Still insists Luton are back on track despite Pompey defeat

John Still
John Still

Hatters boss John Still believes his side are finally starting to show signs of turning the corner despite suffering a third successive league defeat, losing 2-1 to Portsmouth yesterday.

It had looked like Hatters would pick up a point, drawing 1-1 with just a minute of normal time remaining, only for Pompey sub Matt Tubbs to snatch a late winner.

“This team is capable of winning five, six, seven, eight, or being unbeaten for a long run of games, and they’ll get into that mode.”

John Still

However, Still felt he saw plenty of encouragement during the game, as he said: “I thought we played really well, both teams did, and it was a great advert for the league, so I’m not disappointed, I might be frustrated, but I’m not disappointed.

“The game got decided on two moments, Luke Wilkinson’s clearance hitting Scott Cuthbert and falling to them, it happens.

“Then Scott Cuthbert, who was brilliant in his favoured position, just lost his footing and it’s a goal, what can I say?

“The team played great. We played well the other day (against Stoke), played well again here, it’s football. But as disappointing as it was to lose, I was pleased with the way we played.

“It’s the first time we’ve put what I call two really good performances together, so it’s disappointing. There’ll still be disappointments for lots of people though, but we’re getting better.

“If I look back to last Saturday’s disappointing second half performance at Yeovil, that was nowhere near the level of the last two games we’ve produced and if we can keep producing that, I think we’re on our way.”

The result saw Luton sitting third bottom in the table though, as they are one of just three sides without a win in the division this term.

Although leaders Leyton Orient already an imposing 13 points above Hatters after their 100 per cent start to the season, Still wasn’t unduly concerned with the standings yet.

He added: “I’d be lying if I said I never see a league, but does the league concern me until Christmas time? No it doesn’t.

“Would I have expected us to more points? Yes I would. But I’ve stood in this place before and people say we haven’t started great, no we haven’t.

“But we’ve got good players, we’re a good side, I think we’re just starting to put our foot down now.

“We’ve got a lot of strong players, we’re disappointed, but I’m sure we’ll be disappointed again as it’s a long season.

“This team is capable of winning five, six, seven, eight, or being unbeaten for a long run of games, and they’ll get into that mode and sure they’ll do that.

“I’m happy with how we’ve played and two games on the trot we’re looking a lot more like Luton to be honest.”