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SMALL STEPS

16 April 2013

Boss on Exiles game

The Town host Play-Off bound Newport County tonight and all manager John Still wants is another good performance.

Since the dreadful 5-1 defeat at Gateshead the Hatters have beaten Lincoln 3-0 and drawn 1-1 with Grimsby.

As the boss says it’s small steps but even if the Town were to record three points against Newport Still won’t be getting to excited just yet.

“I’m expecting us to play okay, and as long as the level of performance is of an acceptable standard, that will mean we’re gradually finding a part of where we want to go to,” the manager told the local media at his Monday press conference.

“Would it be good to play well and win? Yes. Would it be good to play well and not win? That would be all right as well.

“Performance levels are what we’re looking for. I don’t think it will tell us any stories about where we’re going to be next year, I think it might show how much the players are learning for what we’re trying to do.

“It’s been difficult as we played on Friday, warmed down on Saturday, trained today, can’t do too much as we’re playing Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“Technically Monday is our last training session as we’ll warm down on Tuesday and Wednesday, play Thursday, travel Friday and play Saturday.

“I’m not really pushing much into them at the moment, a lot of it is down to players understanding it.

“We lost at Gateshead but have responded with two really, really good performances.

“If you are suffering from a lack of confidence, well work harder, play better and get over it. Sulking or being miserable and not wanting to express yourself, is not going to get you anywhere.

“It’s quite simple. If you play football, you want to enjoy it and get a smile on your face, you can’t play in a shell.

“You should get an enormous amount of pleasure. A lot of people have jobs they don’t like, these people have jobs they love, so go out there and don’t play under a cloud.

“We’re going to get a ball out and go and play football. Are we going to go and play football or are we going to go and unload lorries in the cold?

“There’s nothing wrong with unloading lorries or working in supermarkets or cleaning streets, I wouldn’t degrade that.

“But you’ve got a chance to play football every day of the week, come on! That’s how I look at it, play with a smile on your face.”


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