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MATCH PREVIEW | BURTON ALBION V LUTON TOWN

26 April 2019

The Hatters head to Burton Albion tomorrow in Sky Bet League One knowing a win could potentially seal their promotion to the Championship.

With the away sections completely sold out at the Pirelli Stadium, a live beamback of the match will be available to watch at Kenilworth Road. You can find out more information on how to purchase your ticket for the beamback by clicking here.

In order for the Town to win promotion, they would face the tough task of defeating Nigel Clough's side, as well as relying on Sunderland to defeat or draw with Portsmouth at the Stadium of Light. Town could be promoted even if they draw – Barnsley would need to be defeated by Blackpool and Portsmouth would need to beat Sunderland.

There is the potential for the league title to be won as well by the Town – they would need to win, Sunderland would have to beat Portsmouth, as well as Barnsley either drawing or being defeated by Blackpool at Oakwell.

Mick Harford's team have a real challenge on their hands at the Pirelli Stadium though, with the Brewers being one of the more entertaining sides in the third tier with their attractive style of play.

Whilst their place in League One is confirmed for next season, Burton until their last two games had been in red hot form, winning four of five by comfortable margins, including a 5-2 victory over Accrington and netting three against Blackpool, Barnsley and Scunthorpe. Defeats against Portsmouth and Southend United in their most recent outings reflects in the long injury list Clough now has, with his top scorer Liam Boyce hobbling off in their loss to the Shrimpers.

MICK HARFORD SAYS:

On facing Burton: "They are a good team Burton – I saw them play against Portsmouth. They were unlucky to lose the way they played. They played a certain type of football, the way Nigel wants to play and they're a good footballing team, it will be a tough ask for us. You want a team that's got something to play for, but knowing Nigel as I do, I've known him down the years, I've played against him and he'll be desperate to beat a team that's top of the league, a team of good professionals and I'm sure we'll put a strong team out."

On Dan Potts' injury: "Pottsy is back on the grass again which is great news for us, we don't know whether he will be available yet, we'll just see how he reacts to the last couple of days whilst he has been training."

On the Hatters' fantastic support: "Town supporters are up there with the best fans in the country, especially with what the club has been through in the past few years and they support the club to the hilt. All I can do is send a message to them, that their support is appreciated and the players will 100 per cent, definitely be up for the next few games to try and get ourselves over the line."

WHO?

Currently sat tenth in League One, Burton are back in the third tier after a two season stint in the Championship. Safe from relegation now, but mathematically unable to reach the play-offs, the 2018/19 campaign has been one of consolidation for Nigel Clough's side. Their highest ever achieved league position is 20th in the Championship, which they reached in 2016/17.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday 27th April.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Peter Wright will be taking charge of the game on Saturday afternoon. He has given out 103 yellow cards and seven red cards across 35 games.

TICKET INFORMATION?

The ticket allocation for this game has sold out. Please do not travel unless you have purchased a ticket in advance. A beamback of the game will be available at Kenilworth Road. Click here for more details.

PLAYED BEFORE?

The Hatters played Burton earlier on this season at Kenilworth Road; the result ending in a 2-0 win for the home side, with Jack Stacey grabbing the opener early on and a well-placed penalty from James Collins in the second half sealing the three points. The Town previously met the Brewers in League Two in the 2014/15 season and lost both games 1-0.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The main blow-by-blow account of the action from The Pirelli Stadium will be provided via the Match Centre on the club website, which you can access by clicking here. (*Please note that the club's Live Text will appear only by accessing through an internet browser, users of the Luton Town FC app will receive updates from Opta)

The main moments from the game will appear on the Hatters' social media feeds:

Twitter – @LutonTown
Facebook – www.facebook.com/LutonTown/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/ltfc_official/

And of course Simon Pitts will be on hand to provide commentary for iFollow Hatters which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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Match Reports

REPORT & GALLERY | BURTON ALBION 2 LUTON TOWN 1

Brewers hit back from a goal down to take all three points

27 April 2019

The Hatters go into the final week of the season top of Sky Bet League One on goal difference from Barnsley after Burton Albion came from behind to win 2-1 at the Pi

James Collins had fired the Town ahead in the first half with his 25th goal of the season, but the Brewers hit back with a second-half double from joint top scorer Lucas Akins giving them all three points.

