Still has no complaints over Minstermen draw

Frustration for Luke Wilkinson after his header was saved
Frustration for Luke Wilkinson after his header was saved

Hatters boss John Still had no complaints after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling York City on Saturday.

Hopes had been high amongst the home faithful after Luton came into the game on the back of four straight league wins, scoring seven goals in their last two matches.

“We got the goal and we did well with the change, but it ended 1-1 and I can’t really complain about that.”

John Still

However, they witnessed a stopstart performance as Luton struggled to break down their opponents and might have even lost out, but for Cameron McGeehan’s second half penalty.

Still said: “Our performance was scrappy, I thought we did really well without the ball in the first half as they didn’t really threaten.

“We gave away a poor goal, a really poor goal and should have come in for me, worst ways, 0-0 without playing particularly well.

“We said at half time they won’t really push out too much, they’ll play on the counter attack, which lots of teams that we play here will, so we have to be patient.

“In the end, we thought let’s match up and we can probably push people on and try and make it a one-on-one game and to be fair we did really well with that.

“We got the goal and we did well with the change, but it ended 1-1 and I can’t really complain about that.”

Still did feel that 1,000 miles of travelling to Morecambe, Hartlepool and Gillingham recently might have had an effect on his players, but admitted their their final ball was lacking throughout.

He continued: “We were not as sharp as we have been. We’ve had tough games, three away games, but if I use that as an excuse I’m doing the players a disservice.

“I just felt that final ball, final cross, final pass, not quite. We were a bit slow, which I have to give them credit for. They got behind the ball, with the three centre halves and the five in midfield, they made it really difficult.

“We needed that key just to unlock the door, once we got the penalty, I actually thought we might.

“But it became pretty evident and every respect to them for doing it as I would do it in their situation, they then tried not to get beat and it probably worked out so I can’t moan.”

With Hatters searching for a late winner and two of their more creative players in Danny Green and Ryan Hall both on the bench, Still brought on defensive Nathan Doyle in the final 10 minutes.

When asked if there had been a temptation to send Green on in particular, the boss added: “There was, but because we changed our shape to wingbacks I was quite comfortable. It was something we spoke about but we actually ran out of subs in the end as we changed the system.”