Luton 1 Pompey 2: Still praises bold Blues approach

Luton hit back to level before losing 2-1 to Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler
Luton hit back to level before losing 2-1 to Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler
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John Still praised Pompey for their bold style of play after seeing his Luton side suffer late defeat.

The Hatters boss offered an honest assessment of Paul Cook’s side and admitted he enjoyed watching them.

But he also hinted that Paul Cook’s possession-based approach might see Pompey leak a few goals along the way.

Still said: ‘I think Portsmouth are a good side.

‘I can see why they conceded three goals last week because they play quite an expansive style of football and I like that.

‘I like people to be bold and I enjoyed watching them play.

‘I enjoyed the game and I think they will be a good side this season.

‘I don’t know if they will concede goals but I can understand when they do because they leave themselves a little bit isolated.

‘It’s a long season and I’m sure Cookie will tinker with things, as we all will.

‘But I’m sure they will be up there.’

While Pompey have made a bright start to the season, it’s been a different story for Still’s men who were widely-tipped to be promotion front-runners this term.

Instead, they have taken just two points from their first five games and are third from bottom of League Two.

Still said: ‘I’d be lying if I said I never see a league table, but does it concern me until Christmas time? No, it doesn’t.

‘This team is capable of winning five, six, seven, eight or going unbeaten for a long run of games. They’ll get into that mode.

‘I might be frustrated, but I’m not disappointed.

‘Would I have expected us to have more points at this stage? Yes, I would.

‘We’ve got good players, we’re a good side and I think we’re just starting to put our foot down now.

‘Disappointment makes the weak, weaker, and the strong, stronger.

‘We’ve got a lot of strong players and we’re looking a lot more like Luton now.’

– STEVE WILSON