UPDATED: Hatters boss Still is wary of the threat posed by winless Macclesfield

Hatters boss John Still is wary of the threat that winless Macclesfield Town will pose when they visit Kenilworth Road on Saturday, writes Mark Wood.

Thursday, 15th August 2013, 5:20 pm
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The Silkmen lost 1-0 at home to Nuneaton Town on the first game of the season and 1-0 at Lincoln City on Tuesday night and Still knows that they will be trying doubly hard against his team because of the result at the weekend.

Still said: “Before you start they are all tough games, whoever you are, wherever you play they’re all tough, tough games. Probably more so because Macclesfield don’t have a point.

“They’ll need to work their socks off to try and create an atmosphere that they are going to be happy playing in. When they’re happy playing in that then the results will come. So they’ll need to work as hard as they can but we also need to understand that it was the first thing we had to do on Tuesday was work hard.

“You have to have a platform to display your skills with and I don’t think we worked as hard as we should have done on Saturday but we worked as hard as we should do on Tuesday, got the result for it. If we work as hard as that hopefully our performance will be a little bit better.”

And Still doesn’t believe you will begin to learn anything about the league until a number of matches have been played.

“Get to eight games and you can look at it where you are, how you feel you’re playing, do you need to try and change this, try and change that, I don’t know,” he said.

“What I’ve learnt is they are all tough games until the game’s over. And when the game’s over you might look back and think we’ve played really, really well today, but they didn’t do great and we’ve won this comfortably.”

Over 6,500 packed into Kenilworth Road for their first home game of the season on Tuesday night and Town are likely to have another bumper crowd at the weekend as they play their first league home game since March 23.

And Still is relishing the expectancy of the home faithful and is hoping his players can rise to it.

He added: “The crowd’s fantastic. Some people have said to me about the crowd and the expectation, I think it’s fantastic, I do. It’s good to have a crowd, they expect you to win and the players have come here to try and win football matches. Well if they were coming here to try and win football matches and there were 1,500 there wouldn’t be as much sound effect and as much excitement around the ground as there is and players have to respond to that.

“Some of the young ones might take a little bit of time but they have to respond to it because that’s the reason that they’re here. Some of the selling point is because we have terrific support, we have terrific history and when people say we shouldn’t be in this league, this is the league we’re in.

“This is the league we’re in and this is the league we’ve been in for a few years, well let’s go and get that support behind us and show everyone that we have been in this league, but now we’re going to get out of it. It’s easier to do that when you’ve got fantastic backing like we have.”