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MATCH PREVIEW | PETERBOROUGH UNITED V LUTON TOWN

17 August 2018

Town travel to the ABAX Stadium tomorrow as they go in search of their first win of the new campaign, when they take on Peterborough United.

A difficult opening three games has seen the Hatters pick up one point from their two opening Sky Bet League One games, whilst also being knocked out of the Carabao Cup.

All three of the teams they have faced so far have been former Premier League teams, in what has arguably been the toughest start possible for a team at this level.

Whilst they might not be a former Premier League side, Peterborough will still provide a stern test – fancied by many to at least make the play-offs, Steve Evans has recruited heavily as they look to better last season's finish of ninth.

Whilst former Hatter Jack Marriott moved on from Posh, his boots have so far been filled comfortably by ex-Stevenage forward Matt Godden. Midfielder Gwion Edwards was sold to Ipswich Town, but the acquisitions of Siriki Dembele and Alex Woodyard amongst others will no doubt be a big boost.

In Evans they have a manager with a very good pedigree of taking sides up, having guided Crawley Town out of Non-League and all-but secured their promotion to League One, whilst also guiding Rotherham to the Championship.

The Hatters may be without Danny Hylton for Saturday as he has a small thigh problem, which you can read more about by clicking here, but he's the only doubt for this weekend's game, with Luke Berry getting minutes at the end of the West Bromwich Albion match.

(Luke came on for the final seven minutes at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening - you can read a piece on the midfielder and watch his post match interview by clicking here)

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On the players' ambitions for the season: "The players set their own targets. I have ambitions of where I believe we can be, and I believe that we can challenge.

"I believe that we are strong enough to be competitive at this level. We recruited that way. It might take another year, I don't know. But we are equipped, we have a group of players that are talented, that are fit, energetic, that want to work hard, that are professional, that can handle a football.

"So providing the manager and the coaching staff provide them with a structure and a know-how to use those, then I feel we can be competitive. I'm not going to say 'Right, we want to be top two, or we want to be this or we want to be that'. We have to respect the level and the clubs that are here, but we believe we have what it takes to be competitive."

"We were the highest scorers in the English Football League last year, but we knew that we weren't going to be able to go and roll over Portsmouth and a side of Sunderland's calibre, and do the same to them, because it's a step up in level.

"Peterborough are a good side, but they'll be coming up against a good side in us, so I hope that we won't be another victim of their start, and we really want to get our own campaign underway."

YOU CAN NOW WATCH NATHAN JONES' PRE-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE ON IFOLLOW HATTERS BY CLICKING HERE

WHO?

After appointing Steve Evans as boss following the departure of Grant McCann in February, the Scotsman was unable to guide Posh into the play-offs, winning four of his 12 games in charge last season. Buoyed by the goals from Marriott and the creativity of Marcus Maddison – the former has since moved onto Derby, whilst the latter is on the transfer list – Evans has recruited quality and in quantity. In fact, not a single player who started the final game of last season was in the XI who started against Bristol Rovers on the opening day of this campaign.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm at The ABAX Stadium on Saturday 18th August.

TICKET INFORMATION

The Hatters received a further allocation of 800 seats in the Main North Stand for this ALL-TICKET fixture, which can be purchased until 2pm this afternoon.

Prices:

Adult: £26

Senior (60+): £21

Under-22: £17

Under-18: £10

Under-12: £7

Under-7: £1

Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters will pay the relevant price class to their age with a helper free of charge.

PUBS?

Charters – a barge that serves a variety of Real Ales on the River Nene – says on its website: 'The bar is the largest floating real ale emporium in Great Britain, with 8 cask ales on tap doing around 500 guest ales a year. The largest beer garden in Peterborough, its friendly staff, good atmosphere and is suitable for clientele of all ages.' The Palmerston Arms is also nearby, just a 15-minute walk from the ground.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Tomorrow afternoon's fixture will be refereed by Graham Salisbury, who has taken charge of two games this season. He has handed out eight yellow cards in those games, the most recent of which was Tuesday's Carabao Cup tie between Shrewsbury Town and Burton Albion – the Brewers coming out on top in a 2-1 win.

 

PLAYED BEFORE?

The Hatters welcomed Peterborough United to Kenilworth Road back in January in the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy, with Posh knocking us out on penalties, winning 7-6, after a goalless 90 minutes.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The main blow-by-blow account of the action from The ABAX 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 EFL Digital team assure us they are working on a fix to get club updates onto the app)

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.

Overseas subscribers can watch the game live by purchasing a match pass!

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REPORT & GALLERY | PETERBOROUGH 3 LUTON TOWN 1

Hylton on target for the first time in League One but Posh's first-half blitz does for Hatters

18 August 2018

The Hatters remain without a win three games into the Sky Bet League One season after going down 3-1 at table-topping Peterborough this afternoon.

Danny Hylton grabbed his first goal in English football’s third tier with 12 minutes to go, but the damage had already been done in a first half in which the hosts went 3-0 up with a brace from Jason Cummings sandwiching one from Siriki Dembele.

Manager Nathan Jones made one change to the team that drew with Sunderland last Saturday, with Sonny Bradley, the centre-half signed from Plymouth Argyle in the summer, impressing enough on his first competitive start for the club in the midweek Carabao Cup defeat at West Brom to earn a place in the starting line-up at the Abax Stadium.

