LUTON boss Kevin Blackwell has warned former club Town: “Beware of Paul Furlong.”
The Hatters head North on Saturday aiming to build on the 2-1 home win over Port Vale which put them 13th in League I.
Before that, they’ll be focused on tonight’s Carling Cup third-round showdown with Charlton at Kenilworth Road.
Former QPR frontman Furlong, 38, will be going for his sixth goal of the season against the Addicks.
And Blackwell, the former Town goalkeeper and coach, is delighted with his contribution so far.
“I have been saying for many weeks that Paul is a tremendous acqusition for this club,” said Blackwell, who is bidding to get Luton back into the Championship at the first attempt.
“People don’t always understand the role he plays, but he was excellent against Port Vale.”
Furlong, on the scoresheet alongside midfielder David Bell on Saturday, was snapped up on a free transfer soon after his release by Rangers at the end of last season.
He had spent five years at Loftus Road, having previously played for Coventry, Watford, Chelsea and Birmingham.
Against Vale, he displayed clinical finishing to sweep home a Bell corner on the half-hour mark.
That was added to in spectacular style when the impressive Bell unleashed a left footed drive from 25 yards in the 86th-minute.
Luke Rodgers pulled one back in the last minute, leaving former Leeds boss Blackwell to sweat his way through stoppage time.
“I think once again with the possession and chances we created there should have been more goals,” said the manager.
“We are taking teams apart in the first half of matches.
“But maybe we think it’s too easy and then come out in the second period with the wrong mindset.”
Like Town, Luton have three League I wins to their credit, with Hartlepool, Gillingham and now Vale have been seen off at Kenilworth Road.
In the Carling Cup, they’ve defeated Dagenham and Redbridge and Roy Keane’s Sunderland.