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STILL'S EARLY SEASON ASSESSMENT

12 September 2014

The boss senses improvement isn't far away...

With six games down and 40 to go, the Town find themselves in a similar position to last season after an indifferent start to the season.

On Saturday the Hatters host second-placed Cheltenham aiming to earn their first victory in League 2 since the opening day triumph over Carlisle.

Rewind a year ago and the Town lost 2-0 at Wrexham in the Conference and were 10 points behind the leaders. The Hatters wouldn’t lose again for 27 matches…

But while last season’s start hasn’t exactly mirrored the Hatters’ first six matches back as a Football League club 12 months on, manager John Still believes the signs of improvement in recent weeks is encouraging.

“I know where we are, I know what round pegs are in round holes and what square pegs might have been in round holes,” said Still at his press conference on Thursday.

“We’ve been governed by injury and you can only do so much, but, by and large, I’m well aware of what individuals can do and I’m well aware of how well the team can play.

“If I was in any doubt, I can look at the team that played Plymouth last week because that was a real Luton team.

“We moved the ball well, passed it quickly and created opportunities, although we didn’t take them.

“There have been a couple of games in which we haven’t created as much as we should have, but the movement against Plymouth – the one-touch passing – was as good as anything we’ve produced this season and even last year – so I know that’s still in us.

“We just need to keep working hard all of the time. In my mind form is temporary…and we’ll keeping working hard to ensure that form comes back. I fully expect us to start finding the target, just like we did last year.

“The confidence is there, we still have the resilience, and on another day we come in at half-time against Plymouth a couple of goals up and I think the game would have been over.

“But we weren’t, we didn’t. So we’ll look for that on Saturday.”

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