MAD HAT­TERS FANS SLAMMED

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Shona Daw­son

JOHN STILL was quick to con­demn the be­hav­iour of a mi­nor­ity of Lu­ton fans af­ter fight­ing broke out to­wards the end of a feisty goal­less draw at Steve­nage.

Paul Ben­son’s 86th-minute red card for a dan­ger­ous tackle on Steve­nage’s Tom Con­lon sparked con­fronta­tions among the fans.

Around seven or eight trav­el­ling Hat­ters supporters ran onto the pitch in an at­tempt to fight the home sup­port in the East Ter­race.

Punches were re­port­edly thrown be­tween both sets of fans while the match was briefly de­layed and po­lice in­ter­vened.

The con­test also ended in drama on the pitch as Lu­ton’s Josh McQuoid saw his late header come back off the bar – the sec­ond time the Hat­ters had struck the wood­work af­ter Danny Green’s ear­lier free-kick.

“Fans should al­ways stay where they are and sup­port their team, you can have a bit of ban­ter but not cause prob­lems,” Still said.

“Those peo­ple say they are Lu­ton fans but they are not even foot­ball fans. It was only a dozen of them and the ma­jor­ity of our fans al­ways come and sup­port the play­ers.

“There was a cup tie at­mos­phere here and that is what you ex­pect from a derby. We had a send­ing off but to me it was a crazy de­ci­sion. I had a good view of the red card and it was not a send­ing off at all.”

“We grew into the game and I thought if any­one was to score it should have been us,” added Still, whose side are now un­beaten in their last four out­ings in all com­pe­ti­tions.

“To get a point and a clean sheet away from home is al­ways a plus, games are com­ing thick and fast in this league and hope­fully we can build on our per­for­mance.”

It was Steve­nage, with­out a league win in five games com­ing into the match, who started brighter with Ar­mand Gnan­duil­let shoot­ing wide af­ter seven min­utes.

But Lu­ton grew into the game, with McQuoid see­ing his ef­fort cleared off the line min­utes be­fore the break while Green’s free-kick came back off the bar on 76 min­utes.

Hat­ters for­ward Ben­son missed from close range be­fore he then dived in on Con­lon and re­ceived his march­ing or­ders.

Steve­nage man­ager Teddy Sher­ing­ham said: “I thought it could have gone ei­ther way at any par­tic­u­lar mo­ment of the game.

“Lu­ton had a good spell for about ten min­utes in the sec­ond half but it was quite an even game.

“Chris Day made a couple of good saves, but the same can be said for Lu­ton’s goal­keeper and we were pleased to see that free­kick from Green come off the cross­bar.

“With the send­ing off I did not see it clearly but it did not look like a red card to me. But a couple of the lads said he had taken off and went in with two feet. To me that is not a send­ing off but th­ese days it is.

“We got an­other point and an­other clean sheet but we know we have to start putting wins on the board.”

PIC­TURES: TGSPHOTO

STAR MAN CHRIS DAY Steve­nage BAT­TLE: Con­nor Ogilvie of Steve­nage and Oliver Lee of Lu­ton, while Steve­nage’s Fraser Franks hooks the ball clear, inset

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