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26 December 2017 Venue The County Ground Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW: SWINDON TOWN V LUTON TOWN

25 December 2017

The Hatters head to Swindon Town tomorrow looking to add to their lead at the top of Sky Bet League Two.

A 2-0 win against Grimsby Town on Saturday helped move the Town four points clear at the top of the table and extend their run to just one defeat in their last 22 games in all competitions.

Former Robins striker James Collins got on the scoresheet against the Mariners to net his 10th of the campaign after a spell out through injury, with the result also helping to put the gap between first and fourth to ten points.

A run of five straight league defeats hampered tomorrow's hosts' hopes of pushing for a place nearer the top of the table for the end of 2017, but they are still within touching distance of the top seven.

Their top scorer this season Luke Norris has nine to his name, including one against the Hatters in the win for the Robins at Kenilworth Road back at the beginning of September.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On the travelling support this Boxing Day: "It's wonderful, the support we have is truly wonderful, it really is. I keep saying about it, that it doesn't surprise me them getting right behind the team.

"The team are giving them performances so there's a good feel good factor because both are driving each other on."

On results so far and not letting up against Swindon: "We're halfway through and we're in a good place and what we want to do is come out of the Christmas period in an even better position than what we went into it. We're not going to take our foot off the pedal in any way and it's important that we back that up.

"We have already lost to Swindon and so we know what a dangerous side they are and that's all the motivation we need."

WHO?

A side who are a part of the play-off chasing pack, Swindon got back to winning ways on Saturday with a resounding 3-0 win at Crewe. Back in the fourth tier after a five-season absence, David Flitcroft has got off to a mixed start with his new side. But now within just two points of seventh, he will see tomorrow's game as an ideal opportunity for the Robins to repeat the win at Kenilworth Road his side enjoyed earlier on this season to help really propel them up the table.

Last time they climbed out of Sky Bet League Two was with former West Ham United forward Paulo Di Canio at the helm, with players such as Alan McCormack, Paul Benson and Jonathan Smith helping pave the way to the League Two title in 2012.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-of is at 3pm on Tuesday 26th December at the County Ground.

TICKET INFORMATION

1,290 tickets have been presold by the Hatters, with none available for purchase until the day of the game. You can find out more information on that by clicking here.

PARKING INFORMATION

The following has been advised by Swindon Town: Parking for away supporters is available at St Joseph's Catholic College, Ocotal Way, SN3 3LR, or Spring Gardens car park, SN1 2BF.

LAST TIME WE PLAYED?

One of only three teams to beat the Hatters in 23 league outings so far this season, Flitcroft's side inflicted a 3-0 defeat on the Hatters back in September at Kenilworth Road.

Boxing Day's game will be the 103rd meeting – of the previous 102 games, the Hatters have won 46 and the Robins have been victorious in 35. Our last win against them came last season, when Josh McQuoid and Isaac Vassell netted in a 3-2 victory in the Checkatrade Trophy.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

You can follow the Hatters' Twitter feed on @LutonTown, or stay up to date on the LTFC website in the match centre. iFollow Hatters subscribers can tune in for Simon Pitts' match commentary, whilst international subscribers can watch the game live.

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REPORT: SWINDON TOWN 0 LUTON TOWN 5

Hatters equal record away league victory with second-half super show at Swindon

26 December 2017

The Hatters produced a second-half super show as Nathan Jones’ team a Boxing Day knockout blow to Swindon – with five goals in 36 minutes after a blank first period making it another memorable afternoon for table-topping Town.

James Collins got the ball rolling with a stunning first against his old club for his 11th of the season in the 48th minute, before Danny Hylton soon added his 15th to put his side in total control.

An own goal from former Luton star Matthew Taylor and further strikes from substitutes Harry Cornick and Elliot Lee saw the Town go nap – or more – for the fifth time this season, equalling the club’s record away victories in the EFL, against Exeter and Colchester, and taking the goals scored tally to 58 in 24 league matches.

An eighth league game unbeaten helped the Hatters maintain their four-point lead over Notts County at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table, and crucially, the gap over fourth-placed Wycombe has now increased to 11 points.

Jones named an unchanged side, with exactly the same starting XI and bench that beat Grimsby 2-0 at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.

Marek Stech was in goal, behind a back four of James Justin, Johnny Mullins, captain Alan Sheehan – who was also returning to his former club – and Dan Potts. In midfield was Glen Rea, Luke Berry, Olly Lee and Andrew Shinnie, with Hylton and Collins in attack.

Swindon had the first sight of goal in the fourth minute, right-winger Paul Mullin firing an angled shot straight at Stech, seconds before Hylton skipped past former Hatter Taylor on the right edge of the area and went down, but referee Gavin Ward waved away appeals for a penalty.

The Town had started well, winning three corners in the first six minutes with Hylton almost getting on the end of an inviting low cross from Olly Lee at the near post.

