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SWINDON TOWN: It's hair-raising stuff for Luongo
MASSIMO Luongo’s teammates might start hiding the midfielder’s razors after the Australian’s lucky beard worked its magic for a third straight game.
Luongo had been banned from shaving off his facial hair following victories over Tranmere Rovers and Plymouth Argyle and, after Swindon Town’s comprehensive 4-0 victory at Rotherham United on Saturday, it seems as though he’s going to have to sport the rugged look for a little while longer.
The former Tottenham man, who scored the second Town goal at the New York Stadium, explained: “I kept it one day and we won and the boys were saying ‘keep it Mass, see what happens’. I did and we won again so they said ‘you can’t shave it now’.
“I said I’d keep it for one more game and see what happens and we’ve come away and won so maybe I’ll grow it for away games and see what happens.
“I don’t know how far I can go with it. I’ve never grown it this far so we’ll see what happens.”
Luongo’s third strike of the season came courtesy of a massive deflection off the legs of Rotherham midfielder Lee Frecklington, the Aussie’s second lucky goal following the looping cross which beat Crewe goalkeeper Alan Martin back in August – not that he’s complaining.
“If it keeps happening it keeps happening, I’ll take it. On paper you don’t see how I scored you just see a little one next to my name and I’m happy with it,” he said.
“A goal’s a goal, I’m happy with it. Strikers get 40 a season and most of them are deflections and no one complains so I’ll take what I can get.”
While Luongo et al cannot seem to stop scoring at present, striker Nile Ranger is going through something of a goal drought.
The former Newcastle frontman has not found the net since the 3-2 victory over Bristol City but Luongo does not think a four-match barren spell will bother his teammate.
“I don’t think he’s too bothered about scoring,” said Luongo. “He knows and everyone knows that he’s doing a big thing for our team, holding the ball up. Even though sometimes he doesn’t like it he’ll run into the channels and do the work so the team can play.
“I don’t think he’s that bothered. If you met him you’d know that he doesn’t really care.”