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MATCH PREVIEW: CRAWLEY TOWN V LUTON TOWN

Town head to the Checkatrade.com stadium hoping to make it nine games unbeaten

20 October 2017

The Hatters head to Crawley Town as they go in search of a fifth consecutive victory to increase their lead at the top of Sky Bet League Two.

Without defeat since the beginning of September, Nathan Jones' side took top spot after Tuesday night's win at Exeter, which tied with the 7-1 victory over Stevenage on Saturday saw the Hatters scoop the LMA's LG Performances of the Week award for the second time this season.

Crawley on the other hand have only picked up one win in their last five games that sees them currently occupy 17th in the division. They boast a fairly strong defensive record, conceding only 16 goals in their opening 14 games, but are the joint lowest scorers – netting just 12 strikes.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On taking on Crawley: "It doesn't matter who we play, we are going out to win the next game. History has no affect on it. We have a different focus about us, so we are looking forward to the game.

"Crawley will be a difficult test. They have had a mixed sort of start, but they're a dangerous side and we have to be aware of that. But we are a dangerous team, so I am sure they're going to have to be aware of that too."

On Crawley boss Harry Kewell: "He obviously played at a far higher level than I did! He was a better player than me and has now gone into management and coaching. He went away and did a bit in his native land before he came over here with Watford, but this is obviously his first managerial role.

"It takes time to settle, I am sure he is enjoying it somewhere along the line. It's mental at times and crazy, but he's not someone I have come up against. I have come up against his assistant, Warren Feeney, I know him very well. I like Warren. So I know it will be a difficult game, but I am quite sure they will know that as well."

WHO?

Now in their third season in the fourth tier following on from their relegation from League One, Harry Kewell's side will be hoping to better their previous two finishes of 20th and 19th in this division. The Red Devils have struggled to find the back of the net since last season's top scorer James Collins departed for Kenilworth Road.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm on Saturday 21st October.

TICKET INFORMATION

The Hatters have few tickets left of their allocation, which comes off sale at 3:30pm this afternoon (Friday 20th October).

Tickets will not be on sale on the day, so supporters are strongly advised not to travel unless they have bought one in advance.

LAST TIME WE PLAYED?

Town last took on Crawley back in February at Kenilworth Road, when Collins gave the visitors the lead on the hour mark. Danny Hylton then netted a brace to ensure the Hatters took all three points in a 2-1 win.

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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MATCH REPORT & GALLERY: CRAWLEY TOWN 0-0 LUTON TOWN

21 October 2017

The Town remain top of the Sky Bet League Two table after they were held to a goalless draw at Crawley Town this afternoon.

The Hatters went into the game a point clear at the summit of the fourth tier after they defeated Exeter City 4-1 on Tuesday, knowing a win today would make it five consecutive wins and eight from their last nine.

They were unable to break down a physical Red Devils defence though, as James Collins and Elliot Lee both went close for Nathan Jones' side.

Town started the more dominant side and Collins had a decent opportunity to score against his old side after 15 minutes, but not only was his header wide from Glen Rea's right-wing cross, he was also offside.

Crawley were the first side to register a shot on target when captain Jimmy Smith let fly from 25 yards 17 minutes in, but his effort was straight at Marek Stech who had the simple job of crouching down to collect the strike.

Jordan Roberts was a good outlet for his side all afternoon and he went close to opening the scoring when he drifted in from the right before having a go on his left from just outside the Hatters' box after 27 minutes – his shot took a deflection and looked like it was heading for the top left corner, but Stech was there again to claim it in the air.

Ten minutes before the break the Hatters nearly made the breakthrough when Alan Sheehan went on a marauding run into the Crawley half before getting it into the feet of Luke Berry, whose well weighted through pass found Jack Stacey, but Glenn Morris was quick to get off his line and block the defender's strike from 10 yards.

Collins had another half decent chance to score two minutes before half-time as he met Sheehan's cross from a nearside corner, but the ball deflected off the forward's shoulder and agonisingly wide of the top left corner.

The striker was then guilty of missing a great opportunity for the visitors nine minutes into the second half, when Hylton picked out his fellow striker out on the far side of the Crawley penalty area. The ex-Red Devils man got the ball out of his feet and struck it looking for the bottom left corner, but it drifted wide.

Five minutes later the hosts fashioned a good opportunity when they had men over with the Hatters struggling to get back, but Josh Yorwerth's strike from the edge of the box was brilliantly blocked by Berry.

A minute after the hour mark Roberts left footed effort from 25 yards was denied emphatically by Stech, who dived to his right getting a strong hand on the ball before diving on it.

Glen Rea had three chances in the space of four minutes to give Jones' side the lead, first seeing his effort blocked out for a corner before his powerful header was straight at Morris. He then had another effort cleared behind for a corner, he then met Sheehan's cross from the right well but his headed effort was again right into the path of the Crawley keeper.

With 13 minutes to go Crawley were denied an almost certain goal as Cedric Evina's cross evaded everyone in the middle of the Town box with two of the Red Devils' players waiting at the back stick, but Potts got a vital clearance in to ensure the game stayed goalless.

Substitute Elliot Lee curled an effort wide of the far post with nine minutes to go, before Dannie Bulman put Roberts through but he was expertly denied by Stech from eight yards.

E Lee then created the best chance of the game when Sheehan sent the ball forward from inside his own half. The forward let the ball bounce over his shoulder before he half-volleyed it across the face of goal 18 yards out – but it hit the bottom of the far post before going out of play.

The point sees the Hatters retain first place in the league, whilst fellow promotion chasers Notts County drew at Carlisle and Exeter City were defeated 2-0 at home by Port Vale.

Crawley: Morris, McNerney, Connolly, Boldewijn, Smith, Roberts, Yorwerth, Evina, Bulman, Lelan, Camara.

Subs: Doherty, Payne, Mersin, Djalo, Clifford, Tajbakhsh, Lewis.

Yellow: Lelan

Hatters: Stech, Stacey, Cuthbert, Sheehan, Potts, Rea, Berry, O Lee (Mpanzu 80), Cornick (Cook 90), Hylton (E Lee 73), Collins.

Subs: Justin, Mullins, Gambin, Shea.

Yellows: Berry, Stacey, Potts, Sheehan.

Attendance: 3,494
Away: 1,642

Referee: Trevor Kettle

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