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29 September 2012

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Boss Paul Buckle was delighted with his side’s second half performance as the Town moved up to third in the table with a 3-1 win over Southport at Kenilworth Road.

Stuart Fleetwood had the Hatters ahead inside four minutes but the visitors levelled things up on the stroke of half-time through Andrew Parry.

But, as Buckle revealed to Hatters Player, stern words at the break had the desired effect as the Hatters scored twice through Scott Rendell in the opening six minutes of the second half to secure victory.

“I’m happy now, but at half-time I wasn’t,” Buckle said. “The important thing was that we won and, because you’re greedy, you want a performance to go with it and in the second half that’s what we got.

“We made a good start in the first half and I was thinking, like most people in the ground, here we go, we’ll march on from here, but that wasn’t the case.

“We allowed Southport back in the game, maybe we thought it was too easy.

“Allowing them back into it was hugely frustrated and at half-time I gave them a bit of rocket and told them to get their tackles in and to get on the front foot.

“It worked and once we got our noses ahead there was no looking back.

“The second half was where we need to be. We are continually making it hard for ourselves but we’ve got to be patient.

“You’ve got to remember we’re still building a team – today we fielded two centre-halves who hadn’t played with each other before.

“The bar has been raised but there is still room for improvement, we all know that.

“We’re improving all the times and we’re up there in the top three now. We just need to get that consistency and slowly it’s getting there.”

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