Published: 09/03/2013 20:14 - Updated: 09/03/2013 20:15

Football: Luton Town standing Still under new manager

Written byTOM SHARP

John Still applauds the patient crowd after the draw with Hereford John Still applauds the patient crowd after the draw with Hereford

HATTERS ’ boss John Still says his side’s second-half showing in the 1-1 draw against Hereford United was “as good as he has seen thus far”.

Town looked to be slipping towards a first defeat under Still since he took charge 11 days ago, but David Martin’s late 18-yard blast three minutes from time saved a point for the hosts.

The new man was hoping to crown his first game in charge at Kenilworth Road with a win but a combination of misfortune and resolute Bulls defending denied them.

Nevertheless Still could not fault the effort of his team and was happy with the outcome.

“I think there was a certain apprehension playing in front of our home fans and perhaps that has dogged the team all season but I cannot be disappointed with what I saw in that second half,” said Still.

“I would say in the three games we have played, the second 45 minutes is as close to what I want as I have seen in three games.

“It might be 23 games before we get to work but as I keep saying, there is a lot of work to be done.”

Both sides rode their luck in a topsy-turvy encounter with a number of second-half decisions from officials being called into question.

Jonathan Smith’s 20-yard effort looked to have crossed the line but was waved away amid protests while Bulls’ boss Martin Foyle believes Martin’s late effort should not have stood.

“Two players were standing in offside positions when he hits it,” said Foyle.

“In my opinion it should not have counted and it has really cost us today.”

Still believes a point was the least his side merited.

“I keep on saying it but it is true. We are on a learning curve and it will take time to gel properly,” said Still.

“I do not see this as a point gained or point lost. I just see it as seeing a bit more of what the players are capable of and building on characteristics we will need in the future such as perseverance and we showed we have that today.”

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