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20 October 2015

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20 October 2015

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Manager hopeful of turnaround after Saturday set-back

John Still is hoping the Town can put the second half of Saturday’s defeat at Crawley behind them when the Hatters entertain Leyton Orient at Kenilworth Road tonight.

The Town looked set to make it five wins from six games when in control and in front at half-time at the weekend before falling apart to lose 2-1 after a second half the manager described as “abysmal”.

"It was really weird, Saturday, because we played how I would have expected us to play in the first half. I was really pleased, but in the second half we were shocking," Still said at his Monday press call.

"I didn't see it coming, I really didn't, and I was really disappointed with the first goal, although we couldn't do anything about the second goal.

"I was disappointed with the defending for the first goal, but I was really disappointed with the quality of our football in the second half.

"It was like switching a light off from the first half to the second half, but this being football we have a chance to rectify that pretty quickly."

The Town host an Orient side who have only won once in their last eight games having previously topped the table by winning their first five games in League 2.

And although the Hatters beat the O’s in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in September, Still knows that victory means nothing in the context of tonight’s game.

"We'll put the other game to one side," said Still. “Even if we both had full teams out, it's a cup game and cup games are different so I wouldn't put anything on that which would make a difference to this game.

"We could have both played full strength teams, but it was another day and another situation so we'll play this game and not really call on the last game we played.

"We understand their strengths and weaknesses and that's all we're worried about.

"I think it will be an open game. We'll look to attack as much as we can as we feel that we've got goals in us and I hope they'll want to attack because we've had some games here where we're working hard to break teams down."

Watch the manager’s press conference on Hatters Player.

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