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BOSS CONFIDENT OF IMPROVEMENT

5 September 2014

John Still believes the Town will be a different proposition once a number of his senior players return to full fitness.


The Town could have Andy Drury, Alex Lawless and Scott Griffiths back for Saturday’s game with Plymouth.


However, Still is likely to be without Shaun Whalley, Andy Parry and Jonathan Smith.


He said: “Luke Guttridge didn’t start the season and his fitness is getting better…Alex Lawless hasn’t played yet this season but is getting there…Jonathan Smith hasn’t been involved yet. They are three very important players for us.


“If I add Andy Drury and Luke Wilkinson, who have just joined and are still learning the way we play, to that group that’s almost half a team of players that need to blend together and get used to playing with one another. Once they are used to that, and begin playing together regularly, I think we’ll improve. I think it will make a difference.”


The Hatters go in search of their first win at Kenilworth Road back in the Football League in front of the live Sky Sports cameras against Argyle, as well as their first victory since the opening day win at Carlisle.


Having made the step-up into League 2 from the Conference before when with Dagenham & Redbridge, Still knows how much difference is in the standard of opposition between the two divisions.


“Every game at this level is like playing the top three or four in the Conference every week,” said the manager. “That makes it a very competitive league. Every team you play is strong.


“I think the standard improves every year in all divisions. At the top level in the Premier League, clubs are investing huge sums in foreign players, and that pushes players down, and down, and down from the top throughout the leagues below.


“Players who consider themselves Premier League players drop to the Championship, those that believe are Championship standard play in League 1, and those League 1 players find themselves in League, and so on and so forth.


“It’s important to remember that I came here to build this club in the right way. We’re still building it and finding and learning ways to improve it. But the greatest thing is that the people here are working hard at help making it happen.”


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