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MATCH PREVIEW: GRIMSBY TOWN V LUTON TOWN

26 January 2018

The Hatters travel up to Grimsby Town tomorrow with the intention of extending their lead at the top of Sky Bet League Two as well as ending a run of two successive away league defeats.

Town's lead of six points at the summit of the fourth tier was made slightly more comfortable in midweek as second placed Notts County fell to a home defeat against Crawley Town, meaning Kevin Nolan's side have played a game more than the Hatters.

Tomorrow's hosts were on an unbeaten run of four games prior to their 2-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road in December, a result which hasn't seen them win in their six games since.

In their 15 home games this season, the Mariners have won four, drawn five and lost six, but have today brought in striker Mallik Wilks on loan from Leeds United to add some fire power up front.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On getting back to winning ways on the road: "We've got a big month. We knew this was a big month and we have got two games remaining, two very big games. We have got to make sure we continue our decent form, we have lost one this month. In general we have been in very good form, we have got to continue that."

On confidence: "With the group of players we have got and where we are in the league, we're always confident. But we have lost our last two away games and we haven't performed anywhere near the levels they have [done before]. We will have to do that otherwise we could face another defeat. We don't look like that. What we have done is prepared well. We are really looking forward to the game and it should be a different performance from the ones we have seen recently."

On a change of thinking for the game: "There's definitely got to be a change in thinking, whatever thinking we have gone in with, we have lost two games. Whatever happens I want to see a reaction after the last two games.

"I put it down to things at Port Vale that we weren't set-up for, but there were no excuses against Chesterfield. We didn't start well enough, we conceded. We then didn't impose ourselves, we were nowhere near ourselves in any way. So we have got to rectify that."

WHO?

A Championship outfit as recently as 2003, the Mariners slipped down the EFL and eventually into Non-League in 2010, the first time in 117 years. Six seasons spent in the National League saw three successive play-off defeats, the fourth attempt finally saw their return to the fourth tier, as an Omar Bogle brace and a late strike from Padraig Amond secured a 3-1 win over Forest Green Rovers in the play-off final.

The Mariners are encouraging supporters to wear shirts from different generations to support Sporting Memories, which you can read more about by clicking here. Town fans are also encouraged to wear retro shirts to the match.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm on Saturday 27th January at Blundell Park.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the game will be available on the day, but with a £2 increase on the day on the prices below (apart from juniors):

Adults (19-64): £18
Seniors (65+): £11
Students (with valid NUS card): £11
Young Adult (15-18): £11
Accompannied Juniors (14 & under): £5
Unaccompanied Junior (14 & Under): £7
Ambulant Disabled (High or enhanced Living allowance) £18
Carer £0

PLAYED BEFORE?

The Hatters have played the Mariners 53 times, with Luton winning 17 times and losing 19 matches. Our last meeting was only last month, as a fantastic 25-yard goal from Luke Berry helped the Hatters on their way to a 2-0 win at Kenilworth Road.

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. You can subscribe to iFollow Hatters here...and supporters who are overseas can buy an individual match pass for the live video stream via the Match Centre.

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REPORT: GRIMSBY TOWN 0 LUTON TOWN 1

Collins' 13th goal of the season sends ten-man Town nine points clear

27 January 2018

The Hatters produced a backs-to-the-wall performance to win 1-0 at Grimsby this afternoon after having to play the last hour with ten men following the first-half dismissal of Jordan Cook.

James Collins’ 13th goal of the season proved enough to take the Hatters nine points clear at the top of Sky Bet League Two, as Nathan Jones’ squad rolled their sleeves up to take full advantage of second-placed Notts County being in FA Cup action.

With third-placed Accrington losing at Crawley and neither Wycombe and Exeter in action, the victory increases the gap over fourth place to 11 points as the Town reached the 60-mark in their 29th game of the campaign.

Jones made three changes to his starting line-up, with Alan Sheehan back at the heart of defence after completing his three-match suspension, while Cook and Harry Cornick – who had an explosive last half-an-hour as a substitute against Morecambe last week – returned to the attack.

Danny Hylton missed out with the hamstring injury he sustained in the early stages of the 1-0 win over the Shrimps, while Olly Lee and Lawson D’Ath dropped to the bench.

Town had started brightly, Cornick putting a dangerous cross into the six-yard box from the right that James Collins was close to getting on the end of, but it was the hosts who had the first effort on goal – midfielder Luke Summerfield rattling the crossbar with a rasping drive from 25 yards.

