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17 August 2013

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Boss on late-gasp point

Boss John Still admitted his side’s performance against Macclesfield was not good enough despite Luke Guttridge’s late goal earning the Town a point.

Guttridge brought the Hatters level in the seventh minute of injury time against the Silkmen to avoid a first home defeat of the campaign.

“It was a point gained in the end,” Still told Hatters Player afterwards. “I think if you have a look at the game and the chances we had, Andre’s hit the post and we’ve had a couple cleared off the line. 

“I thought we should have had a penalty when Shaun was brought down. But, all said and done, we weren’t good. If we had got beat I would have had no complaints.

“However, when you don’t play well anything you get is a bonus. We’ve got to be positive. We had good periods today but didn’t have consistent periods.

“We’ve had two home games and not played well in each of them but we’ve got four points. Once we start playing well it’ll be a different situation.”

Still admitted he thought his side played with fear in the final quarter of the game but didn’t believe that was because of the crowd’s frustration with his side trailing to Chris Holroyd’s 63rd-minute goal.

“In the last 20 minutes we played with a bit of fear,” said the manager. “It crept in a little and we stopped crossing the ball – which was a big part of our game and where we created our best opportunities from. In the end Luke’s goal came from a cross.

“The fear came at a point where we lost our way – not because the of the supporters’ frustration. I truly believe these players can cope mentally, I really do. But when we lost our way our confidence dropped.

“All we have to do is keep working hard. I’ll remind the players of their responsibilities. It’s back to work Monday and I’ll be looking for a response.

“But I’ve been in football a long time, let’s not worry. We’ll work hard and look forward to the challenges we face next week.”

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