Still didn’t take any pleasure in beating Daggers

John Still

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Hatters boss John Still admitted he didn’t take any pleasure in beating his old club Dagenham & Redbridge 3-1 at Kenilworth Road last night.

The Luton chief supported, played for and managed Daggers earlier in his career, spending over a decade in charge of the east London club.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I’m just glad it’s over. I didn’t enjoy the game one bit, but you’ve got to be professional and got to do your job, but I’m glad it’s over.

“I think even the players possibly sensed a touch of emotion to the game and there’s nothing you can do about that.

“It was a weird feeling. If you go down to my office you wouldn’t be able to get into it as there are so many people who’ve come to this game, Dagenham people, and Luton people.

“It’s just been a weird feeling, the game had to be played, we’ve played it, we’ve won it, we can move on now.”

On how he felt during the match, Still, who received a fine ovation from the visiting fans, continued: “I was all right when the game was going on as you do your job.

“It’s before the game and your thoughts, you can’t spend the amount of time that I did at the club, be a supporter of the club as a kid and not feel something, it’s natural.

“You just do your job and I’m pleased everybody did their job, pleased that we won, pleased that we played okay, pleased we’ve gone up a place in the league, but glad it’s over.”

Still felt it was important his side stayed focused during the 90 minutes against a side who would enjoy the big occasion.

He said: “I said to my players, that I know near enough all of their players and they’ll relish coming here and playing in front of a big crowd.

“They’ll know the emotion attached to it, they’ll understand that and I said, don’t get sucker punched here, because it’s easy to happen.

“Fortunately we were professional enough to do that.”

There was plenty of links between the sides on the night, and defender Scott Griffiths, who spent six successful years at Daggers earlier in his career was one such example.

He felt it had just been another match though, adding: “You do the same whether it’s a team you played for, for however many years, or a team you’ve only just come from.

“It’s a big game no matter who it is, just because I played for them for six years, it didn’t make it any more or less important.

“You put stuff like that out of your mind and as soon as the whistle goes, none of it matters, you just get on with it and hope it all goes well.

“I have to admit I didn’t celebrate the goals, I showed bit of respect, although I was happy for us to score and get the win as three points is always important.”

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