The Hatters’ first opportunity came with a double chance in the 18th minute, when there were claims that Luke Berry’s header from Sheehan’s right-wing corner had crossed the line.

Referee Michael Salisbury waved play on as Cornick latched onto the loose ball and smashed a half-volley that looked destined for the top corner before Cook inadvertently got in the way and deflected it over the bar.

Cook soon went into the ref’s notepad for a foul on Mitch Rose midway inside the Grimsby half, then – on 23 minutes – Summerfield had another go from 25 yards, this one fizzing just wide of Stech’s right post.

Grimsby were growing in confidence and after the Town had failed to capitalise on another promising position for Stacey down the right after good play from Sheehan – carrying the ball out of defence – and Cornick, Jamille Matt spun Johnny Mullins and fired a 25-yarder narrowly wide on the half-hour.

With 33 minutes on the clock, Cook was dismissed after collecting his second yellow in 12 minutes for a foul on Grimsby defender Danny Collins right on the touchline as the ball was heading out of play, and the Town were forced to regroup with ten men, as they had against Lincoln on New Year’s Day.

Charles Vernam was the next Mariner to have a go, but his effort flew high and wide, before their right-back Ben Davies was booked for a foul on Dan Potts.

The Town were having to be on their guard at the back as Collins slid in at the near post to clear Summerfield’s low free-kick from the left, before Mullins smashed away another ball into the box as Grimsby looked to pile on the pressure before half-time.

Grimsby made a change at the break, taking Davies off and replacing him with Zak Mills, but it was the Hatters who started on the front foot and got their noses in front three minutes after the restart.

Cornick had already burst down the right and slid a lovely ball across the six-yard box that Collins couldn’t quite convert when Shinnie was fouled 20 yards out and Berry curled a beauty over the wall that Grimsby keeper Ben Killip, a Town trialist last season, tipped onto the bar.

Collins was alert to the opportunity, however, and headed the rebound over the line, with Potts on hand to lash it into the roof of the net just to make sure!

Grimsby inevitably tried to respond and make the extra man count, and after Collins had seen a far post header easily saved by Stech, Mullins and Sheehan both did well to repel 59th-minute crosses from Paul Dixon, before Rea got a block on Summerfield’s shot that gave Stech a routine save to make.

The Czech keeper was in the right place to gather a 67th-minute header from Nathan Clarke, who had been lucky a minute earlier to avoid a card for a late challenge on Collins in front of the dugouts, but the Town were defending resolutely.

Jones made his first change with 15 minutes to go, bringing D’Ath on for Shinnie, but – after Potts had won a towering header at the far post to turn a Dixon cross behind for a corner – Matt saw his lopping header bounce off the top of the bar and out to safety.

Mullins produced a great piece of defending when he had Mallik Wilks and Mills bearing down on him with ten minutes to go, the Town centre-half biding his time before getting a crucial deflection on Wilks’ attempted pass to his fellow sub to enable Sheehan to hook clear.

Jones then took Collins off for James Justin, pushing Cornick up as the lone frontman. The ex-Bournemouth forward almost created a chance for himself out of nothing when he charged down Killip’s clearance 25 yards from goal, but the ball wouldn’t come down soon enough for him to get a shot on the empty net.

Cornick’s persistence did, however, win the Town a corner and ate up crucial seconds as the Hatters again got men behind the ball before the likes of Sheehan, Mullins, Potts and the excellent Glen Rea put their tin helmets back on.

Cornick picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Elliot Lee with 90 minutes up, but the Town ten had enough to hold on for a massive three points.

 

TOWN: Stech, Stacey, Mullins, Sheehan ©, Potts, Rea, Berry, Cook, Shinnie (D’Ath 75), Cornick (E Lee 90), Collins (Justin 82). Subs: O Lee, Mpanzu, Famewo, Shea (GK)

Yellows: Cook

Red: Cook

Goals: Collins 48

 

GRIMSBY: Killip, Davies (Mills 46), Clarke © Osborne, Collins, Dixon (Wilks 77), Berrett, Rose (Dembele 61), Summerfield, Vernam, Matt. Subs: Warrington (GK), Jaiyesimi, Woolford, Vernon

Yellows: Davies, Dembele

 

REFEREE: Michael Salisbury

ATT: 4,159 (522 Hatters)

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