Published: 20/01/2012 14:38 - Updated: 20/01/2012 14:42

Poku in contention for place against Southport

Written byBY JAMES CUNLIFFE

Godfrey Poku
Godfrey Poku

By a strange quirk of fate, Godfrey Poku is available to face former loan side Southport tomorrow (3pm) after a spell out through suspension, though his Luton manager quipped that he won't be tapping him up for inside information.

The midfielder returned to the Hatters earlier this month after a successful spell with the Sandgrounders - where he played 22 league games - but he was immediately ruled out for an accumulation of cautions.

But after being cup-tied for Wednesday's 0-0 FA Trophy draw at Hinckley United, Poku is now eligible to pull on a Hatters shirt for the first time this term and his manager has no qualms about calling upon him - but he won't be taking any tactical tips from the 21-year-old.

"Anyone who knows Godfrey knows that he's got no knowledge," joked Brabin, himself a former Southport player and manager.

But the Town boss is hoping that Poku's experiences at Haig Avenue will help him start challenging for a first team jersey.

"His suspension is up and he'll be vying for a place," said Brabin, adding: "Godfrey is very much a Luton Town player, we'll be assessing that daily and if ever we feel he's not playing enough football here then we might look at a loan again.

"It's up to Godfrey to push for a place in the side."

"I don't think it would be awkward for him [to face Southport], he just wants to play football.

"We've got good competition for places and Godfrey has come into the squad where we seem to be playing the way we want to play, getting some decent results and we've got to continue doing that."

John Paul Kissock is another player with a past at tomorrow's Merseyside opponents, having made the switch in the summer, and the diminutive midfielder did himself no harm with an impressive performance against Hinckley in midweek

Brabin said: "What JP Kissock did on Wednesday is exactly what we've been asking for and what I know he's capable of.

"He excites people but we need to get that in 90 minutes of football and try to get him to understand the other side of football, which he's focused on.

"He's desperate to get in the side and with a couple more performances like the one he produced on Wednesday and he certainly will be."

Last season's trip to Haig Avenue saw Luton lose 2-1 to spell the end to former manager Richard Money's tenure.

His predecessor was second in command that day and is keen to put that right and make it six straight wins in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

"The performance last year was disappointing and we  will certainly want to put that right," Brabin explained, adding: "We are where we want to be in terms of performance and results. This is the most important time of the season. I keep saying that I'm disappointed to be so many points behind the leaders but we have found a bit of form and we can't take our foot off the gas."

The Sandgrounders currently sit seventh in the Conference table, six points behind Luton in third.

Brabin admitted he isn't surprised they are challenging for promotion, after earning a reprieve from relegation last season when Rushden & Diamonds folded, and expects them to be fired up for Luton's visit.

He said: "Southport are a good, honest team, they work hard and have bits of quality. They're up there on merit but we are expecting a tough game and they'll be a wounded animal because they haven't won in the last three games."

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