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14:01 19th January 2011


For the second successive game the Town were twice frustrated by the woodwork as they had to settle for a point at league leaders AFC Wimbledon. Both chances came in a two-minute spell in a second-half dominated by the Hatters. Firstly Jason Walker poked a shot against the bar on 73 minutes before Andy Drury thundered a shot from the edge of the area against the frame of Seb Brown's goal. The Town started on the front foot but were almost caught cold on 13 minutes when James Mulley tested Mark Tyler from the edge of the box. That scare over, the Hatters began to re-establish their hold on the game and Drury came close to breaking the deadlock on 35 minutes when Brown dived away to his left to keep out the midfielder's piledriver after taking a pass from Matthew Barnes-Homer. As half-time approached Brown in the home goal was again called into action when beating away a close range effort from Danny Crow after the Town striker had done well to find space in the penalty area. Then, a minute before the break, Alex Lawless - sent on as a replacement for the injured Amari Morgan-Smith - saw a header from a left-wing Drury corner bounce agonisingly past the post. The Hatters started the second half in the same vein and after Walker was introduced for Crow the Dons found themselves well and truly under the cosh. On 58 minutes the Town should have led when Walker's shot from Claude Gnakpa's cross hit a defender and Barnes-Homer directed the follow-up straight at Brown. The Hatters were turning the screw and the lively Walker spurned two chances in the space of two minutes - firstly poking a shot at Brown before hitting the crossbar after being put through by Keith Keane's quick free-kick. Two minutes later the Wimbledon woodwork was struck again, this time brilliance from Drury down the left saw the 27-year-old hit a fantastic effort that cannoned back off the crossbar. That let-off woke-up Wimbledon as the Hatters dwelt on missed opportunities but neither side could break the deadlock as the game swung from end-to-end in the final 10 minutes and the points were shared. For minute-by-minute analysis, see below. Live from Kingsmeadow AFC Wimbledon 0 Luton Town 0 Result FULL-TIME It's all over here at Kingsmeadow and despite a very strong second half the Hatters could not force the ball home, hitting the crossbar twice in a two-minute spell. We'll have reaction and action to come so stick with us. 90 mins + 3 - Town pressure but nothing doing. Somehow this game is still goalless. 60 seconds left. 90 mins - ...flicked on by Kroca, but no man in orange and guide it home. Four added minutes to play. 89 mins - We're inside the last minute...corner to the Town... 87 mins - Three minutes left now... 85 mins - Tyler in action for the first time as he gets down to keep out an ambitious 35-yard free-kick that whistles through the wall by Hatton, gathered at the second attempt by the Town stopper. Hearts in mouths there. 84 mins - Half a sniff for the hosts as Jolley sends a weak shot the wrong side of the post. 83 mins - Has the Town's chance of taking three points - and of going top - gone? Wimbledon are getting a grip on things now at the back and it's much tighter. 80 mins - 10 to play there a winner out there? 76 mins - Back come the hosts, and that's always the worry if you haven't taken your chances, as Jolley heads straight at Tyler at the back post when left unmarked to meet Luke Moore's cross. 75 mins - Drury is on a one-man crusade in an attempt to win this for the Town. Gnakpa draws a free-kick 25 yards out that Drury fancies. It looks like a cross but it dangerously dips close to the goal at Brown has to take evasive action to tip it over to safety. Can they get a winner their play so richly deserves? 73 mins - One helluva hit and the Town are denied by the woodwork for a second tie in two minutes as Drury leaves home defenders in his wake, cuts inside and lets rip with a right-foot shot from the edge of the area that crashes off the bar and away to safety. My word. 71 mins - CHANCE and the Hatters should be ahead this time as Walker again finds himself with time and space, reacting first to Keane's quick free-kick in the home penalty area but with just Brown to beat the sub can only poke a shot against the top of the Dons crossbar. 