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MATCH PREVIEW | BURY V LUTON TOWN

1 December 2018

The Hatters head to Bury on Sunday for their Emirates FA Cup second round match, with the prospect of a game against a Premier League side awaiting the winner.

Town reached this stage of the competition after defeating Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 in the first round, with Andrew Shinnie and James Collins grabbing the goals for the Town.

Bury were in tremendous form in their first-round tie, as they defeated Dover Athletic 5-0 at Gigg Lane.

The Shakers head into this game having suffered only one defeat since the beginning of October, drawing five and winning four, as they sit in fifth in Sky Bet League Two.

The Town have also only been defeated once in that time frame, but have won eight and drawn once in their league games.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On Bury: "First and foremost we have got a really tough tie, because they're a very good side. They're in really good form. I would have preferred to draw someone from League Two to League One, not because I think it's an easier tie, it's just something different, otherwise it would have been like preparing for another league game. saying that, it is a very difficult tie away from home at a side that is in fantastic form, so we have got to prepare in the right way.

"They have got a real good structure about them, they're a really good footballing side as you would expect because the players they have there I don't think you could really play any other way. They have got a wonderful squad there to be fair, especially for the level, for the level above they have got a strong squad. So it will be a good footballing game, a real tough game for both teams and one that we are looking forward to."

On the side he will select: "We plan, we look ahead at the month, we've got a lot of games, so we have got to make sure that everyone is ready, everyone can play and get game time, but also that we are competitive in every game so that we try and win it. We wont be taking this tie lightly in anyway – if we made any kind of changes it would be for the right reasons only.

"But they're in good form at the minute, plus we have got a game on Wednesday which means that if I was just looking to give people game time, then I have the perfect opportunity on the Wednesday, so we will prepare as if it's a league game and then we will go from there."

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

WHO?

A side who came into existence the same year as the Hatters, Bury have won the FA Cup on two occasions, in 1900 and 1903. The former ended in a 4-0 victory against Southampton, whilst the latter was a 6-0 drubbing of Derby County.

Now plying their trade in Sky Bet League Two, the Shakers are managed by well travelled former striker Ryan Lowe. His former sides include Shrewsbury Town, Crewe Alexandra and Tranmere Rovers. Unable to save them from relegation following his appointment in January, Lowe will be looking to take Bury back up to League One at the first time of asking.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 2pm at Gigg Lane on Sunday 2nd December.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the game will be available on the day at Gigg Lane.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Thomas Brammall will be taking charge of Sunday's game, having overseen 21 matches this campaign. He has handed out 39 yellow cards and two red cards.

PLAYED BEFORE?

The Hatters last played Bury back in March 2014, which finished in a 1-0 victory for the Shakers at Gigg Lane. Our last FA Cup outing against Bury was in the same season and in the same round of the competition – a replay having to settle the tie, with Luke Rooney grabbing the winner. Of our 43 meetings, we have been defeated 14 times, drawn 10 and been victorious on 19 occasions.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The main blow-by-blow account of the action from Spotland 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.

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MATCH REPORT & GALLERY | BURY 0 LUTON TOWN 1

2 December 2018

The Hatters reached the third round of the Emirates FA Cup with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Sky Bet League Two outfit Bury at Gigg Lane this afternoon.

Harry Cornick grabbed the all-important goal just before half-time as he converted from James Collins' low cross, with Bury unable to find a reply in the second 45 minutes.

The Shakers from the first minute were slick in possession and created their first decent opportunity just 30 seconds in as Maynard drove an effort narrowly over Shea's bar as he managed to dart in from the left.

Glen Rea had a great opportunity to open the scoring seven minutes in as he got across his marker well and headed narrowly wide from James Justin's out-swinging corner, sending it wide to the left of Joe Murphy's goal.

Five minutes later the hosts saw James Shea deny them the lead when Byron Moore pulled the ball back from the by-line on the right, Maynard was there to side foot it low from close range, but Shea got down quickly to palm it away, before Bradley cleared.

Ryan Lowe's side continued to look dangerous and were desperately unlucky as Neil Danns was guilty of missing a gilt-edged opportunity. He was found by Chris Stokes on the edge of the box, he turned Bradley, leaving the defender on the ground, the Bury supporters were ready to celebrate as the former Bolton Wanderers man had the goal at his mercy, but he sent it wide to the left of Shea's goal from ten yards.

Town grew into the game after the half hour mark and Rea's lovely ping from the middle of the park found Stacey out on the right, he bolted past Stokes and got a shot away from a tight angle 15 yards out, but Murphy was able to palm it down and gather.

The deadlock was broken with three minutes of the first half to go when Lee played a delightful ball down the left for Collins, he found Cornick at the back stick and the ex-Bournemouth man made no mistake from five yards – poking in for his fifth goal of the season.

He should have doubled the lead and his tally for the afternoon in the first minute of injury time as the Hatters countered from a Bury corner, he played a one-two with Justin as they sprinted forward, but he shanked his effort from 15 yards well over.

The second half lacked the same flow as the first as Bury's energy waned slightly and the Town showed their League One quality.

Telford somehow spurned a great chance for Bury 73 minutes in as Maynard crossed in from the right, the substitute turned well, but got his boot well under the ball and hoofed it into the stand behind the Town's goal.

Collins missed an equally good chance just a minute later as Lee picked out Stacey on the right, he got in behind the Bury backline before crossing it low, Collins timed his run perfectly and did well to get a first-time effort away from all of seven yards but Murphy threw himself across to get his body in the way of the strike as the chance went begging.

The hosts poured forward late on in desperate search of an equaliser, but Nathan Jones' side were able to weather the storm.

The Town will be ball number 46 in the third-round draw tomorrow evening.

Bury: Murphy, Stokes (Miller 83), Thompson, O'Connell, Adams, Mayor, Moore (Telford 58), McFadzean, O'Shea, Danns © (Lavery 74), Maynard.

Subs not used: Moloney, Aimson, Dawson, Dagnall.

Town: Shea, Stacey, Pearson, Bradley, Justin, Rea ©, Mpanzu, Shinnie, Lee (Potts 83), Collins, Cornick (Hylton 87).

Subs not used: Stech, LuaLua, Jarvis, Jones, Sheehan.

Goal: Cornick 42

Yellows: Shinnie, Rea, Mpanzu, Bradley

Attendance: 2,977

Away: 549

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