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MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN V FLEETWOOD TOWN

7 December 2018

Nathan Jones' side will be hoping to make it 11 Sky Bet League One games unbeaten at Kenilworth Road tomorrow when they welcome Fleetwood Town.

Eight wins in their last ten outings in the third tier has seen the Town climb up to third – their home form comfortably the strongest at this level as well, picking up six more points than any other team (26).

Their run in November saw Jones nominated for Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month, whilst Elliot Lee scooped the player award. You can read more on that by clicking here.

The Cod Army have had mixed results throughout the season, but a 3-0 win against Coventry City in their last league outing highlights what they're able to do on their day.

Now managed by Joey Barton, Fleetwood find themselves in 12th spot in League One, with a points return of 27 from 20 games.

Supporters will be able to purchase a number of homemade products tomorrow including cottage pies and burritos, as well as 'Bad Santa' and 'Good Santa' burgers – definitely worth a try.

Contactless payment will be available around the ground, with some food and drink kiosks operating a card only till to speed up serving times – make sure you take advantage of these.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On facing Fleetwood: "It's a big game, obviously Joey has got them playing and it will be a tough, tough game, but we're looking forward to it. We've been in wonderful form for the last three months really, especially the last two, so we have got to make sure that continues. We're looking forward to the weekend."

On the Hatters faithful: "You never know how the game is going to go and we need our fans regardless of competition or the way the game is flowing. What we have got to do is make sure we're at it. We have patient fans here. I don't know how Fleetwood are going to setup or how they're going to be coming here. So we might have to be or we might not have to be patient, it might be a different type of game. we're going to need the fans because they're amazing here. We've given them good performances, so hopefully we can do that Saturday."

WHO?

It's difficult to talk about the Cod Army without mentioning their ridiculous climb up the leagues. A North West Counties League Division One side in 2004, they won six promotions in ten years to climb all the way up to League One, where they have resided since 2014.

The club has folded and begun again twice since it's inception in 1908, spending a majority of their existence in the lower reaches of Non-League, mainly the Lancashire Combination League.

Joey Barton was handed his first job as a manager by chairman Andrew Pilley in the summer, after finishing his playing career with Burnley in 2017. Much was made of his appointment, but after an opening day defeat to AFC Wimbledon, the Cod Army went on a seven-game unbeaten run in the league. That run came to an end in mid-September and since then Fleetwood have been particularly inconsistent, losing, drawing and winning in their last three games ahead of today's game.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm at Kenilworth Road on Saturday 8th December.

TICKET INFORMATION

Home sections are busy tomorrow, so we strongly advise contacting the Ticket Office at the earliest opportunity to ensure you have the best seat available for the game! Subject to availability, cash turnstiles will be available for the Main Stand the Oak Road.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Tomorrow's game will be refereed by Nick Kinseley, who last took charge of a Town game back in January, when he oversaw the Hatters 4-2 win over Lincoln City. That was a particularly eventful and entertaining afternoon at Kenilworth Road! Kinseley has dished out 33 yellow cards and two red cards in 12 games this campaign.

POWER COURT CAR PARKING

Take advantage of the fantastic car parking deal we have on for supporters, click here for more info!

AWAY SUPPORTERS

If you're a Fleetwood Town supporter heading to Kenilworth Road for tomorrow's game, click here to have a look at our away supporters' guide.

PLAYED BEFORE?

Tomorrow's game will dictate who has the bragging rights, having only played four times, the Hatters and Fleetwood have beaten each other twice.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The main blow-by-blow account of the action from Kenilworth Road 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.

If you're an international subscriber, make sure you purchase a match pass so you can watch the game live!

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REPORT & GALLERY | LUTON TOWN 2 FLEETWOOD TOWN 0

The Hatters move into the automatic promotion spots with sixth home win in a row

8 December 2018

The Hatters were able to move up into an automatic promotion spot in Sky Bet League One for the first time in 13 years with a 2-0 win over Fleetwood Town at Kenilworth Road this afternoon.

A sixth successive home league win, stretching their unbeaten run over 90 minutes at the Kenny to 19 games in all competitions, came courtesy of an early goal from Harry Cornick – his third in as many matches – and substitute Danny Hylton forcing Cod Army captain Craig Morgan into an own goal ten minutes from time.

It may not have provided the amount of goals that the home fans have experienced in recent weeks, but it was another result to celebrate as the Hatters continued their unbelievable form in a dogged encounter with a well-structured Fleetwood side on a stick pitch.

James Shea recorded his third clean sheet in a row for the club and made it seven in 10 matches. The keeper is enjoying a solid run in the team proving himself, and the back four, as one of the division’s best with just three goals conceded since the defeat at Barnsley on October 13th.

Jones chose to stick with the same starting XI for a sixth league and FA Cup match in a row, although Luke Berry began the match among the substitutes, a fantastic achievement considering the ex-Cambridge midfielder has been out of action since March.

He did make an appearance in stoppage time which was met by a chorus of ‘One Luke Berry’ – a sight the fans have been waiting to see for months and the standing ovation made it a perfect return for the number eight.

The opening exchanges between the two sides included a lot of possession for the Hatters, who patiently kept hold of the ball, without troubling the Fleetwood defence.

