SEAN Rigg picked up a cut eyelid and a black eye at Crawley Town on Tuesday and he’s desperate to give Luton Town a bloody nose tomorrow.

The Newport County AFC midfielder has not forgotten his last trip to Kenilworth Road when the hosts took all three points thanks to a controversial 97th-minute penalty.

Cameron McGeehan, who scored both goals in the ill-tempered clash in August 2016, went on to brand the Exiles as “sore losers” and “cheats” and “the type of team that give League Two a bad reputation” in the fiery aftermath.

McGeehan has since joined Championship club Barnsley and Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, who won that stoppage-time penalty, will miss the match through suspension.

Several County players have also moved on in the intervening 13 months but Rigg says he and teammates Joe Day, Scot Bennett, Dan Butler, Ben Tozer and Joss Labadie will be intent on gaining revenge over the Hatters.

“It’s a really big game,” said Rigg. “They’ve done well over the last couple of seasons so it’s going to be really tough for us down there.

“Last season we were robbed of a point when they dived in the box to win a penalty so that was frustrating and we want to go there to prove a point and try to get the win.

“It always sticks in the back of your mind and we want to go and get three points this time.”

And Rigg insists that the Exiles players won’t be overawed by the expected 7,000 crowd at Kenilworth Road.

“People say it’s intimidating but I’ve never had a problem with it,” said the former AFC Wimbledon man, who turns 29 on Sunday.

“Once you’re out on the pitch as a player you kind of block it all out and concentrate on your own game and the team performance.

“You don’t really hear any of it until you come off at half-time and they’re trying to get at you from the tunnel.

“The bigger atmosphere the better so hopefully they’ll be nice and loud and we’ll take a few down and it will be a good game.”

And Rigg won’t let his wounds from Tuesday’s win at Crawley affect him either.

“I had a couple of stitches,” he said. “I got caught by a glancing header that burst my eyelid.

“It was a bit of a battle but we got the three points in the end and that’s the main thing.

“I think in the last three games we’ve had a slightly slow start and that’s not helped.

"We need to start a little bit better.

“But it’s good to get a few wins on the bounce after that loss at Morecambe and hopefully we can start a nice little run now.”

On the season so far, he continued: "It’s been a really good start and it’s great to be up there challenging.

"It’s a nice feeling. It’s hard work but all the hard work in pre-season and up to now has paid off.

"Last year we had a good team on paper but it took us a long time to knit together and bond as a team on and off the pitch.

"We’ve strengthened the squad this year and that has helped a lot.

"We’ve got some great players and good competition and I think we can keep this going."

If County can keep their good form going then the fans will be eyeing a tilt at the play-offs – something Rigg knows all about from his time at AFC Wimbledon.

"Team morale was massive when I was at Wimbledon," said Rigg, who reached the play-offs with his former club in 2015-16. "Everyone got on really well.

"That’s a really big thing and I think that is the same here this year.

"At Wimbledon that year we were floating around mid-table and we had a couple of good runs to get us into the play-offs.

"Hopefully we can keep it up and we can repeat what I did that year."