Still readies himself for ‘dangerous’ period

John Still
John Still

Town boss John Still is preparing himself for a ‘dangerous’ time of the season, with just 13 games remaining.

The Hatters travel to fellow promotion chasers Bury this evening, knowing victory could see them back into the top three.

However, a Shakers triumph would see them move level on points with Luton as Still said: “Both teams need to win, but if you look at the league at the moment, no disrespect to Hartlepool as they won Saturday, from Hartlepool up, people are saying we need to win a couple more games. If you’re in the middle of the table upwards, you’re saying, we could get in the play-offs if we could get on a good run.

“That’s why this is a dangerous part of the season, not so much with five or six to go, because some might think we’re never going to get into the play-offs, never going to go down.

“With 13 games to go, teams are going, ‘we need to win two or three to get away from that bottom group’, or ‘we only need to win two or three on the trot to get into that top group’ and it really is a dangerous time of the season.

“A couple of weeks ago, Burton were getting the better of everyone and all of a sudden, Burton have lost a couple on the trot. Shrewsbury lost on Saturday and we’re at that time of the season where it happens, so pressures come into it.”

Bury have signalled their intent to progress as a club off the field by reaching an agreement to lease Manchester City’s former training ground in Carrington from March 1.

Meanwhile, on the pitch, the Shakers are unbeaten in five and haven’t lost at home since November 29.

Still added: “Bury are really starting to have a go. I’ve been told they’ve now going to this state of the art training ground that was Manchester City’s.

“If they’ve gone in there, they’re a club that means business as that’s an unbelievable complex, they’ve invested in players. They’ve probably not done as well as they would like to have done, but when we’ve played them, they’ve always looked like a decent team.”