Jones switched to a back three of Matty Pearson, Alan Sheehan and Bradley, and they started brightly enough, Potts heading an Alan Sheehan corner onto the roof of the net after the captain’s initial free-kick had been deflected behind by a Posh wall that was never ten yards away.

The hosts had looked lively too, however, and they had the lead in the 18th minute, Cummings winning and converting from 12 yards, although there was confusion over whether the penalty had been awarded by referee Graham Salisbury for a foul by Sheehan or Marek Stech, who came out with his feet, not to mention a possible foul on James Collins in the build-up.

Within a minute Posh had doubled their advantage. The Hatters gave the ball away inside the opposition half, Dembele ran at the Town defence down the left and the winger kept his feet, riding a challenge from Alan McCormack, to fire emphatically into the roof of the net from eight yards.

Hylton tried to drag the Town back into it with an attempted chip from 40 yards, the ball landing on the roof of net, before Jones made a tactical switch with just under half an hour gone – Glen Rea coming on for McCormack and a reversion to the diamond formation with Pearson at right-back and Jack Stacey moved into midfield.

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu went on a couple of surging runs through the middle in an attempt to get his side going, and it was from a third that he fed Elliot Lee, whose attempted 35th-minute curler from 20 yards was deflected wide.

From the resulting corner, Bradley’s firm header was blocked in the six-yard box and Peterborough broke straight down the left, Dembele bursting clear of Stacey and crossing for Cummings, whose shot from ten yards found its way past Stech.

The Hatters thought they’d found a way back in three minutes later, in the 39th minute, when Lee lured Daniel into a lunge on the right edge of the box. Ref Salisbury pointed to the spot, but then consulted with his linesman who ruled that the Posh defender had got a foot on the ball, and indicated a corner.

It was a controversial call, especially given the decision at the other end, where Stech was called into action again by Dembele before half-time, with the Hatters having shots from Rea and Stacey on target, but straight at Chapman.

Jones made his second change at the break, withdrawing Pearson for Andrew Shinnie, with Stacey moving back to his usual right-back.

Within 15 seconds of the restart, Godden had Stech at full stretch, but the Hatters looked mouch more comfortable and started to dominate possession.

On 55 minutes Ryan Tafazolli become the first Peterborough player to be cautioned, for a foul on Hylton on the right edge of the box, Lee firing over from distance after Sheehan’s initial free-kick was cleared.

Then a flurry of chances came the Town’s way, all falling to Rea. On the hour, after O’Hara had been booked for a foul on the Hatters sub, Lee’s free-kick deflected into his path but the ex-Brighton man’s left-footed effort was flew high over the bar.

On 69 minutes he headed Sheehan’s free-kick wide, before another shot flew off target a minute later.

Lee followed suit with two chances in quick succession – the first a shot well off target, then a header from a right-wing Mpanzu cross that was straight at Chapman.

Jorge Grant came on for Collins and the Hatters soon the goal their second-half performance deserved, in the 78th minute, when Shinnie’s deep cross from the left found Stacey completely unmarked at the far post to steer a volley towards goal, with Hylton turning it in from close range.

Another chance was quick in coming for the top scorer of the last two seasons, Lee jinking past his man on the edge of the box and rolling the ball to his left to Hylton, whose left-footed shot was dragged across the face of goal.

Sheehan needed treatment for an excellent 88th-minute block on Toney, who then sent a header goalward from a corner, Stech saving after a lengthy spell as a spectator.

Ninety minutes were on the clock when Town went close again when Bradley smashed a left-footed volley at goal, finding himself unmarked and with time to chest the ball down at the far post, but Tafazolli threw himself in front of the effort and somehow managed to deflect it over the bar.

 

TOWN: Stech, Stacey, Pearson, Sheehan ©, Bradley, Potts, McCormack (Rea 29), Mpanzu, Lee, Hylton, Collins (Grant 73). Subs: Justin, Cornick, Jervis, Shea (GK)

Goal: Hylton 78

Yellows: Potts

 

POSH: Chapman, Naismith, Daniel, Woodyard ©, Tafazolli, O’Hara (Reed 77), Godden (Toney 74), Dembele (Cooper 83), Ward, Bennett, Cummings. Subs: Tyler (GK), Cooke, Yorwerth, Maddison.

Goals: Cummings 18 (pen), 36, Dembele 19

Yellows: Tafazolli, O’Hara

 

REFEREE: Graham Salisbury

ATT 8,016 (2,209 Hatters)

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Ticket News

PETERBOROUGH TICKET UPDATE | 800 MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE!

Posh make more tickets available for Hatters on Saturday in the Main North Stand

15 August 2018

Due to a change in the number of seats available to now sell in the Motorpoint Stand at Peterborough on Saturday, the ticket office wish to advise that we have reached capacity in this area.

However, we now have up to a further 800 seats available in the Main North Stand.

Tickets for this area are available online, or via phone or in person from the Ticket Office.

Tickets ordered today can be posted. Any tickets ordered after this will need to be collected from Luton Town ticket office or arrangements made to collect at Peterborough on the day.

Click here for prices for Saturday's game

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