The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paddy von Behr

LU­TON for­ward Alex Wall has been slammed by man­ager John Still, who has re­fused to rein­te­grate him into the first team un­til his at­ti­tude and per­for­mance lev­els im­prove.

Wall irked Still with his con­duct whilst turn­ing out for the Hat­ters’ de­vel­op­ment squad against Bar­net in a match that fin­ished 2-2.

The 23-year-old played just 34 min­utes of League Two foot­ball in Au­gust, but his chances of boost­ing that num­ber in the short term ap­pear slim with Still ex­plain­ing his rea­sons for leav­ing him un­used on the subs’ bench in the re­cent 1-0 de­feat to Ply­mouth.

“He played in a de­vel­op­ment game last mid­week and was shock­ing,” said Still, who also de­scribed Wall as a “silly boy” for be­ing sent off for dis­sent against Bar­net.

“If sup­port­ers want me to play play­ers who have been shock­ing in de­vel­op­ment games they’ve played, then I’m not go­ing to.

“He hasn’t played well enough and he knows he hasn’t played well enough.

“Some­times you have to be very care­ful be­cause you can get put into a false sense of se­cu­rity, go­ing, ‘He’s not play­ing well but I’ll play him any­way’. Then he doesn’t do well, his con­fi­dence suf­fers be­cause of it and I don’t think that’s right.”

‘SHOCK­ING’: Alex Wall

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