69 mins - Oh another chance for the Town as Walker, onside, races onto Tyler's long boot forward. The ball just won't come down the striker so he hooks a shot goalwards that Brown has to jump to palm away - basketball defensive style. 67 mins - ...dealt with by the hosts. 66 mins - Hatters pressure now...three successive corners... 64 mins - Jolley almost makes an instant impact for the hosts but can't guide a left-wing Luke Moore cross on target. 63 mins - First change for the Wombles as Hudson is replaced by Christian Jolley. 61 mins - The Town are turning the screw now and in truth they should be ahead. Another half-chance goes by as Gnakpa heads over a Drury corner. 60 mins - Half a sniff for MBH again as Gnakpa meets a right-wing corner from Drury. The ball falls to the striker at the back post but he can't divert the ball home with his back to goal. 58 mins - Oh should be 1-0 Town as they miss two guilt edged chances to take the lead in the space of seconds as firstly Gnakpa's cross his met by Walker who sees a shot blocked by Yakubu. With the goal gaping Barnes-Homer is first to it, but he sees his shot blocked by Brown, the Dons keeper, on the floor. Incredible. 54 mins  And that's the second change for the Town as Walker replaces Crow. 52 mins - Looks like Jason Walker is getting ready to get on. 51 mins - Drury on the left flank now with Lawless joining Keane in the middle of the park. 49 mins - Big shouts for a pen from the home fans as Pilkington wrestles Kedwell to the ball. Nowt given. 49 mins - It's a season's best here at Kingsmeadow: 4,287 which includes 727 shouting for the Hatters. 47 mins - First chance of this second half falls to the visitors as Gregory picks the ball up 20 yards out and whacks a fierce drive over the bar that the Dons fans behind the goal need to avoid. 46 mins Annnnnnd we're off for the second half and it's the hosts that gets us underway again. The Town are now shooting towards their massed ranks of fans behind the goal away to my left. No changes for either side at the interval, by the way. 20:48 MATCHDAY MUSIC Future Sound of London - Papua New Guinea. Hatters players now out early doors for a pre-second half warm-up. HALF-TIME Well that's the break as referee Barrett calls time on the first 45 minutes. Both goalkeepers have been called into action in an even first-half. Both sides will fancy their chances of nicking this in the second period. Check back in a quarter of an hour for the second half updates. COYH! 45 mins - Two added minutes here and Tyler does well to keep it goalless as the Dons break with Mulley forcing a save from the Town keeper after he'd raced inside the inside right channel. 44 mins - Oh my, even closer as from Drury's corner Lawless loops a header up that bounces on the goalline and is eventually, somehow cleared. 44 mins - Oh what a chance and the Wombles are let off the hook by Brown again as Crow gets the better of two home defenders to shoot goalwards but the home goalkeeper shows strong wrists to palm the ball behind for a corner. 43 mins - Another good move from the Town. This time MBH plays in Gnakpa inside the right back but the Frenchman's cross eludes everyone. 42 mins - Half-time fast approaching and the Hatters are left frustrated as a promising move breaks down when Gnakpa fluffs a right-wing cross, only finding the home support in the terrace behind the goal. 40 mins - Five minutes to the break and back come the Dons and it's a great last-ditch tackle by Kroca to deny Luke Moore a chance to test Tyler after he'd stepped past Gleeson down the left. 38 mins - No sooner do I say the Hatters are on top the hosts bite back and force a succession of set-piece to put Money's men under the cosh. Eventually dealt with no and limited scares for the visitors. 35 mins - CHANCE. And it's for the Town and it's that man Drury who takes MBH's pass and whacks a low shot from 20 yards that Seb Brown in the home goal has to keep out, diving at full stretch to his left to make sure it remains goalless. That's one good chance a piece now. 34 mins - So that save from Tyler earlier was from Hudson...Town on top now. Best period so far. 31 mins - Hold the back page. We've just been told there's a mix up on the teamsheet and numbers on two Wimbledon players. So below where I've put James Mulley it's Kirk Hudson and vica-versa. 28 mins - Drury looks a threat for the Hatters when he picks up the ball in the middle of the park. He does well to beat Mulley and races forward. He has Lawless to his left but decides to go alone, firing a shot from 25 yards that his blocked. 