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7 March 2014

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Boss on importance of determination and work ethic

There was one line from John Still’s press conference on Thursday that has epitomised the Town’s season so far: “As long as we can go out, work hard and compete at the top level all the time, we have enough ability in the team to score goals and not concede goals”.

In a nutshell: You do your job properly and work hard, if you don’t cut corners the result will take care of itself.

That’s precisely what the Hatters have been doing week in, week out for the past 25 matches in the Skrill Premier.

“Tough” games have come and gone, each time ticked off without defeat, but another toughie awaits on Saturday as the Hatters head to Play-Off chasing Salisbury. 

Mikey Harris’ side lie sixth in the table and have won 12 of their 17 home matches this term, losing twice – the last defeat seven matches back.

“All games are tough. People look at Saturday and we won 3-0, but it was still a tough game, we still had to work hard,” said Still.

“We still had to work incredibly hard at Nuneaton and we won 5-0, but for 45 minutes it was tough.

“You have to continually work hard, that’s the cornerstone.”

The beauty of sport, and football in particular, is that you never quite know what to expect. It’s something Still realises and understands. 

And that’s where controlling the controllables comes in.

“All games are different,” said Still. “But Salisbury at home might think they will have more of a go and we have to prepare for all eventualities and we will be.

“We have one way of playing. We’ll try and stick to that and try to play at the tempo that’s right for us.

“We have to decide there and then what Salisbury are going to try and do with half an eye on that – but not too much.”

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