Still: Hatters going all out at Shakers

John Still
John Still

Hatters boss John Still has insisted his Luton side will be going all out to reach the FA Cup third round at Bury this afternoon.

Town overcame Newport County AFC 4-2 during an exciting encounter in the previous round and Still is anticipating another thriller today.

He said: “In a league game you get a draw and say that’s not a bad result, but I don’t really want a draw, we’re going to go to win.

“I think this is a proper cup tie, I don’t even mind watching this one, it will be a good game to watch.

“I’m hoping that our usual support gets behind our team and behind another good display.

“Our displays for quite a while now have been very organised, very disciplined and very consistent.

“We’ve played good football against teams that don’t always let us play, they want to close us down.

“We’re just beginning to deal with that though. We found it hard at the start even though we were winning, we found it hard to deal with teams who wanted to close us down and maybe play on the break.”

Although Bury are one of the hot favourites for promotion this season, with a fine start to the campaign, including a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road, they have slipped out of the play-off places after a run of three straight league defeats.

Still continued: “I never take too much notice of the first eight games, some start off like a train and some start slow like we did.

“But gradually the season picks up and proper form comes into it. They showed here they were a good side and I think they’ve had a couple of disappointing results.

“But most teams have that somewhere, somehow, some way, but they’ve got good players.

“They were a club at the start of the season that people would have felt would be up there because of their investment, who they brought in.

“So as far as I’m concerned, this is going to be a really, really tough game.

“It has no bearing on the league, this is a completely different competition and we need to find other ways of dealing with that.”

Although Still admitted that a second successive promotion is his main priority this year, progress in the FA Cup is high on his agenda to, despite the absence of some his star players.

He added: “With a gun to my head, I would probably say promotion would be the biggest thing, but this is important and I want to be as strong as I can for this competition.

“But what we can’t afford to do be it Pelly (Ruddock Mpanzu), Gutts (Luke Guttridge), (Alex) Lawless, Benno (Paul Benson), Ross Lafayette, any of that group that might be classed as regular starters, we want them back as quick as we can, and sometimes by rushing them you put them back a little bit.

“Because Saturday’s here, I want to win Saturday. The fact it’s the FA Cup, does it make it any easier if we didn’t win? Not really. If we looked back at the end of the season, it might do, but at the moment, I wouldn’t say that now.”