UPDATED: Henry and Thomas in the frame to silence the Lambs
Luton skipper Ronnie Henry has recovered from illness and is in the frame to figure for the Hatters when Tamworth visit Kenilworth Road on Saturday, writes Mark Wood.
Wayne Thomas could also feature for the first time since his sending off at Braintree and, while Janos Kovacs is now fit, he’s likely to be given another week’s training before returning to the first team frame.
Rangy midfielder Arnaud Mendy serves the second of a two-match ban after picking up 10 bookings, while classy midfielder Alex Lawless is still ruled out with a hamstring problem.
Speaking at today’s press conference manager John Still admitted he would ‘tinker’ again on Saturday and said there are still two to three players he needs to see play, and another two to three players who he’s only seen once and needs to see again before making any decisions.
On the changes he would make, Still said: “Just a touch, not crazy, not enough where I would do it to affect the team, but I’m still looking.
“I’m still trying to find this group that we can say, ‘OK is this a group that can be part of the squad to help us try and get out of this league’.
“So I still need to do that, there might not be too much (tinkering) there, but with the Saturday/Tuesday, Saturday/Tuesday, Saturday/Tuesday situation it’s going to happen.”
It was mixed news on the availability front as he continued: “Lawless no, he’s still a way from it. Janos is fit but only really fit to train for now, so he needs a week’s training.
“Ronnie Henry’s had a full week’s training so is back available, Wayne Thomas a full week’s training so back available.
“Other than Alex Lawless I think we’re probably not too bad.”
And he admitted there were still a number of players different ‘combinations’ he was keen to see.
“There’s still two or three that I need to see,” he said. “Two or three that perhaps I haven’t seen at all, so I’ve still got two or three.
“Then two or three that I’ve only seen a little bit of. Because in tinkering I don’t want to think in my mind that the team is suffering, I don’t want that to happen.
“And I know that by tinkering I can lose a little bit of continuity, which may go against us, but I have to live with that because I have to assess as well.
“But not too much. Sometimes more combinations than anything else. I’ve not sometimes been able to play the combinations I would like for various reasons.
“So that’s another thing, but we’ve probably got enough games for me to do that.”
Despite boasting what should be one of the most destructive goalscoring departments in the division, none of his mainline strikers are among the league’s top scorers.
Still has added Alex Wall to the strikerforce of Andre Gray, Stuart Fleetwood, Jon Shaw and Scott Rendell who were already at the club, but does want to see them coming up with more goals.
He said: “In five games that I’ve had they haven’t (scored). We spoke about that this morning we’ve done a little bit of work a little bit earlier and it isn’t for lack of balls in the box.
“We’ve got quite a few balls in the box if I’m being honest where I would like to think strikers could so something with.
“So we’ll keep persevering. Sometimes it goes in patches. So we will keep persevering with that.
“They’ve all got goalscoring records. But when I look down the list of goalscorers in this league I don’t see anyone from here in the top six, seven, eight I don’t think, it tells a story.”
And on what he expects from the challenge of Tamworth, who are 15th and seven points behind he Hatters, Still added: “I think all clubs are really hard-working. It’s a hard-working league similar to the one above, really hard-working, no easy rides.
“Every game difficult, everyone organised. Everyone now I think has a good level or organisation and discipline in their team and I think that’s why the games are so difficult.
“And the next two games are going to be no different, they’re going to be really tough I know that.”