But Swindon called Stech into action again in the seventh minute, the Czech tipping James Dunne’s 20-yard effort over before Robins skipper Olly Lancashire headed the resulting corner wide.

Hatters were dominating possession, and it was from a Sheehan free-kick on the left in the 12th minute that their first chance came, Rea and Potts both closing in on a great delivery into the six-yard box only for the latter to volley over at full stretch.

It was Swindon keeper Lawrence Vigouroux who was at full stretch in the 16th minute as Collins collected a loose ball just inside his own half and attempted to chip him from 45 yards out. The former Swindon man’s effort was almost perfect, only for the hosts’ goalie to back-pedal and tip it over the cross bar as it was about to drop in.

Stech launched a lightning break in the 24th minute after he caught Rea’s skied clearance inside his six-yard box, then rolled a brilliant ball out down the middle of the pitch for Shinnie, who played Olly Lee down the right, only for the midfielder’s cross looking for Hylton to be turned behind.

Swindon then launched a counter attack of their own from Sheehan’s corner, Kaiyne Woolery bursting down the Robins’ right before crossing for Keshi Anderson, who thankfully – for the Hatters – couldn’t quite make it at the far post.

Rea fancied his chances just after the half-hour, as Justin’s right-wing cross was only half-cleared by the Swindon defence, but the former Brighton midfielder’s 25-yard drive flashed a foot wide of Vigouroux’s right post.

Berry was next to have a go in the 37th minute, with Potts collecting a pass from the midfielder on the left, playing inside the area to Hylton, who couldn’t get his shot away but intelligently laid back for the former Cambridge man, although his curling shot from 22 yards was always rising.

It remained goalless until the break, but it wasn’t long into the second half that the Hatters’ run of scoring first in matches was extended to a 12th game.

Shinnie won possession just over halfway with a perfectly-timed tackle, then Olly Lee spread the ball wide to Collins on the right. The striker controlled in an instant, then cut inside his man before bending a beautiful left-footed shot around Vigouroux and just inside the post.

It was a second goal in as many games for the former Robin, and the Town soon doubled their lead with Hylton rounding off a terrific 55th-minute move down the left involving Rea, Shinnie and Berry, who played Potts in to deliver a perfect cross for the leading scorer to head home from six yards.

Ten minutes later it was three to the dominant Hatters, and the goal owed everything to Rea’s determination and ability to break up play. Hylton lost possession 35 yards from goal, but the holding midfielder won it back with a crunching challenge and the ball rolled straight back to Hylton.

Hylton played Collins in on the right of the area, and the striker zipped a low cross towards Olly Lee, who was steaming into the six-yard box to tap in – only he didn’t get the chance as former Hatter Taylor got there first and steered it into his own net.

Cornick, who had come on as a sub for Shinnie in the aftermath of the third goal, was soon in on the act, picking up a loose ball from a Swindon headed clearance 25 yards from goal and picking his spot with another curling effort into the top corner that left Vigouroux rooted to the spot.

The Hatters were in clinical form, with goalkeeper Stech a virtual spectator for the second half bar a low save from Norris, who also acrobatically volleyed over the bar from 12 yards, and they soon had a fifth with Elliot Lee – on as a 76th-minute sub for Hylton – netting his seventh goal of the season.

The former Barnsley forward slid in to win a pass from Berry on the left, Collins picked up the ball and rolled it back into Lee’s path to bend another beauty around Vigouroux from just inside the area.

Swindon looked for a consolation, but Sheehan slid in to deflect Woolery’s shot behind for a corner with 90 minutes up, then Potts hacked the subsequent corner clear of the far post after Stech had palmed the delivery away.

Even then, the Town could have broken the record for an away win when Berry raced onto a mis-kick from a home defender in the 92nd minute, but blazed his half-volley over the bar from close range.

The job had already been done, and it’s just one defeat in 23 games in all competitions now since Swindon won 3-0 at Kenilworth Road in September, with a 12th league clean sheet and 15 in total to boot. On to Port Vale!

 

TOWN: Stech, Justin, Mullins, Sheehan ©, Potts, Rea, Berry, O Lee (Mpanzu 84), Shinnie (Cornick 66), Collins, Hylton (E Lee 76). Subs: Gambin, D’Ath, Famewo, Shea (GK)

Goals: Collins 48, Hylton 55, Taylor (OG) 65, Cornick 73, E Lee 84

Yellows: Hylton

SWINDON: Vigouroux, Purkiss, Preston, Lancashire ©, Mullin (Gordon 62), Dunne, Norris, Linganzi, Woolery, Anderson (Iandolo 75), Taylor. Subs: Robertson, Goddard, Charles-Cook, Knoyle, Twine.

Yellows: Dunne, Lancashire

REFEREE: Gavin Ward

ATTENDANCE: 8,526 (1,408 Hatters)

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