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10 August 2013

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Boss unhappy with defeat at Haig Avenue

Manager John Still admitted the Town’s opening performance of the season wasn’t good enough.

The Hatters lost 1-0 at Southport in a game that saw captain Steve McNulty sent-off and new signing Shaun Whalley miss a penalty against his former club.

“I think it was a fair result,” Still said afterwards. “I thought Southport had more energy than us in the first half and played with more intensity. They played to their strengths and we didn’t. We never got ourselves going in the first half.

“In the second half we played with more intensity but without looking convincing. It became much harder when Steve was sent-off but we had the chance from the penalty which didn’t go in, so you have to put in the ‘not good enough’ category.

“Whether or not the players thought their form in pre-season was good enough to just turn up here and win I don’t know.

“We’ve not played with any tempo or focus which have been doing and that’s disappointing.”

On McNulty’s dismissal shortly before the hour, Still said: “I’ve not seen it but we’ll have a look at the DVD.”

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