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1 April 2014

Club News


1 April 2014

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The final countdown...

The Town may have played 39 games already this campaign but for John Still the season starts tonight at Dartford.

The Hatters are within touching distance of promotion; 13 points clear at the top with just seven games to go. 

Eight long, hard and, quite frankly exciting, months of football have been played so far.

Now the Town are in the home straight, the finishing line is in sight, and the boss is concentrating on what promises to be a momentous final 26 days of the season.

"For me it is about forgetting what has gone and focusing on these final seven games of the campaign," said Still at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

"In my mind April is a mini season where we and the rest have to negotiate some really difficult fixtures.

"At Dartford our season starts and we have to get as many points from this month as we can.

"I want to be satisfied come the end of the season that we did everything we could and regret nothing."

The boss takes his side to an old stomping ground of his (although technically Still wasn’t in charge at Dartford at their Princes Park home), knowing both clubs need the points for different reasons.

The Darts have lost just two of their last 10 games and stand a fighting chance of avoiding relegation to the Skrill South.

And Still realises how tough the game will be for side.

"Dartford are fighting for their lives now,” said Still on his former club. "At this is the stage of the season everyone’s fighting for everything. Some are fighting for the Play-Offs, some are fighting to stay up.

"You might have the four or five clubs that couldn’t care less about the result and that makes them dangerous.

"But Dartford have got everything to play for and as they showed against Macclesfield on Saturday and against Cambridge. It’s going to be tough and I know it’s going to be tough."

A difficult game no doubt, but these are the games that the boss relishes.

"I love tough," he said. "That’s what’s going to make me a better manager.

"If we were going out there and winning 6-0 every week what would I learn? What would I know?

"I’m really happy with tough games and whoever we play, it’s the toughness that for me is the key. I love it, that’s when you realise you’ve done something and achieved something."

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