Still prepared for competitive Dons clash

Hatters boss John Still is expecting much of the same when AFC Wimbledon head to Kenilworth Road this afternoon.

By Mike Simmonds
Saturday, 26th September 2015, 7:20 am
John Still
John Still

Luton were up and running on home soil with a 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town last weekend, with Still expecting a similar test today.

He said: “Sometimes you can look at games and you’re almost playing the same team as you played last week as they’re organised, they’re fit, they’re prepared and everyone’s got some decent players.

“Since they’ve come into the league, they’ve always been competitive, always been a tough team to play.

“They’ve got good support, got some decent players, (Adebayo) Akinfenwa is always a handful. People say, ‘well he can’t run’, well he can’t, but he can do lots of other things.

“Sheasy (James Shea) in goal who we had at Dagenham for a while, from Arsenal, he’s more than a decent keeper.

“I just think they’ve got a good team ethic, everyone works hard, they’re tough games.

“I’m expecting a tough game, but I think we’re gradually getting to some decent consistent form and think the key is being consistently defensively.”

Hatters finally enjoyed their first clean sheet of the campaign last weekend too, although Still felt they were rather fortunate to do so.

He added: “We actually made more mistakes on Saturday than we did when we played Oxford.

“I didn’t think we made any mistakes against Oxford other than (Mark) Tyler dropping the ball. It’s interesting as we watch the games back, we probably made more mistakes than against Portsmouth, as that was Luke Wilkinson’s clearance that hit Scott Cuthbert on the head and fell straight to them, that’s not a mistake, just good and bad fortune.

“The other one the goalkeeper mis-kicked his deadball kick and it got a funny old bounce. I thought we defended quite well on Saturday, but there were just a couple of slips, both Steve (McNulty) and Wilko (Luke Wilkinson).

“It wasn’t Steve’s fault when he slipped in the box, you can’t do a lot about that, but Wilko was slow coming out once enabled them to get in behind us.

“We’ve gone through it, although we can look at the goals and say we haven’t defended well, we have actually had some that I think you can’t do anything about.

“But I was pleased to see Mansfield nil, of course.”