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12 April 2013

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Manager happy with progress after point

John Still believes there is much more to come from his side following an encouraging 1-1 with promotion-chasing Grimsby in front of the Premier Sports TV cameras.

An Alex Lawless equaliser 14 minutes from time earned the Town a point and the manager was full of praise for a performance full of character.

“It’s funny, we were hopeless at Gateashead, but a game like that is part of the process you have to go through and since then we’ve played well,” Still told Hatters Player afterwards.

“I thought we should have won tonight but we’re a little further forward. We can be better and we will be better – we’re making small steps.

“Another plus was going a goal behind and I didn’t think we deserved too. However, we got the equaliser and took the game to Grimsby.

“I thought the response to going a goal behind was fantastic – better than how we played in the first half. We were very unlucky at times but the harder we work the luckier we’re going to get.”

While the manager knows there’s a long way before his team can mount a serious promotion challenge, he was happy that the Kenilworth Road regulars went home impressed with what they saw.

“I enjoy watching my team when they play well. I love it,” said Still. “It’s exciting and entertaining and I want the fans coming here watching us win.

“I want to give the supporters what they so badly need [promotion] and I’m committed to help do that. I could have had it easy and stayed with Dagenham but the desire of this club impressed me so much. It excited me and I want to be the person that makes this club successful.”

Still made two changes to the side that beat Lincoln, and moved midfielder Jonathan Smith to right-back in the absence of captain Ronnie Henry.

“I had a feeling he could play there,” said the boss. “Unless you try it you don’t know. He might turn out to be rubbish and I look stupid or all of a sudden I’m a genius. Unless you look you don’t know.

“It’s all part of me learning about the players.”

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