Still hails his Town side after Nuneaton triumph

Hatters boss John StillHatters boss John Still
Hatters boss John Still
Hatters boss John Still felt his side are showing the form of champions as they powered past Nuneaton with a 5-0 triumph yesterday, writes Mike Simmonds.

On a tough pitch and with a swirling wind, Paul Benson netted twice, while Andre Gray, Luke Guttride and Jake Howells all scored as Town moved a step closer to the Football League.

Styill said: “The pitch was so bobbly, quite a few players were kicking the ball out and you have to deal with that.

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“The wind was up, the pitch was very bobbly and to consistently try and pass move, pass move wasn’t easy. But we dug in first half, worked hard, got in front and I say to the players, champions and winners win in all sorts of conditions, all sorts of refereeing decisions, all sorts of fourth official decisions, you have to find a way.

“We’ve played in difficult conditions over the last five weeks, ankle deep mud, water, wind and we come up with what’s required.

“It’s really important that we do and important that’s out of our heads now and we look to Tuesday.”

Once Town went in front, they never looked back and scored some classy team goals in the second period, with Guttridge’s blast the pick of the bunch.

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Still continued: “We hit patches in games where we get a tempo up and the quality, the movement and the passing was first class.

“We move the ball quickly and the quality of finishing (is excellent).

“Jake Howells’ header was a terrific goal, Gutts’ goal was a terrific goal, Benno’s second goal was a proper centre forward’s header.

“They’re a tough team, they’ve got some good players. I know why they’re in a good position that they’re in and we had to make sure we defended all over the pitch.

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“I thought the back four was outstanding, Scott Griffiths was tremendous and first half Cameron (McGeehan) was absolutely terrific.

“He won every single challenge and that gave us a cornerstone to push on a little bit second half as the goals were well worked and well finished.”

The victory saw Hatters move 11 points clear of nearest rivals Cambridge United, who were in FA Trophy action, but Still isn’t taken anything for granted despite the gap.

He said: “That’s a nice position to be in, and probably teams will look at us and go 11 points, look at their goal difference as well.

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“That’s all very nice, but the time to celebrate is when the job’s over and that’s what we’ve got to do, we’ve got to get the job done.

“We’re doing well, but we’re here to do a job and the job is not done yet. We’ve got to keep working hard and try to complete the job, simple as that.”

Town now host Wrexham on Tuesday night, the last side to beat Hatters in the league, way back on September 13, some 23 games ago.

Still added: “It will be a tough game, I think they’re a decent side, they beat us there and I hold my hands up as afterwards I said I didn’t pick what I realised would have turned out to be the right team.

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“We all make mistakes and I made one, that’s gone, it’s got no relevance to what’s coming up.

“We’ve got to go and play for this club on Tuesday, work as hard as we can and try and get the best result.”

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