Still feels his­tory call­ing for Lu­ton

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Hannah

JOHN STILL is tar­get­ing his­tory for Lu­ton Town.

A com­fort­able win over rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Hartle­pool keeps the Hat­ters in the play-off hunt and Still now wants to en­sure his side make the most of their chance.

“Con­sid­er­ing the in­jury prob­lems we have had to be in with a chance of the play-offs is bril­liant,’’ he ad­mit­ted. “Some­one said the other day that Lu­ton have never ever got back to back pro­mo­tions – so can we make his­tory? That’s the aim for us now, to make some his­tory as a group of play­ers.’’

Pools, with the two teams be­low them los­ing again, re­main third bot­tom and victory over Ex­eter at Vic­to­ria Park on Satur­day could be enough to keep them in the Foot­ball League.

But they were run ragged at Ke­nil­worth Road and will need a mas­sive im­prove­ment.

From cor­ner num­ber four in the fifth minute, the Hat­ters took the lead.

Cameron McGhee­han lost his man to plant a low bounc­ing header into the net from ten yards.

And it was two on 15 min­utes. Mid­fielder Aaron Tshi­bola pushed Jake How­ells over in the area and the at­tacker slot­ted in from close range.

From then on it was about how many the Hat­ters would get.

Nicky Feather­stone cleared a goal-bound El­liot Lee shot off the line, and keeper Scott Flinders made a string of fine saves.

They had to wait un­til the 75th minute to get a third, as Scott Griffiths turned in from close range.

“It was a great show, we came out of the blocks strong and were two-up at half-time when we could have been a lot more,’’ added Still.

“But I’m re­ally pleased to win and keep us in the play-off frame.

“It should have been all over by half-time and we had a new strike part­ner­ship up top to­day and their un­der­stand­ing might not be there, but they never stopped and worked hard.

“We kept a clean sheet, three out of four now which is bril­liant and we are not field­ing a set­tled back four.”

Pools boss Ron­nie Moore said: “First-half was a dis­grace de­fen­sively. Ev­ery time they at­tacked I felt they would score.

“The front lads caused prob­lems and we strug­gled. We were vul­ner­a­ble. De­fend like that and we will lost the next two games.

“We had a go sec­ond­half, but we were two goals down.

“We are in this po­si­tion be­cause we haven’t scored enough – and we didn’t look like we could score. It’s win­ner takes all now.

“Next week­end is such a mas­sive game for us and we have a chance – watch this now, the bot­tom three will all win next week­end.’’

STAR MAN JAKE HOWEL

LS Lu­ton

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