27 mins - Almost half-an-hour played and still goalless. The atmosphere is a bit flat...this games needs a goal. 24 mins - Half a sniff for the hosts as Town director Stephen Browne belatedely takes his seat in the directors' box to see Kedwell fire a shot on the turn from the edge of the area way over Tyler's crossbar. 21 mins - Referee Barrett's got his book out for the first time this evening to show Gnakpa a yellow card for a late challenge on Franks. Minutes later Franks whacks a shot over the crossbar. 20 mins - Lawless is lining-up on the left so no swapping of positions just yet. Drury remains in the middle of park. 19 mins  Yep, as we thought it's Lawless on for Morgan-Smith. 17 mins - Activity on the Town bench. Lawless looks ready and it could be Morgan-Smith who is forced off. 14 mins - From the resulting corner the Hatters fail to clear and Luke Moore's scuffed shot is helped over the crossbar by Jamie Stuart's flick. 13 mins - Almost 1-0 to the Dons as the noise goes up and the Town have Tyler to thank to turn around James Mulley's well hit shot from the edge of the area after the ball broke to him following Pilkington's challenge on Kedwell that the home crowd thought should have been a pen. Still 0-0. But that was close. 11 mins - Half a sniff for the Town as they win a throw down the right. Drury hangs up a cross that Kroca flicks goalwards. It falls to Barnes-Homer who turns 15 yards out to shoot but sees his volley blocked by Kedwell, the Wombles striker and captain. 9 mins - Pretty even so far but Wimbledon probably have enjoyed more of the ball in these very early stages. Concern for the Town here Morgan-Smith is down receiving treatment. 6 mins - Not really something to even note but it'll keep the updates ticking over as Fraser Franks wastes a decent opportunity to cross from the left, unable to pick out Kedwell in the middle. 3 mins - Back come the Hatters but it's the same the outcome as Gleeson crosses well from the right to Morgan-Smith on the edge of the area but he gets his shot all wrong and skies a shot on the turn out of the ground. 2 mins - First foray forward by the Dons but the less said about James Mulley the better as he thumps a right-wing cross out of the ground, clearing the low terrace where the Town fan are. 2 mins - So it's as you were for fourth straight game: Tyler in goal, Gleeson right back, Howells left back, Pilks and Kroca at centre-half, Drury and Keane in centre mid, Morgan-Smith on the left-flank, Claude on the right with Barnes-Homer and Crow up top. 1 min  And we're off as the Town get us underway shooting toward a packed home terrace. From the centre though Crow can't keep the ball in and the Dons gain possession. 19:44 HERE THEY COME Out come the two sides on the Kingsmeadow pitch, the Town in orange, Wimbledon in all blue. Great reception for both. 19:38 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 3-1 Luton, Simon Pitts: 2-1 Luton, Paul Quilter: 2-0 Luton, Mike Simmonds: 2-2 draw, James Cunliffe: 1-0 Luton, Euan Duncan: 3-1 Luton, Bill Cole: 2-2 draw. 19:30 MATCHDAY MUSIC David Bowie - Sound and Vision straining out of the speakers here at Kingsmeadow. 19:25 FULL-HOUSE We're expecting Kingsmeadow to be a sell-out this evening. The Town have sold-out their 800-odd allocation. Should make for a cracking atmosphere under the lights here. 19:15 LINE-UPS AFC Wimbledon: Brown, Hatton, Franks, Gregory, Stuart, Mulley, S. Moore, Kedwell, L. Moore, Hudson. Subs: Yussuff, Turrner, Jolley, Jackson, Nwokeji. Hatters: Tyler, Gleeson, Keane, Pilkington, Morgan-Smith, Barnes-Homer, Drury, Kroca, Howells, Gnakpa, Crow. Subs: Lawless, Asafu-Adjaye, Walker, Lacey, Poku. 19:04 UNCHANGED Breaking news: no changes here. Same XI that started at Bath. Full teams to follow. 19:00 WARM-UP The Town players are now out on the Kingsmeadow turf. No surprises out there. The same squad that travelled to Bath. Team news to follow. 18:50 OLD SCHOOL Three AFC Wimbledon players are being put through their paces by running up and the Main Stand steps. 18:20 BIG SQUEEZE No doubt it's a big game tonight and, naturally, interest in it is high. So much so the press box at Kingsmeadow has 29 press men meant to fit into just 21 seats. You do the maths. 17:51 CHEERS MONTY! On twitter, England cricketer Monty Panesar: "Good luck tonight Luton Town". 