That sets up a final week of the season in which the Town could still be promoted without playing on Tuesday night, should Portsmouth and Sunderland's results from their games in hand against Peterborough and Fleetwood go in our favour, before a huge clash with Oxford at Kenilworth Road next Saturday.

Harford made just one change to his starting line-up, with James Shea returning in goal after missing the last two games through illness, and Marek Stech dropping to the bench.

The only other alteration to the teamsheet on the bench was with the return of Alan McCormack after six weeks out injured, the veteran midfielder replacing youth team defender Corey Panter.

With the wind wreaking havoc with any attempt to play the ball in the air, the Hatters soon settled into their usual rhythm and it was the trusty combination down the right – Shinnie to Stacey – that created the first opening in the tenth minute, but Berry’s far post header went wide.

The hosts were playing some good stuff too though, and it was Albion who came closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening quarter when Marcus Harness spun on the edge of the Town box and fired in a shot that Shea tipped onto the crossbar.

The opening goal came on the half-hour, and inevitably it was that man Collins, who was in the right place at the right time to profit after Lee had wriggled his way past John Brayford on the left of the Albion area, only to see his shot saved by Stephen Bywater.

After seeing the ball hit the back of the net for the 25th time this season, former Brewers loanee Collins raced to the Town bench to celebrate, before taking the acclaim of the 1,700-plus travelling Hatters at the other end of the ground.

The Hatters survived a huge penalty shout three minutes later when Scott Fraser went down, referee Peter Wright waving play on, before Shea had to dive to his right to keep out a Kyle McFadzean drive.

The Town keeper was alert to another Harness effort from distance three minutes before half-time, but Mpanzu relieved the pressure that was mounting by nicking the ball and bursting from the edge of the Town penalty area, getting the it back via LuaLua in the Albion area, and curling a 20-yarder over the bar.

With the wind at their backs, the Town started the second half well in the ascendancy and Bywater was almost caught out as Justin drilled a right-wing corner in to his near post, but thr Burton keeper fisted the ball

A series of corners followed, and from the third, Pearson had the ball in the back of the net with a far post volley, but referee Wright ruled it out for a foul in the six-yard box.

The hosts started to apply pressure at the other end, and they were level just after the hour when Lucas Akins turned the ball in from close range after Brayford headed Stephen Quinn's left-wing free-kick back across goal.

The Brewers were on top by this point, and midfielder Jamie Allen fired high and wide from 25 yards as the Town struggled to gain a grip on the game, before Harness had the freedom of the area but steered his shot wide of the upright.

Burton were ahead in the 73rd minute when Akins grabbed his second of the game, getting on the end of another ball flashed across the six-yard box by Brayford.

Harford, having already introduced George Moncur for the injured LuaLua, made a double substitution with just over ten minutes to go, bringing on forwards Harry Cornick and Jason Cummings for Lee and Berry.

Cummings was soon on the floor in the box after going down under a challenge from Kieran Wallace as he looked to get on the end of a cross from Mpanzu, but ref Wright was unmoved.

 

TOWN: Shea, Stacey, Pearson, Bradley ©, Justin, Mpanzu, Berry (Cummings 79), Shinnie, Lee (Cornick 78), Collins, LuaLua (Moncur 72). Subs: McCormack, Baptiste, Connolly, Stech.

Goals: Collins 30

ALBION: Bywater, Brayford ©, Allen, McFadzean, Fraser (Hutchinson 84), Akins, Fox (McCrory 88), Harness, Wallace, Quinn, Daniel. Subs: Hawkins, Bradley, Miller, Hutchinson, Campbell, Clarke.

Goals: Akins 62, 73

REFEREE: Peter Wright

ATT: 4,903 (1,721 Hatters)

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