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17 April 2013

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Manager John Still was further encouraged by his side’s performance after watching the Town draw 2-2 with Newport County at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night.

The Hatters twice led thanks to two goals from Andre Gray but Newport, already secured of a Play-Off spot, hit back twice through substitute Christian Jolley to earn a share of the spoils in front of the Premier Sports TV cameras.

While disappointed with the goals conceded, the boss is happy with the strides his team have made over the past month which has seen the Hatters taken on three sides in the top five.

“I thought we played well first half and not so well in the second,” Still told Hatters Player. “We need to work on our teamwork but the signs were very positive.

“We need to work on playing better without the ball, because with it at the moment we’re doing okay.

“It was a good start with Andre’s goal but I thought our first half performance warranted more than goal if I’m being honest.

“Newport came out strong in the second half and probably had the greater share of the ball but we always looked dangerous on the counter attack.

“I thought we did okay defensively but I’m disappointed with the goals we conceded. They weren’t poor goals because of a lack of team-work but poor goals because of individual errors.

“I’d always have an efficient player who doesn’t make mistakes over a better player who can make glaring errors.

“However I’ve got to look at the bigger picture and the bigger picture is I think we’re on our way.

“We’ve been playing some good teams recently who have been together a long time whose team-work is better than ours and, I’ll tell you what, there’s not a lot in it.

“We’re beginning to play the football I like to play: quick, attacking, getting at the oppositions’ defence, and we’re spreading the goals around now too. Two for Andre, two the other week for Dave Martin, one for Alex Lawless last Friday.

“It can get better and it will and there’s plenty of improvement in us.

“I’m seeing good signs, but it will take time...and when we get it’ll be great.

“Yes it’s disappointing to see us concede the goals we did but at the moment it’s just as important for me to see the negatives as it is the positives. I need to see who can deal with pressure, who can deal with us going ahead, who can deal with us when we’re behind. Who can I rely on?

“There are never any negatives for me. Everything is a positive in a strange way.”

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