James Justin won the first corner of the afternoon that turned into a swift counter attack by the visitors, but Paddy Madden’s scuffed effort bobbled harmlessly past the post.

Only a minute later, Madden was involved again, lofting a smart pass through towards the on-running Ched Evans. Evans’ tussle with Sonny Bradley proved to be successful as he turned the Town centre-half, but shot straight into Shea’s palms.

It was the Hatters who broke the deadlock on the 11th minute though. The Fleetwood defence couldn’t deal with Andrew Shinnie’s low cross, as James Collins managed to scramble the ball away from goalkeeper, allowing it to fall to Cornick, who was able to tap in his sixth of the season.

Shinnie picked up the ball in the middle of the pitch two minutes later and played it to the League One Player of the Month, Elliot Lee. His quick flick over to Justin allowed the 20-year-old time to cut inside and put an effort just wide of Alex Cairns’ far post.

The Town seemed to take control of the half for the next few minutes, not letting Fleetwood play and pushing them back to their keeper on one or two occasions with little chance to regroup.

Some more lovely football from the home side followed, Cornick beating his man and finding Stacey, who forced a decent save from Cairns, stopping it with an out-stretched foot.

Matty Pearson also showcased a classic example of ‘no-nonsense defending’; a crunching challenge, winning the ball and taking Jason Holt out with one quick sweep of his leg. His efforts were greeted by a loud rendition of ‘Matty Pearson’s Magic.’

The visitors showed some attacking intent though, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu losing the ball in the 27th minute, sparking a creative counter attack from the team in yellow. The ball made its way out to Ross Wallace, whose delivery was headed away by Bradley only for it to fall to Ryan Taylor, who rattled the advertising board above the Oak Road stand.

Lee also had a few glimpses on the edge of the box, twisting and turning to create a few half chances for Justin and Shinnie, keeping the pressure on Fleetwood who just about dealt with it.

The visitors came back once more with more good work from Evans in the attacking third, managing to create space for the substitute Kyle Dempsey, who crossed it in for Dean Marney to head wide from 12 yards.

The goalscorer was effective again with some delightful foot work inside his own half, getting it to Lee. Cornick then raced half the length of the pitch into the opposing box, waiting for the eventual delivery that Shinnie sent in, but the forward couldn’t direct his header goalward in what was a brilliant move.

The second half began with another Fleetwood chance, Marney losing his man outside the box and thrashing a hard shot towards Shea. But again, it failed to truly test the shot-stopper as he comfortably dealt with the effort that flew straight into hands.

Nathan Sheron misjudged the bounce of the ball that fell kindly to Lee on the hour mark. Although the attack came to nothing, the Hatters showed signs of the occasional, free-flowing football the home fans have been treated to in recent weeks.

It became slightly bitty at times with both teams struggling to keep the ball for long periods of time. The Town spurned a few chances, as did Fleetwood, one of which started with a quick throw from Cairns, sending Ash Hunter on his way. His pace causing a rush of orange shirts back from the attacking half. Evans couldn’t quite do anything with the ball after receiving it though, fouling Pearson in the process.   

A Luton clearance had the ball stuck in the netting between the floodlight pylons on the 73rd minute. It was met by a sarcastic cheer which summed up the consistency of the second half to that point – until Hylton entered the field a little later.

The number nine was highly useful when he arrived on the field, adding a touch of class early on, lifting the ball over Ashley Eastham and centre-half partner Morgan’s head until his progress was stopped by a potential handball according to the Kenilworth Road faithful.

The second goal came just after, another skilful piece of work from Hylton who beat Taylor on the turn. The striker made his way to the byline, where his effort across the six-yard box flicked up generously off Morgan at the near post and into the net.

Glen Rea also headed down from a corner late on which was missed by Hylton from almost on the line. The fans were sure it was in, but the Cod Army just about dealt with it as the Hatters had to settle for two goals on this occasion – a feat they have achieved, or bettered, in 12 of their last 14 matches.

Bradley also had time to slice his header into Madden who shot well from outside the box. Shea had to be alert after a relatively quiet half to get down well to his right and prevent a nervous finish, when he kept out Madden’s shot late on.

But the win means the Hatters go into next weekend’s clash with Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena in second spot, with the next fixture back at the Kenny on December 22nd, when they will look to extend the unbeaten run to 20 as they entertain Burton.

 

 

TOWN: Shea, Justin, Pearson, Bradley, Stacey, Rea (C), Mpanzu, Shinnie (Berry 90’), Lee (Potts 88’), Cornick (Hylton 71), Collins. Sub: Stech, Grant, LuaLua, Sheehan

 

Yellows: Lee

 

Goals: Cornick 11’, OG Morgan 80’

 

FLEETWOOD: Cairns, Holt, Eastham, Evans, Madden, Taylor (McAleny 86’), Morgan (C), Wallace, Marney, Husband (Dempsey 12’) (Hunter 66’), Sheron. Sub: Jones, Bolger, Biggins, Baines

 

Yellows: Wallace, Marney, Dempsey

 

 

REFEREE: Nick Kinseley

 

ATT: 8528 (61 Away)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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