Hatters boss John Still felt yesterday’s 0-0 draw at Salisbury City showed just why his team are runaway leaders of the Skrill Premier this season, writes Mike Simmonds.
Although never quite at their fluent best, as Town saw their run of six successive victories halted, they moved a further point clear of nearest rivals Cambridge, who went down 3-2 at Forest Green Rovers.
Still said: “It was a tough game, we’ve competed well. Did I think we played great? No. But we’ve not played great and we’ve got something and that’s what winners do, don’t play great and get something.
“It was difficult to be fluent, you had to work hard and battle hard, everyone had to put their foot in, head it and volley it, it was a bit of playground football.
“It’s always well when you go and outplay teams, but you’re not going to do that 46 times, it’s not possible.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to work your socks off, dig in and work hard.
“It got us a point at a place where it hasn’t been easy for teams to get points. W’re still in a very good position with another game gone.”
Town’s defence was once again magnificent, making it five consecutive clean sheets as they have now gone 512 minutes without conceding a goal.
On a difficult playing surface, Still continued: “We’ve not conceded again which is a plus. I think both teams found it hard to get in their stride.
“Because of the weather, conditions were not easy underfoot, hard and then it’s soft, there were a lot of people slipping.
“Neither team could get control of the game and attacks from both sides were spasmodic.
“We had to play ugly football at times. How many times did you see Steve McNulty misplace a pass? He’s one of the best passers at this level I’ve seen for a defender, but the ball wasn’t steady on the pitch.
“I think a draw was probably a fair result, but their home record is decent. We’ve come away, not conceded, got a point, I’ve got to say I’m happy with that.”
Still admitted he had been aware of the Cambridge result afterwards, but was only interested in his side’s efforts.
He added: “I did hear the result, it was great, but we’ll just worry about ourselves.
“As long as we keep putting in what we’re putting in now, the work-rate and effort, we know we can play, we’ll keep getting results. But we mustn’t come out of that.”
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