LUTON Town manager John Still is expecting Hartlepool United to “give everything they’ve got”, writes DANNY ROBERTS.
Still’s Hatters go in to tomorrows game in eighth spot, three points behind Plymouth Argyle, who occupy the last play-off space.
On the back of one win in their last 10, the club’s promising early season performance could be for nothing, as their promotion hopes could all be over tomorrow if they fail to pick up all three points.
A blow for the Bedfordshire club has been the untimely three-match suspension of striker Paul Benson, who was sent off in their Tuesday night 0-0 draw against Dagenham & Redbridge.
Despite an appeal from the Hatters, the ban has been upheld and the striker will not play again this season, unless they reach the play-offs.
In addition to Benson’s dismissal, the fitness of midfielder Nathan Doyle who limped off during the goalless stalemate with a calf strain is still in doubt.
The Hatters will also be without midfielder Alex Lawless and goalkeeper Mark Tyler, with Elliot Justham continuing to deputise in his absence.
However, despite their struggles, Still is taking every game as it comes in their play-off pursuit:
“We’ve got by all season, and with three games to go, what we’ve got is what we’ve got,” he said.
“We can only worry about our next game.
“It’s pleasing we’ve only conceded once in the last three games, we’ve tightened up.
“Let’s hope we can get something from Saturday which will take us to the next game.”
He added in an interview with BBC Radio: “Hartlepool have really, really had a go, and whoever they play, and whatever system, they’re giving everything they have got now
“They have probably under-achieved a bit earlier in the season, but they have picked up, and put in some decent performances to give themselves a chance.”