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28 February 2013

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Still assess squad for Saturday

John Still admitted he was too excited to sleep on Wednesday night ahead of his first training session in charge of the Town on Thursday.

And when the manager arrived at the Hatters' training ground he found strikers Andre Gray, Scott Rendell and Jon Shaw unavailable for training. 

"I was really surprised to see so many injured, to be honest," said Still.

Still, at his first pre-match press conference, told the media that Gray was ill, that he hopes Rendell - who picked up a back injury in the defeat at Braintree - will resume training on Friday, and that Shaw's hamstring injury is only a short-term problem.

A trip to Stockport County will be his first game in charge. Watching the defeat at Braintree hurt Still. "I felt like a fan, watching in the stands, heading and kicking every ball but unable to do anything about what was going on," he said. He witnessed Wayne Thomas' red card. The cameraman at Cressing Road didn't though - they'll be no appeal against the defender's red card as the footage was inconclusive. He'll miss the first of a three-match ban on Saturday.

That means they'll definitely be one change for the manager's first match at the helm. 

After a Thursday morning meeting with the squad, Still hopes that by the time kick-off ticks around on Saturday he will have spoken to all the players about his intentions.

"I'll sit down one-on-one with the players and outline the John Still way," he said. "I'll tell them how John Still works...if it's not for them they can tell me - and we'll make other arrangements. 

"Here's a saying for you: 'you can't be a little bit pregnant' - you're either with me or your not. If you are you're going to enjoy fantastic success."

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