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JS: A BETTER SECOND HALF

26 February 2014

Boss

It was a testament to how well the Town have been playing in recent weeks that manager John Still thought his team’s second half performance was better than the first in which they led 4-0 at half-time.


The Hatters made it 12 straight home league wins and 17 goals in their last three matches in the 5-0 win over Wrexham to extend their lead over Cambridge to 14 points after another display of attacking football.


But the Town’s display in the first half did not entirely please the manager despite two goals from Luke Guttridge and one each from Andre Gray and Paul Benson.


“I didn’t think we were that good in the first half,” Still told Hatters Player. “We were 4-0 up but I thought we were better in the second half even though we only scored once.


“I can understand if that sounds like I’m being critical but the thing with this team is they’ve set the standard and it’s important to keep it that way.


“Are the players playing well? Of course they are. Do they need a reminder if they’re not doing their jobs? Yes, and that’s my job.


“It’s fantastic to win and to score five against a decent team. The last three games we have been absolutely terrific in front of goal and it’s important that we keep it going. That’s what winners do. Winners have one way of playing.


“In the second half we’ve shown how to close down and I can’t remember Wrexham having a shot into the last minute. They got in a couple of times in the first half and we’re better than that. I’m not going hard them but it was important to remind the players about what’s important.


“At 4-0 I could have gone in the dressing room at half-time and given them all a pat on the back but that isn’t going to make them better players.”


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