Still left baffled by Hatters’ defensive woes

Hatters' defence are left in disbelief at Notts County
Hatters' defence are left in disbelief at Notts County

A baffled Hatters manager John Still was at a loss to explain his side’s defending as they once again conceded a last-minute goal to lose 3-2 at Notts County yesterday.

After battling back from 2-0 down, Luton looked to have rescued a point, only for Scott Cuthbert to see red for bringing down Izale McLeod and Liam Noble to crash home the resulting free kick.

“ll watch a few DVDs and have a look at it over the weekend as I really don’t know.”

John Still

Hatters have now shipped 13 goals in just seven league games so far this campaign, including four in stoppage time, as Still admitted he will take a long look the make-up of his back four now.

The Luton chief said: “We’re giving too many goals away and too many long balls are beating us, balls down the middle.

“Scott Cuthbert has done really well, Wilko (Luke Wilkinson) has done really well, Macca’s (Steve McNulty) done really well, Scott Griffiths has been outstanding, Steve O’Donnell is improving and improving, but we’ve conceded three goals again.

“I need to look at that, I really do. Maybe it’s a mix. They’re all good players, but maybe it’s a mix. I’ll watch a few DVDs and have a look at it over the weekend as I really don’t know.

“I can’t say to you, it’s because (of this), I don’t know. Because in training, very good, organisation very good, we go to games and I look at Wilko’s performances, very good, I look at Steve McNulty’s performances, very good, Scott Cuthbert’s performances, very good.

“But we’ve conceded three goals again. Up until last season, we don’t concede goals and we’re conceding goals at the moment.

“We have to rectify that, have to try and find a way of rectifying that as I think we’re getting better and better, but we can’t concede goals.

“We do defending two or three times a week but we have to go back into work next week and work again, again, again.”

On the match-winner itself, Still had no complaints with the dismissal of Cuthbert, but was more annoyed Hatters’ had found themselves in the situation, as he felt they would go on to snatch victory.

He added: “We had the ascendancy and everything in the last 10 minutes was in our favour, it looked like if one team wanted the game to end it would be them.

“Ninety nine per cent of the people here might have believed if there was to be a winner it would be us, now it isn’t us and I understand it isn’t us.

“We got really done between the centre halves. Scotty got caught under it, Wilko’s got to get round it, they only had one down the middle, so it’s poor defending.

“One ball beat us and if I’m disappointed I wouldn’t say it was with the performance, but I would say it was with the defending.

“Two of the goals were very avoidable, as we did everything to get back in the game. We scored two goals away from home and if you score two goals away from home you’d like to think you won’t get beat.

“But I have no complaints about not getting beat as we were contributors to our own downfall.”