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17 July 2013

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But manager not getting carried away

Town boss John Still was satisfied with his side’s 4-0 victory over Hitchin on Tuesday evening.

The Hatters scored four times in the final 16 minutes to earn their first victory of pre-season to bounce back after Saturday’s defeat at Boreham Wood.

“I was happy Saturday but happier now,” Still said afterwards. “I always look at the bigger picture. I’m really pleased with the boys because we trained this morning and this afternoon. We’ve worked hard because we have to be right when it matters.

“The longer the game went on the better we moved the ball which pleased me, and it’s good to see some more goals to be honest. We had loads of attempts on Saturday but didn’t score but we haven’t done any specific training on work in and around the box in training as yet. That’ll start next week.”

Having fielded two separate XIs at Boreham Wood, Still changed things around and gave 90 minutes to seven players.

“Scott Griffiths, Alex Wall and Steve McNulty all picked up small knocks on Saturday and we won’t risk them, whilst Alex Lawless isn’t quite ready yet,” explained the manager.

“We made changes where we could today and the same will happen on Saturday at Maidenhead. After Saturday we’ll start giving more players 90 minutes and in training we’ll start playing 11 v 11.

“The pre-season plan is going okay and I’ve seen some good performances so far.

“The thing we need to do is pass the ball quicker. There was a lot of good passing tonight but remember, this is pre-season. You can be incredibly good and not start the season well – or be incredibly poor and start the season very well.

“I know what I want to see at this point and so far I’m very pleased.”

Still confirmed that Scott Rendell and Lathaniel Rowe-Turner have joined Torquay and Burton on trial respectively, whilst Arnaud Mendy is in France attempting to find a new club.

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