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25 September 2013

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Manager revels in thumping away victory

Town boss John Still hailed his side’s 4-0 win at Woking on Tuesday night as “first class”.

The Hatters were three goals to the good at half-time thanks to two goals from striker Mark Cullen and a first-ever for young centre-half Alex Lacey.

And Andre Gray completed the scoring 20 minutes from time with his first goal of the season to seal an emphatic win on the road, much to Still’s delight.

“I’m very pleased, the application for an away game from the players was first class,” the manager said afterwards.

“First and foremost the work-rate was at a level that it should be for an away game. Everyone’s done their bit. Mark Tyler’s made a good save when it was 0-0 and from that moment on we were in the ascendancy.

“After the second goal went in our game grew and grew. We played very well. It was a good away performance and clinical. People were saying we weren’t scoring any goals but have in the last three games they’ve gone in for us.

“It was a classic performance and if I look overall, if it was our day, there could have been two or three more goals there for us.

“But it was such a good performance that I look at the 11 players on the pitch and can’t say they could have given me any more – and that’s very, very pleasing.”

Tyler’s first-half save to prevent Woking striker Gavin Williams from giving the Cards the lead turned out to be crucial as four minutes later Cullen put the Hatters in front.

“You want all of your players to contribute and Mark is a top-class goalkeeper,” said Still. “You want your top players to produce when they need to and Mark did that.”

On Cullen’s double, the first which had a hint of an own goal about it, Still said: “He’s my player so I want him to have it – he deserved it.

“He’s playing down the middle which probably isn’t the right position for him – he needs someone else with him – but he’s been fantastic.”

Luke Guttridge continued his fine start to life in Town colours by setting up the Hatters’ second and third goals.

“Luke’s delivery was right on the money,” said Still. “[Lacey’s goal] was pleasing as it was a move off of the training ground and I’m always pleased when that happens.”

On Gray’s goal, which made it 4-0. “Great ball, great first touch, great finish,” said Still.

The manager confirmed that Alex Lawless missed the victory with a back injury sustained on the morning of the match.

Striker Paul Benson is nearing full fitness as his defender Anthony Charles.

A inter-squad friendly will take place at the training ground this afternoon [Wednesday].

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