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STILL SEEKING FURTHER IMPROVEMENT

2 October 2015

Boss happy with progress but consistency and improvement still key

The Town head to Hartlepool on Saturday aiming to make it four wins on the spin in League 2.

But John Still is refusing to get carried away as his side prepare to take on a Pools side who have won just once in their last seven league games.

The Hatters are up to 11th in the table after stringing three wins together for the first time in over a year.

And although the boss is pleased with his side’s continual improvement Still knows there’s a long way to go and Pools will difficult opponents at Victoria Park.

"This isn’t a sprint, it's a long, tough, hard season where you've got to be durable, get a level of consistency and some teams do start particularly bright and fall away,” the boss said at his Thursday press call.

"Others start bright and hang on in there, they can't quite reach the same level but they're there all season. Hartlepool started brightly and they may well come again.

"All the games are tough, you may look back after one and think 'we were reasonable comfortable' but when you look at the team and how they're playing and you think it will be tough.

"That could be even more the case on Saturday because Hartlepool have had a blip because they'll all be saying 'we want to get back to what we were doing.'"

Tuesday’s win at Morecambe moved the Hatters to within two points of the Play-Off places and Still believes his team can get better.

"I think we've played okay this season, although we conceded late goals, and in some games I thought we played as well as we have in the last three games and we didn't get what we deserved,” he said.

"But that's football, and the most important thing is that we keep improving and over time I believe we will get sharper and I know that we'll get stronger and there will be more power in our game.

"The reality is sometimes that no matter how well you're playing, if you're not prepared properly for a variety of reasons that can come back and kick you up the backside.

"But that sharpness has been evident in a few games of late where we've looked a bit brighter and we'll get some more power in our game later, but at the moment we're okay."

You can watch the whole of the manager's press conference ahead of the trip to Hartlepool exclusively on Hatters Player.


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