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Thursday, 19 October, 2000, 13:51 GMT 14:51 UK
Hill explains why he axed Ovendale
Ricky Hill
Luton Manager Ricky Hill believes competition for places is healthy
Luton manager Ricky Hill has explained why he dropped keeper Mark Ovendale in favour of Nathan Abbey for the goalless draw with Oxford United.

"I just felt over the last few weeks that Mark hasn't been at the standard that he has set," the Hatters boss told the club's official website.

"He's been excellent throughout the season, but he's made a couple of mistakes that have been punished.

"It's good to have a bit of competition for places," Hill added.

However, It was Oxford's keeper Andy Linighan who had the more influential role in the goaless draw, keeping Luton at bay through a string of first class saves.

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