Alfreton victory gives Still more pleasure than Wrexham hammering

Town boss John Still admitted he gained more satisfaction from yesterday’s 3-0 Skrill Premier win over Alfreton than he had after Luton’s 5-0 demolition of Wrexham in midweek, writes Mike Simmonds.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 2nd March 2014, 6:48 am
Alex Lawless
Alex Lawless

The Hatters were forced to dig deep by their play-off chasing opponents, who came with a clear gameplan to frustrate their hosts.

But once Luke Guttridge netted with Luton’s shot, they went on to score twice more and maintain their 14 point advantage over Cambridge United.

Still said: “It was a tough one, they changed their shape, went 4-5-1 and tried to man-mark Luke and probably Andre (Gray) a little bit.

“We felt that was going to happen, so we kept alternating Andre and Luke and I think that’s what got us the goal.

“I said before the game that we’re going to have to work very, very hard for a break.

“Once we get a break and if we scored, then we’ll have to see what they’re going to do next.

“Because I was pretty sure of how they were going to play and every respect to them for that as they’ve got to come here and try and grind something out and not be too open.

“They did and worked their socks off but once we got the goal, it’s easier to say this now than at the time, but I didn’t feel they would ever hurt us because they’re not used to playing that way.

“We scored number two, number three, but that victory gives me more pleasure than our victory on Tuesday night against Wrexham because a team came here initially not to get beat.

“I’ve got no problem with that, but we found the answers, so I was delighted.”

Former Town midfielder Godfrey Poku had been clearly handed a man-marking role on Guttridge, following him all over the pitch early on.

But the first time Guttridge escaped his attentions, he rifled home goal number 13 for the season as Still added: “Because we kept alternating them, we pulled Gutts out wide on the right and Poku came out there with him and the full back was out there with him.

“There were two players marking him, us moving around perhaps didn’t help their understanding and maybe when we changed it back, maybe he wasn’t quite sure.

“It gave us the breakthrough so well done us, I pleased with that as I felt they would have to change to get back in the game.

“We played 90 minutes and Tyles (Mark Tyler) made a decent save at the end from their only effort at goal.

“I knew it was going to be tough and we’ve got to work hard, it was tough and we did work hard.”

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