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4 March 2013

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Boss keen on keeping things simple - for the time being

Pleased with Saturday’s 1-0 win at Stockport in his first game in charge, Town boss John Still is hoping his side can make it two of two at Nuneaton on Tuesday.

It’s a game that comes round – like they all will from now on – quickly, and the Hatters manager admitted that as a result his team is unlikely to change much.

“There hasn’t been much time to prepare, it’s been almost impossible,” said Still at his pre-match press conference on Monday. “You need two or three lots of a full week’s training to get ideas over.

“I had one session last week, one today [Monday] to prepare for Nuneaton, and I’ll have two more, on Thursday and Friday, to prepare for next Saturday.

“You have to be careful not to give too much information to the players too quickly, otherwise they’ll get mixed messages. 

“At the minute I’m working on one thing, and gradually I’ll introduce different things, but it’s difficult to get all the ideas over straight away.”

Janos Kovacs will miss Tuesday’s game with a hamstring injury, whilst Still will also be without defender Wayne Thomas who sits out the second game of a three-match ban for a red card at Braintree.

And the manager hinted that Kovacs’ omission will lead to the only change on the night.

“I don’t like chopping and changing players’ positions,” he said. “At the moment I wouldn’t want to make two or three changes of players in positions because it’s unfair.

“Sometimes playing players in the same position all the time can improve levels of performance to an acceptable level.”

Still takes his side to face a Nuneaton side desperate for the points in their quest to stave off an immediate return to the Blue Square Bet North.

And the manager knows how difficult it will be for his team to earn another three points.

“The days are gone of easy games,” said Still. “I watched bits of the Man Utd v Norwich game. Man Utd won 4-0 but at 1-0 that wasn’t easy for them.

“All levels of football are tough. Whoever we play, whether they’re above or below us in the table, I know it will be tough.

“I’ve read reports on Nuneaton and have the knowledge of the coaching staff but, while it’s important to look at them, it’s important we focus on what we’re doing.”

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