Still ready for Harriers clash

Hatters boss John Still is anticipating another tough encounter at Kidderminster Harriers this afternoon, writes Mike Simmonds.
Hatters boss John StillHatters boss John Still
Hatters boss John Still

The Aggborough side finished just two points away from top spot last season and have started this campaign with three wins and two defeats from their five games.

Still said: “I think they’ll be a strong, focused team. They finished the season with a spring and they’ll like to think they’ll be able to carry that on.

“Knowing quite a few of their players, they’re going to be a strong, competitive all round side, but it’s a great challenge.

“We’re going to be a strong, competitive, organised side so it will be a good game.”

The fact it’s another ex Football League side that Hatters are coming up against, their second in a run of four games, didn’t bother Still though.

He continued: “I think it’s immaterial that they were in the Football League.

“All leagues are tough, they’re really, really hard. You get the odd game that it all goes for you, but not very often.

“I saw all singing, all dancing Manchester City lose to newly-promoted Cardiff. That’s how hard the leagues are, whoever you are.

“We started the season, we played at Southport and they quite rightly beat us. If you don’t go to a game ready or preprared, any team can beat you, we have to make sure were ready and prepared.”

Town’s defence has not been breached in their past two games, something that has pleased Town’s chief, but he is fully aware they need to improve their end product.

Still added: “We showed pre-season we could score goals, we should we have players who can score goals.

“I don’t think we’re where we’d like to be exactly, but gradually we’re seeing improvements.

“I was pleased with the performance at Forest Green, pleased with performance at home to Cambridge, but more so defensively.

“Without the ball we were very good, we’re not conceding, but it’s important we add other parts to it and we’re looking to do it.”

Still has urged his defence not to take their recent solidity for granted though, adding: “Being a defender I like conceding no goals. If you’re conceding no goals, that gives you a greater opportunity to win games.

“We can always improve though, always make things better. The lads in there are still doing great, but the lads who are pushing can’t quite get in.

“That makes it good, but they can’t rest on their laurels either.”

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