Still takes blame for picking wrong team at Wrexham

Town boss John Still admitted he picked the wrong team as Luton went down to a hugely disappointing defeat in Wrexham yesterday evening, writes Mike Simmonds.

Saturday, 14th September 2013, 11:47 am
Scott Griffiths in action against Wrexham

With Alex Lacey out injured, Still opted to drop Andy Parry back into defence, reverting to a 4-4-2 formation as Mark Cullen came in for Andre Gray.

However, Luton never achieved the kind of dominant display that had seen them win 2-0 at Kidderminster Harriers recently, as Still said: “The best team won, playing quick, smart, move the ball football.

“We never really got into that and I think I picked the wrong team, I actually do.

“It’s easy with hindsight, but having said that we never played well enough.

“If I’d have picked the other team we might not have played well enough, but I’ve got no complaints with the result at all, none at all.

I’m the manager, so it’s my responsiblility. I pick them, I train them, I coach them, we haven’t played well, so I don’t take away from the responsibilty of that at all.”

Town drew yet another blank, their fifth in eight games this season, as they have netted just five times all campaign, including only one from open play.

Hatters got into plenty of advanced positions at the Racecourse Ground, but yet again, their delivery into the box was poor all evening, with home keeper Joslain Mayebi barely tested.

Still continued: “We’ve done an enormous amout of work on the training ground on deliveries, balls into the box, it’s been the backbone of our work.

“Our crossing was awful, absolutely awful. They attacked off our crossing, we never got it past the first man, it was an awful performance.

“We’ve got an guy there, Paul (Benson), who’s capable of scoring 30 goals but he needs the service and the crossing was poor.

“Every time we got into the final third, we were too long delivering and when we did deliver, I think Shaun (Whalley) hit one great cross in second half, but I can’t remember another good one.

“We had a free kick wide on the right in the first half that we took and hit the first defender. The ball came back and we overhit the cross.

“It’s frustrating because we work so hard and to be fair to the players they work their socks off in training but are not producing it in games.

“You can not play great at times but put a good ball in the right area at the right time and if you’ve got people who can score goals, you can come away from games you haven’t done well, but winning 1-0.

“We never gave ourselves the opportunity to score goals.

Hatters’ defence had kept three clean successive sheets and not been breached in 408 minutes, but conceded two disappointing goals, with Still highlighting left back Scott Griffiths at fault on both occasions.

He said: “The first goal, Scott’s position was wrong. His body was closed and it wasn’t one of those big high balls.

“The second one he didn’t jump. He got beat twice on the back post and Scott’s got to do better than that.”

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