Town chief Still is keen to avoid a fixture backlog

Hatters boss John Still is keen to avoid a fixture backlog as the surprisingly mild weather continues to hold, writes Mark Wood.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 11th January 2014, 10:00 am
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Town are yet to have a game postponed this season due to the weather and Still is keen to see that continue.

He said: “I think whoever you are, you don’t want to be playing towards the end of the season, Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday on some occasions, you don’t want that.

“Sometimes it works like that and there’s not a lot you can do about it.”

Town take on Cambridge United in the third round of the FA Trophy on Saturday and, while progression in that competition could lead to a more congested fixture list, it also provides Town with the ideal opportunity to keep their players match-fit and challenging for a first team spot.

Still added: “Obviously in an ideal world if you can Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, and then Saturday, Saturday, that’s how you want it.”

“Football’s not always like that. I think it’s one of the reasons in the FA Trophy that we’ve played a younger team, so that if we’ve got to dip into the element that’s not been playing regularly it’s not too much of a shock for them.

“I give every credit to Matt Robinson and to Jake Howells because they had a little period out of the team, they both played in the trophy games and have come back into the league games and done fantastic.

“And although the development games that we play are good and we had a fantastic performance in the week against Reading, I think that playing what might be classed as proper first team games, it gives you an extra edge.

“I think our squad is reasonably strong to cover things. Whoever you are though, if you start getting too many Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Tuesday... I think that can, particularly when the season gets longer and people are a little bit more tired in general, I don’t think it helps, but sometimes how it is is how it is.”