Elite level mentality
Not only did last campaign’s top-half finish represent a massive step-forward for our club but it also played its part in boosting expectation levels around Kenilworth Road.
In saying that, at the start of the campaign, achieving a play-off finish seemed a mightily ambitious ask, especially when considering the sheer amount of changes within the playing squad, however, there appeared to be a glimmer of hope within the fanbase, and the wider EFL community that a top-six spot was actually achievable.
Of course this was not blind optimism, the continued success we have seen over the last few years, combined with the intelligent recruitment seen both on and off the field provided us fans with reasons to be excited for the campaign.
But like any season, it has not all been plain sailing and shifting emotions have been a common theme. We have experienced some unbelievable highs, with Coventry at home and Millwall away aiding the rise of expectations, whilst we have also been dealt a number of lows, with our recent trip to Fulham and the continuation of injury issues springing to mind.
Over and above all, it has been the mentality within the squad that has impressed me the most.
As stated before, there have been disappointing results and performances but it is that bouncebackability factor that has seen us maintain our high position.
It is this elite mindset within the squad that will act as a confidence booster now we have secured a play-off spot - That never say die attitude that we have displayed in abundance throughout the season.
It is now Huddersfield Town who we will face in the play-off semi-finals, and you can draw a few parallels from what we have seen with the Terriers throughout this campaign.
Carlos Corberan’s men are another side who have assembled a squad for a very small total fee, with the Yorkshire club certainly taking a sustainable approach to this season.
They are also an extremely organised outfit who have proven to be difficult to break down as the season has progressed.
Now we are in the play-offs, the levels of belief will naturally go up, with a spot at Wembley within our sights, a truly spectacular achievement thus far.
As fans of this remarkable football club, it has been a rollercoaster of a ride over the last 15 years, so to just be in this position is a height I did not expect to see in a very long time.
Not only can we be extremely proud of what has been achieved thus far, our sustainable approach allows us to continue possessing these high levels of expectation in the immediate future.
The play-offs have proven to be a stumbling block for us over the last 10 or so years, but one thing we have learnt about this current Luton team is that you would be foolish to write them off.