Still critical of Town’s defending during Dons defeat

John Still
John Still

Hatters boss John Still was highly critical of his side’s defensive display during their 3-2 defeat at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Luton, who were without the suspended centre half pairing of Luke Wilkinson and Steve McNulty, fell 2-0 behind in the first half after an Adebayo Akinfenwa-inspired Dons were good value for their lead.

The Hatters then hit back to level at 2-2, before they were caught out once more by a long ball over the top in injury time, with sub David Connolly netting a cruel winner.

Still said: “First half I didn’t think our back people coped, I didn’t think they coped at all, which was disappointing because they played together at Mansfield.

“Second half, they coped fantastic, absolutely fantastic, but made a mistake at the end, one punt down the middle, and that’s not good enough.

“I don’t want to do these players a disservice, because they battled hard at Mansfield and battled hard here.

“But it’s about being the best and for some of the boys who have come in, it was their opportunity to say I’m going to stay in the team.

“That’s how I felt and what I wanted them to do, it was their chance to nail a place.

“We don’t concede goals, or we haven’t since I’ve been here, and we shouldn’t concede three goals, simple as that, we should never concede the last goal.”

Still was disappointed with certain individuals for not carrying out the roles that had been worked on in training either, as for Dons’ second, no-one picked up midfielder Dannie Bulman, who rifled into the top corner from the edge of the box.

The boss continued: “People have responsibilities, there should be someone on the edge of the box, we do it non-stop every week, so that’s the disappointing thing.

“I’ve got to look at now what I can do to rectify the situation which has seen us concede more goals than we should.

“We’ve had changes all season, people have to step up to the plate.

“I’m not pointing fingers at any individuals but I have to look at some of the players who have come in to replace the people that perhaps would have been playing.

“We have to play with more discipline. It’s disappointing as we’ve worked so hard to get back, but there’s nothing we can do about that now, we have to get back in and work hard on Monday.”

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