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9 January 2018

The Hatters welcome Peterborough United to Kenilworth Road tonight as Nathan Jones' side look to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

A convincing 4-0 win over West Ham United Under-21s saw the Hatters reach this stage of the competition, whilst Posh saw off fellow Sky Bet League One side Southend United.

Group stage draws followed by penalty shoot-out bonus point wins against Tottenham Hotspur Under-21s and Barnet, as well as a 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon, saw the Town finish top of Southern Group F, whilst Posh overcame Southampton Under-21s and Cambridge United in the group stages, whilst also drawing and then losing the penalty shoot-out against Northampton Town.

Tonight's game could also see the return of Jack Marriott to Kenilworth Road after his summer departure to the ABAX Stadium. Jack scored 28 times in 91 appearances in a Hatters shirt, but he could top that this season, having already netted 23 times in 36 outings for his new side – including two against Aston Villa in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday to put Grant McCann's team into the fourth round.


On Jack Marriott's departure: "He wouldn't have played as much as he wanted to here, or we think he wouldn't. All we can do is make decisions at the time, so there's no regrets. Why would I have regrets? We're at the top of the league. We are the highest scorers in England, although Man City might have nicked above us now after the other day. How many goalscorers can I keep happy?

"At the time, I couldn't guarantee him that he was going to start. We had Danny Hylton and James Collins, who are pretty much the top two scorers in the division from the last three years. Then I had Isaac Vassell, who had gone above Jack/ So when someone comes in and offers good money for your, at the time, fourth choice striker, you have to take it.

"That's not to say that I didn't try and persuade Jack to stay and be patient. But Jack said, 'I think I'm better off going'. He felt it was a good move for him and we did, because we let him go there and he's kicked on. He's done magnificently well, he's played and they've put an arm round him. The thing with us was, we couldn't guarantee him first team football."

On the team who will play against Posh: "We'll use the squad because some of the squad need games. But we will make sure we're right at it, energetic, so we're going to need to make some changes anyway.

"We're going to need to be strong because Peterborough are a very good side, they're in great form themselves. They've had a fantastic win on the weekend, they'll be strong, because in every Checkatrade Trophy game they've played they've been strong. They haven't changed from a Saturday, so it's another game for them. We will treat it with the respect we normally do."


A Sky Bet League One outfit for the fifth consecutive season, Posh are looking to break back into the Championship, having been relegated from the second tier in 2013. Former Peterborough midfielder Grant McCann has been in charge at the ABAX Stadium since 2016, and with Jack Marriott leading his strike force and the League One goalscoring charts, they certainly look capable of going up.


Kick-off is at 7:45pm at Kenilworth Road tonight.


Tickets for the fixture can be purchased in advance from the Ticket Office in person, over the phone and online by clicking here. They will also be available for purchase on the night. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and concessions, whilst under-16s can get in for just £1!


Of the 25 meetings between the Hatters and Peterborough, Town have won nine and drawn 11, with the Posh victorious in five.


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 the game will also be available for subscribers to watch live in the UK and overseas – and non-subscribers can purchase a match pass for just £5! Click here for more information.

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Town bow out of Trophy as League One Posh progress on penalties

9 January 2018

Three days after the Hatters’ FA Cup run came to an end at the third round stage, the same fate befell them in the Checkatrade Trophy at Kenilworth Road tonight as Peterborough won 7-6 on penalties after an entertaining 0-0 draw.

The Sky Bet League One play-off hopefuls paid the Town huge respect by making just two changes to the side that beat Aston Villa on Saturday, and one of those was enforced by a Trophy suspension.

Hatters boss Nathan Jones, meanwhile, made ten changes to the side that lost at Newcastle at the weekend, with James Shea in goal and Alan Sheehan eligible to captain the side despite serving a three-match league and FA Cup suspension.

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu was the only player included who started at Newcastle on Saturday, while Harry Cornick and Luke Gambin – both who appeared as substitutes at St James’ Park – appear in attack.

It took former Hatters striker Jack Marriott just eight seconds to have the game’s first effort on goal, but his left-footed shot fizzed wide, before Lawson D’Ath sent a first-time volley on target at the other end with just 42 seconds gone – Posh keeper Jonathan Bond diving to his left to turn it behind.

It was a blistering start, and with Jack Stacey flying down the right, the Hatters were making inroads to the Peterborough defence, Jordan Cook firing a rocket just wide of the upright in the fifth minute before Stacey had a go himself, though Bond dealt with

Marriot got his body between Frankie Musonda and the ball to engineer space in the area on eight minutes, but Shea was equal to his low shot, as he was again ten minutes later when the former Town striker shot straight at him.

