Still doesn’t believe in underdog tag

John Still
John Still

Hatters boss John Still has urged his side not to go to League One Peterborough in the FA Cup believing they are underdogs this afternoon.

The hosts are firm favourites to progress after a superb run of form in the league, winning their last five matches, while Town have suffered back to back defeats.

“We can go there and go 11 v 11, FA Cup, let’s get around it and see what we can do.”

John Still

However, Still said: “As stupid as this may sound, my mindset is it’s 11 against 11. If you go in an underdog tag, I don’t really take any encouragement from that.

“I take encouragement that we’ve played four decent teams in cup competitions, Leyton Orient being one that we won, Bristol City being two and Stoke. Those three didn’t beat us, not in the game.

“When we went to Gillingham and I changed the team considerably there as well at half time and Gillingham were going well, we played okay.

“We need to think we can go there and go 11 v 11, FA Cup, let’s get around it and see what we can do.”

As the boss mentioned, Luton’s cup form has been impressive this year, knocking out Championship side Bristol City in the Capital One Cup and then holding Premier League outfit Stoke to a 1-1 draw, only losing on penalties.

Still believes his side can take every confidence from those results as he continued: “We’re talking about a group of players who beat Bristol City at home and played 120 minutes against Stoke City and didn’t get beat, and they’re in the semi-final now, so we’ve got a capability.

“We’ve got to play well, got to find the form that I believe we’re capable of.

“When the draw was made, if we were going to be away, I was happy with Peterborough.

“I’m comfortable with it. It’s going to be a tough, tough, tough game, well that’s okay, I don’t have a problem with that, it may well be a blessing that it’s a tough game for us.

With Luton’s poor league form going into the tie, Still insisted rather than shy away from the encounter, it actually made him more determined to progress.

He added: “When things are not going very well, I look forward to the games a bit more as that’s the challenge, how can we overcome this?

“Whoever you are when you do this job, I think you have to learn about the ups and downs of it.

“I always say never too high with one and never too low with the other. Because if you do you beat yourself up with it, all managers and this is a precarious job for anyone.

“I think that you have to look at yourself 100 per cent and think for all of my career, or at least the last 15-20 years of my career, when things don’t go well, I always look at myself first, always, say ‘what could I do better? What could we be doing better?

“When people use that pressure, I don’t see it. This is a fantastic job that we all do, a privileged job that we all do and the job when you take it has that element in it, whoever you are.

“But if you use that as something that’s going to dictate what you do, it’s not the job for you.”