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Hatters host Championship side in Carabao Cup First Round tonight, 7.45pm

8 August 2017

The Town welcome Sky Bet Championship opposition to Kenilworth Road tonight for the third successive tie in the EFL Cup – now known as the Carabao Cup – with Ipswich Town the visitors.

Last season Nathan Jones’ side beat Aston Villa 3-1 at the same first round stage, before going down narrowly 1-0 to Leeds United in round two.

Tonight Jones and his men go looking to build on Saturday’s record-breaking 8-2 opening day victory over Yeovil Town in Sky Bet League Two by taking on higher level opposition once again.



On the selection approach to the game: “Nothing’s changed in terms of what we do. We’ve got a run of games coming up where we’ll use the squad and everyone will get game time. Everyone has to stay focussed. 

“The problem for me at the moment is one, keeping everyone’s feet on the ground, and two, keeping everyone happy because with the competition we have here, it’s about making sure that everyone is focussed – and that’s my first concern. 

“Then we come up against a very good Championship side run by an excellent, experienced manager who have had a good result at the weekend, so we know it’ll be a tough test.

“We’ll be very strong. We are treating this with the utmost respect. We had a wonderful result last year and two fantastic games in the competition against Championship sides, and we are looking forward to testing ourselves again.”



Ipswich have been in the second tier of English football for 16 seasons, since suffering relegation from the Premier League in 2002. 

In that period they have reached the play-offs three times, but last season’s 16th place was their lowest finish since vastly experienced boss Mick McCarthy, the former Millwall, Republic of Ireland, Sunderland and Wolves manager, took charge in 2012. 

They made a good start to the current campaign on Saturday, however, beating Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City at Portman Road with a goal from new signing from Rangers, Joe Garner.



Kick-off is 7.45pm tonight at Kenilworth Road.



Adult: £18

Senior (65+): £13

Golden senior (75+): £10

Young adult (19-21): £13

Under 19 (17-18): £10

Youth (10-16): £6

Junior (9 and under): £3


You can purchase tickets from the ticket office in person, over the phone on 01582 416976 or online, which you can access by clicking here. Cash turnstiles will also be in operation for home fans.

Reserved seating applies and all areas of the ground are open for home support other than the Oak Road.

Diamond season ticket holders can get their free cup ticket for this fixture, but it must be booked through the ticket office.

Cash turnstiles will be available tonight.



Town last played the Tractor Boys back in March 2007 at Kenilworth Road and our visitors took all three Championship points back to Suffolk by winning 2-0. Overall, the two clubs have met on 29 occasions, the Hatters just having the edge with 12 wins to 11, six matches ending all-square.



If you're not able to make it to Kenilworth Road tonight, follow the Hatters' Twitter feed on @LutonTown. iFollow Hatters subscribers can tune in for Simon Pitts' full match audio commentary. As tonight’s game is a Carabao Cup tie, subscribers based abroad won’t be able to watch the game live but they will be able to listen to Simon’s audio commentary.


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Hatters do boss proud, but crash out to Championship opposition

8 August 2017

There was spirit and craft but no goals and no Carabao Cup shock against Championship Ipswich Town as Luton succumbed to two David McGoldrick strikes.

The Hatters, having smashed an opening day record eight goals against Yeovil on Saturday, were brought back down to earth, though the bump is not one that should overly trouble them based on a performance where they caused plenty of problems for their higher division opposition. 

Despite an undeserved last-gasp sucker punch the tie was effectively won in the 35th minute through the Tractor Boys' only moment of real quality - Manchester City loan ace Bersant Celina picking out the goalscorer with surgeon-like precision.

Sadly, Luton weren't quite as cutting or clinical and Elliot Lee may wonder how he missed a sitter at the death before the break.

Despite carving out the better chances in the second half and going for broke late on by throwing captain Scott Cuthbert up front, they have bigger priorities this term in League Two.

This competition did give boss Nathan Jones - who'd signed Bournemouth forward Harry Cornick before kick-off - the opportunity to make three changes to the side that set their campaign off with a bang. Elliot Lee, Glen Rea and Jordan Cook came in for Alan McCormack (rested), Dan Potts (dead leg) and Isaac Vassell (ill).

After the rip-roaring brilliance of the weekend, this was an expectedly more even affair, the only trepidation coming when Marek Stech skewed a passed clearance straight to Dominic Iorfa who was thankfully thwarted by a timely Rea interception. 

But the goalie equipped himself better when he raced off his line to toe away from Celina.

Luton had to be patient at the other end and it was 21 minutes before Saturday's hat-trick hero James Collins shrugged off the attentions of his marker, but could not get enough purchase with a shot on the turn. 

In contrast, Ipswich's McGoldrick had two sighters before he finally found his mark with the relatively simple task to steering home Celina's inch-perfect teaser.

Elliot Lee came close to levelling for Luton after he cut across the 18-yard line and curled low but agonisingly the wrong side of the upright. Heads were in hands at that miss and then even more so just before half-time when goalie Dean Gerken found a Cook shot too hot to handle, pushing it into the path of the striker who stabbed over with the goal gaping.  

Early in the second half Stech was well-positioned to deny Jonas Knudsen from a corner, but the hosts rallied and Elliot Lee's teasing cross almost found Cuthbert before Cook struck the side netting after a one-two with Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu.

Collins must have thought he'd scored with a dipping volley that left Gerken rooted to the spot, just missing the target, but the stopper moved rather more quickly to deny Cuthbert at close quarters. 

Jack Stacey and Alan Sheehan were alert to cut short a worrying counter from the Tractor Boys but Mpanzu quickly maintained the Hatters' attacking intent, though his blast thundered over. 

Cuthbert mopped up after Rea's misjudgment almost gave McGoldrick the freedom of Luton's six-yard box. Though they continued to play on the break it signalled more threat from the visitors as Stech dived to guide out a Martyn Waghorn curler, saw Flynn Downes crack wide and then acrobatically tipped over a McGoldrick shot that deflected wickedly off Rea. 

But the Czech had no chance as the clocked ticked into the third minute of time added on and the Ipswich front man found enough space to drill into the corner. 


TOWN: Stech, Cuthbert, Stacey, O.Lee, Cook (Mullins, 86), Shinnie, Rea, Mpanzu, Collins, E.Lee (Gambin, 74), Sheehan. Unused subs: Senior, McQuoid, Bakinson, Shea, Musonda


IPSWICH: Gerken, Iorfa, Knudsen (Woolfenden, 45), Chambers, Webster, Skuse (McDonnell, 73), McGoldrick, Celina, Downes, Nydam (Waghorn 63), Kenlock. Unused subs: Rowe, Bialkowski, Webber

Yellows: Chambers, Downes, McGoldrick, Waghorn


Referee: Andy Haines


Attendance: 4,610 (796)



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