Just another game, says Still
Town boss John Still isn’t out for revenge this weekend at Crawley – he just wants to see a better performance from his team.
The Hatters put in what the manager described as “the poorest performance of the season so far” in the second 45 minutes at Crawley three weeks ago when the Town surrendered a 1-0 half-time lead to lose 2-1 at the Broadfield Stadium.
On Saturday the Hatters head back to Crawley in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday but Still doesn’t see any significant about the previous meeting – just an opportunity to move into the next round.
“People say to me ‘it's a chance for revenge’. It's not a chance for revenge because that game has gone, we can't change that, we got beat,” said Still at his Thursday press call.
“This is another game and hopefully we can produce 90 minutes of football and not 45.
“In the second half we lost it completely and we've worked our way back a bit since then, but we were poor that day.”
The Town, who were runners-up in 1959, reached the fifth round of the FA Cup in 2013 and the third round last term.
And Still hopes the Hatters can progress in the tournament and go on and secure a plum tie – just like Cambridge did against Manchester United after beating the Town in round three last season.
“It's the best cup competition in the world, for me. The FA Cup went out of fashion a bit a couple of years ago when Manchester United didn’t enter,” said the manager.
“The race for Champions League football maybe made teams decide to alter their side a little bit, but I think it's come back in fashion again.
“It's a fantastic competition for all clubs – clubs that can win it and clubs that can get great games in it and we would come into that second category.
“It's a double-edged sword for the club with obviously the financial rewards and for players, the career rewards are very good so I look forward to it every year.”
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