Still felt Whalley could have been the match-winner

Shaun Whalley's cross is almost turned in by Shrews defender Connor Goldson
Shaun Whalley's cross is almost turned in by Shrews defender Connor Goldson

Town boss John Still felt that had winger Shaun Whalley been fit enough to start, his side could have been celebrating three points rather than the one picked up against Shrewsbury Town last night.

The wideman had a huge influence when he came on after 64 minutes, sending over two crosses that were almost deflected in by visiting defenders.

Whalley was also denied himself by impressive Shrews keeper Jayson Leutwiler as Still said: “I just felt if we could have started with Shaun, I think we could have done it.

“But the sickness has knocked a lot out of him and when he came on, he gave us exactly what we wanted to get from him.

“Because we’ve had people coming in and doing a bit of training, it was a case of who was fit enough.

“(Luke) Rooney was probably fit enough so we started with him. Saun hasn’t done much, so it was taking a bit of a chance, but he gives us that little bit of extra pace down the side.

“He came on and I think could have turned the game around from 0-0 into a win.”

Still also felt the match had been crying out for another of his injured players, as he continued: “We felt it was an ideal game for Pelly (Ruddock Mpanzu), but he played in the reserves against Bournemouth and we just felt not quite.

“We don’t want to rush him, but it was a tough game and we thought Pelly’s power and strength would be ideal.

“Not having him is a little bit of a blow as him and (Alex) Lawless are people that can make something happen and two players that we miss.”

However, despite their continued absenteeism, Still believed it could be an important point for his side, who are now back up to fourth.

The boss added: “I’m pleased with the performance, I thought we played really well. We’ve had some tough games, with Wycombe, Portsmouth, played Shrewsbury who are going great and we’ve performed well in all those games.

“People can say you haven’t won any, but nor did they. Our performance was a typical Luton performance, everyone’s worked their socks off, we’ve played some good football,

“Are we disappointed to get a point? It might be a good point at the end of the season so we’ll wait and see.”

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