In between, Akin Famewo carried the ball out of defence and reached the Posh penalty area with some neat footwork, before laying it back to Mpanzu, whose shot was diverted into Jack Senior’s path.

The left-back’s path was blocked, but the Town were more than playing their part in an end-to-end encounter, and – after Josh McQuoid had come on for Gambin, who was injured in a strong, but fair, challenge by Posh captain – Senior had a go with his right foot, only to be blocked again.

Town were having their share of the chances, with Mpanzu teeing McQuoid up to crack a left-footed shot straight at Bond in the 28th minute.

On the half-hour mark Cornnick carried the ball deep into Peterborough territory from inside his own half, then got it back via Stacey and a back-heel flick from Cook, to fire a right-footed volley at goal, though once again Bond saved comfortably.

Maddison picked out United left-back Andrew Hughes to head just wide in the 34th minute, seconds before Shea had to produce a smart stop to keep Danny Lloyd’s powerful cross-shot out.

Cook came within a lick of paint of putting the Hatters in front in the 37th minute when he met Cornick’s inviting right-wing cross with a cushioned header that bounced back off Bond’s left-hand post.

Marriott called Shea into action again a minute later, before play once again moved to the Oak Road End, where McQuoid – who was looking lively – set D’Ath up for a 20-yarder that flew over the bar.

Captain Sheehan had to produce a timely challenge on the stroke of half-time to prevent Marriott getting on the end of a left-wing centre from Lloyd, but it was the Hatters who started the second period on the front foot.

Stacey made headway down the right, revelling in the space afforded him by the 3-4-3 formation, and standing up a lovely cross to the far post where McQuoid was poised to head home before Posh right-back Liam Shephard intervened with a timely header.

Marriott had another go soon after, but his shot was way off target, before Sheehan stepped up to take a 25-yard free-kick that only found the wall.

McQuoid sent another shot just wide before Shea had to deal with a cross-shot from Shephard as the sides continued to trade blows, without breaking the deadlock.

Just after the hour Jones made his second substitution, replacing Cornick with Andrew Shinnie, and it was the Town who continued to pose questions, D’Ath and Senior combining to set McQuoid up for a 65th-minute shot straight at Bond, before Ryan Tafazolli did well to clear Mpanzu’s cross over his own bar straight after.

Sheehan and Famewo then saw headers go wide, the former with the aid of a deflection, before Hughes sent a 25-yard left-footer high over Shea’s crossbar as Posh went on the attack again.

The Town were playing the better football, however, and in the 80th minute they were denied a clear chance goal when Stacey kept the ball brilliantly with a long, snaking run across the edge of the Posh penalty area, before laying off to Shinnie, who was brought down 22 yards out.

The ball rolled to D’Ath, who slipped Mpanzu into the box – only for referee Antony Coggins, who had let play go on, pull it back to award the free-kick.

The Hatters were bemused by the call, and Sheehan’s curling free-kick proved too high, but the Irishman was soon doing his duty in his own penalty area, clearing a dangerous Hughes cross over his own bar as Marriott looked to profit.

Hatters keeper Shea made another great save to deny Jermaine Anderson in the 89th-minute, diving low to his left to keep the Peterborough sub’s drive out,

The second half hadn’t lived up to the first, but it had been a cracking game and penalties were needed to determine a winner.

Both sides were spot on with Cook, McQuoid, Olly Lee, Shinnie, Sheehan and Mpanzu all on target for the Hatters, while Maddison, Doughty, Marriott, Shephard, Kanu, Baldwin and Tafazolli all scored for Peterborough before Musonda saw his penalty – the Town’s seventh – saved by Bond.

The Posh were through, and the Town are left to focus on the season’s ultimate goal – promotion to the level their opponents are currently at.


TOWN: Shea, Musonda, Sheehan ©, Famewo, Stacey, Mpanzu, D’Ath (O Lee 82), Senior, Gambin (McQuoid 26), Cornick (Shinnie 64), Cook. Subs: Justin, Potts, Cotter, Isted (GK)

Yellows: Senior

Penalties scored: Cook, McQuoid, Olly Lee, Shinnie, Sheehan, Mpanzu.

Saved: Musonda


POSH: Bond, Shephard, Hughes, Tafazolli, Baldwin ©, Lloyd (Kanu 57), Maddison, Marriott, Morias (Anderson 68), Da Silva Lopes (Doughty 33), Grant. Subs: Penny, O’Malley (GK), Freestone, Borg

Penalties scored: Maddison, Doughty, Marriott, Shephard, Kanu, Baldwin, Tafazolli


REFEREE: Anthony Coggins


ATT: 2,253 (408 away)


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