17:45 WEATHER WATCH Not raining here, mild-ish for this time of year. Still, it's dark and damp. 17:00 PLAYERS TWEET Defender Shane Blackett: "Big game tonight! Got a feeling!" Goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington, currently on-loan at Mansfield: "All the best to the LTFC boys tonight! Big game!" And earlier... Winger JJ O'Donnell: "Just left the ground on way to AFC Wimbledon. Massive game!" 16:35 TRAFFIC FLOWING FREELY The M1 was bumper-to-bumper following an earlier accident but it's fine now if you're just leaving. It's a little bit wet, though. 16:00 NOTHING WON, NOTHING LOST "It's only the 24th game of the season, we're only half-way through. They'll be 22 to go after tomorrow. The league - or who finishes above who - certainly won't be decided on Wednesday night," manager Richard Money said yesterday. At this stage last season the Hatters trailed then leaders Oxford United by a mammoth 12 points and were 10 points behind Champions-elect Stevenage. The Town faithful's dream of automatic promotion had long gone - their focus switching to roaring on their heroes to the play-off positions their priority. Soon enough, however, the results came. And came, and came. Nine wins on the spin beginning in March ate up ground. Oxford were soon overhauled and Stevenage were within sight. But as we know and pains us to say, Stevenage kept winning too and the dream that had before seemed out of reach was taken away with a week of the season to spare. As for the Play-Offs...well let's not go there. Twelve months on the gap between the Hatters and the coveted sole top spot is just three points. Tonight, that position could be theirs. Football's a funny old game. After all, why would be bother turning up every week if we knew what was going to happen? Furthermore, for some reason, things never seem to be straightforward in the fortunes of Luton Town. Things are never done the easy way. It's just what we do. AFC Wimbledon, the current league leaders, stand in Richard Money and players' way tonight. Big spending Crawley lie second with games in hand. Lurking menacingly behind like a racecourse cruising behind its rivals with a furlong left to race. As the Town boss eluded to yesterday "thetop three in the division this season have more quality than the top three last season". It's bound to be nip and tuck all the way to the end of the season and as the Hatters manager said yesterday we're only half-way through it. Things are never easy following the Town so just remember never to give up...just keep believing. Well once more, as ever, win, lose or draw tonight will be following every step of the way. As usual we'll have all the goals and incidents as it happens live with the usual news in the run-up to kick-off with team line-ups and plenty of chat as your official website has, as ever, the usual updates keeping you bang up-to-date with all the action - and in a number of ways. There's none of those boring ball-by-ball "defensive thrown-in taken by Luton left-back" updates as we continue to and bring you an updated and detailed text commentary. This is a great way to keep in touch and has been popular to those supporters not able to get to a computer or a radio as the service is also available and is updated live on our fantastic mobile site. Check it out if you're on the move @  On Hatters Player you all have access to our live commentary. Remember, Player is available as ever which means you all have access to our live commentary. If you haven't heard it yet then where you have been? It's still brought to you by Simon "Statto" Pitts but he's got company this time! The DiverseFM team have collaborated with BBC Three Counties radio and the Club to bring you the Luton Town Show. Following the final whistle we'll have all the reaction from the men that matter this after, bringing you exclusive video content from Richard Money and from the dressing room. We'll have plenty of content to keep you interested as we'll have all of the post-match reaction from Richard as well as match action from Gareth Owen to follow after the final whistle. Be sure to check out - our online image library. Like a picture you see and fancy having that on a mug? Well, fancy no more - with Hatters Pics it's a reality. Remember, we want you to get in touch. Join the updates and get in touch. Email and we'll pick the best comments to go live on the site during our live updates. Don't forget we're also on twitter and Facebook so feel free to interact with your fellow fans online. Enjoy the game. COYH!
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