maybe we’ve deserved more points so there’s a lot to come from us.
“We know it’s going to be hard, but we’re going to give everything we’ve got.”