Hatters boss always felt Aldershot clash would be toughest game

Hatters boss John Still conceded he had always believed Tuesday night’s clash against Aldershot Town would be one of Luton’s most difficult challenges of the campaign, writes Mike Simmonds.
Town boss John StillTown boss John Still
Town boss John Still

Although never going out to look for a point on their travels, Still was satisfied with the draw against a side who were in the Football League last season, which was achieved thanks to Shaun Whalley’s late penalty.

He said: “I actually booked this game, after our last run of games we’ve had, to be our toughest game, I really did. They got beat here Saturday (by Grimsby) and they were going to be up for it.

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“Someone said away from home, you settle for a point, I never settle for a point, I don’t want a point, I want to win.

“If you don’t win, you don’t get beat, we’ve done that, so I’m pleased with that, but the performance was unconvincing.”

Goalscorer Andy Parry agreed with the Town boss, saying: “They are a decent side, the manager said before the game that this was our hardest game and I think it was, so it’s a good point.”

Whalley entered the fray on 71 minutes and was directly involved with the equaliser as he won and converted the spotkick.

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The winger felt it was no less than Hatters’ efforts had warranted too as he added: “Aldershot were a decent team, we always knew they were going to be.

“I thought we did well and in the end I think we deserved the draw.

“Andre (Gray) tore the left back to shreds all game, I thought he was didfferent class.”

Town’s defensive frailties resurfaced again though, as they conceded three goals before half time for the second game running, something Whalley wants to see cut out.

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He said: “We made a couple of mistakes, but they happen. We’ve not conceded a lot all season, but the goals are creeping in a bit.

“We’ll try and stop that. At the start we weren’t scoring, but we weren’t conceding and now we’re scoring, we seem to be conceding, but hopefully I can see it changing.”

Although Still had blasted his defence for the way in which they conceded, he was more than pleased with the efforts of his forwards once more, adding: “Our attacking play in the first 20 minutes was terrific.

“We got a good first goal, a restart for the second goal, so I was really pleased.

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“We got the first touch and the second touch. We work hard on restarts for and against, we really do. We’ve scored a few now, it’s not just cross, head goal. It’s cross, someone’s challenged, and we’ve got people in the right areas.

“I can’t be unhappy with the amount of goals we’re scoring, but I can be disappointed with the goals we’re conceding.”

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