Still backing for Town’s defence

Town boss John Still won’t be rushed into making changes despite slamming his side’s defending at Aldershot Town on Tuesday night, writes Mike Simmonds.

Thursday, 10th October 2013, 11:44 am
John Still

Hatters’ backline, which has looked so solid in recent weeks, was shaky once more, as they shipped three goals befor the interval for the second game running.

Although Hatters battled back in the second half to draw 3-3, Still said: “The way I look at things is that people can play poorly, but if they’ve done well for you, you’ve got to show a little bit of faith.

“It’s important. You do get to a time when you think maybe you need to change.

“But when people have done the job for you, I think it’s important you give them the opportunity to do that.

“It’s how long you wait to give other people an opportunity.

“The people behind them have got to try and catch your eye in training and do well in the development games and people are doing well in development games.

“Give us a little bit of time on Thursday and Friday to have a look at individual performances and try and do some work on some decision making, as that is particularly crucial.”

On Town’s defending, particularly during the opening 45 minutes, Still continued: “It was unconvincing, our defence has been unbelievable this year, fantastic.

“But we gave away two shocking, shocking, shocking goals.

“Individually we were poor. We gave away a free-kick wide on the touchline like we did Saturday.

“I brought that point up on Monday for 15 minutes about fouling in your third, the dangers of it and we never learnt.

“The other goals were just poor defensively, but we scored three goals away from home and we’re chasing a game we should never have to chase, so I’m disappointed with that.

“You can coach organisation, you can’t coach a mistake, that’s up to the players to be good enough or not good enough.

“We made wrong decisions at the wrong time. We let a ball go past for one of the goals, I know Mark (Tyler) called for it, but don’t let the ball go past you, kick it away because Mark might fall over.

“Little mistakes have crept in during the last couple of games, but what I do know, what experience has taught me is these things happen.

“It’s how you react to that. Well we reacted fantastically well to come back and get something out of the game.

“I’m not going to be too critical because they’ve won us games, they’ve won us points when we weren’t firing on all cylinders going forward.

“Well we’re showing we can score goals now and I’m sure with the right work and the right encouragement, we’ll clamp it up at the back.”

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