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MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN V COVENTRY CITY

22 February 2019

The Hatters welcome Coventry City on Sunday as Mick Harford's side look to go 17 Sky Bet League One games unbeaten at Kenilworth Road.

A reminder to supporters that the game will kick-off at 12pm, and will not be available to watch live on iFollow Hatters, due to it being live on Sky Sports. Simon Pitts' full match commentary will be available as usual though.

Town's last outing in front of a home crowd saw Harford's team make it 20 league games in total since they last tasted defeat at Kenilworth Road, as Wycombe were beaten 3-0 thanks to goals from James Collins and George Moncur.

Victory for the Town would help them further cement their spot at the top of the division, whilst Coventry will look to boost their play-off hopes as they push for a spot in the play-off places.

MICK HARFORD SAYS:

On Mark Robins' Coventry side: "I know Mark very well. He will set his team up in the way they want to set it up. It looks to me like they've found a shape they quite enjoy playing, whether they stick to that we don't know.

"We have made our players aware of what we think they will come as. They're a very, very competitive team, they're hard working. Mark gets them working. They've got a front four that are dangerous, they play with a ten just in behind the striker – they're a real dangerous outfit.

"They've got a few good midfield players, Bayliss is going to be a good player, playing alongside Kelly, who dictates play and looks to get on the ball. So it's going to be a tough game for us, a tough game."

On the players he has available: "More or less everyone is fit, it's a massive bonus for us for the run in to have everyone fit and everyone fighting for places. You look at the bench, the bench is strong, the squad is strong. Hopefully everyone stays fit, everyone keeps competing and we have real competition for places until the end of the season. We pick a team, we pick a squad and we pick a bench for certain games. Some people might miss out and we've had a meeting about that in terms of who might not be involved, but at the end of the day, there's a massive goal for everyone, there's a massive prize if we come out at the right end and 100 per cent everyone in the squad will play their part in whatever happens. That's the way we will take it forward."

WHO?

After a patchy start, Coventry began to find their stride in the third tier, going on a five-game winning run in October. Mark Robins picked up the Manager of the Month award for his team's performances, but the award's curse struck and the Sky Blues didn't win another game until Boxing Day. Their form has recovered though, and they've won five out of their last ten.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 12pm at Kenilworth Road on Sunday 24th February.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

This Sunday's game will be refereed by Ross Joyce. He has overseen 33 games this season, dishing out 119 yellow cards and three red cards.

TICKET INFORMATION

Only seats with a restricted view are now available to buy in home sections, so please contact the Ticket Office at the earliest opportunity to secure your seat!

POWER COURT CAR PARKING

Parking at Power Court on Sunday will be available as if it were a Saturday home game – as long as the permit is presented in your dashboard! Click here for more details on how to get a permit.

AWAY SUPPORTERS

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

PLAYED BEFORE?

The visitors will no doubt be hoping to mimic their result from their last outing here, when they took all three points in a 3-0 win, with the motivation no doubt even greater having been defeated on their own turf earlier on this season by the Hatters, when Matty Pearson and James Collins grabbed the goals in a 2-1 win.

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 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.

The game will not be available for international subscribers, due to the fact it will be live on Sky Sports.

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Match Reports

REPORT & GALLERY | LUTON TOWN 1 COVENTRY CITY 1

Club record unbeaten run extended to 21 matches at Kenilworth Road

24 February 2019

The Hatters restored their five-point advantage at the top of Sky Bet League One after a 1-1 draw against Coventry City in front of the Sky cameras this afternoon.

The stalemate means the Town add this result to their record-breaking unbeaten list for this season, which now stands at 21 matches since a 3-2 defeat at Barnsley in mid-October.

The draw also means the Hatters stay unbeaten at Kenilworth Road in the league this season, a run that has now been extended to 17 matches - and 21 since Accrington were the last side to take all three points in a league game here almost a year ago.

Matty Pearson headed in his sixth of the campaign but his opener was soon cancelled out by Jordan Shipley, when he calmly placed his strike past James Shea. The Hatters dominated play for large parts of the match but struggled to find the winner in the end. 

Manager Mick Harford named an unchanged team to that which won at Fleetwood last week to break the club record unbeaten run in the EFL.

That meant James Shea was in goal behind a back four of Jack Stacey, Pearson, captain Sonny Bradley and James Justin.

Alan McCormack anchored the midfield with Andrew Shinnie, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu and George Moncur behind a front two of Danny Hylton and top scorer James Collins.

It was the Hatters who had the first chance of the match, Coventry-born Collins hitting his effort well over the bar after some neat work between Hylton and Stacey down the right.

Moncur then released Shinnie who had a go from 20 yards, although it ended up over the bar too. The Scot’s next attempt went just wide of the post as the Hatters began the match the stronger of the two sides.

A Coventry free-kick from a dangerous position on 12 minutes quickly led to a promising counter attack for the Town when Stacey won it outside his own penalty area. A string of quick passes between the midfielders found its way to Shinnie on the right, whose low cross had City keeper Lee Burge sprawling in his six-yard box to make it his.

The goal the Hatters deserved eventually came a little bit later from their first corner of the match, Justin putting a pinpoint cross into the box to find Pearson’s head. The centre-half was never going to miss, racing away to celebrate his sixth of the season.

A small mix-up between McCormack and Shea nearly handed the visitors their first chance of the afternoon, Amadou Bakayoko going down in the area after Shea failed to clear the danger. A large amount of protest from the Sky Blues wasn’t enough to sway the ref’s decision, awarding a goal-kick to the Hatters.

Coventry played their way into the contest though, disrupting the Hatters’ flow. Bakayoko had looked lively until he was forced off the pitch due to injury. The substitute Shipley proved to be an important change for the visitors though, popping up with the equaliser on 34 minutes.

Jordy Hiwula made a nice turn around Pearson and found Shipley in acres of space, and the sub coolly slotted in from close range. The Hatters then found themselves in the unfamiliar position of holding on until half-time, as Coventry closed in on the league leaders

Luke Thomas found time and space on the edge of the box after a driving run forward but couldn’t keep his curling shot below the crossbar. The Sky Blues ended the half better than the Town, who looked frustrated after not building on a positive start.

The Hatters looked fired up after the break and began the second 45 well, Justin finding Bradley this time from a corner. The defender’s powerful header was just about scraped off the line just five minutes in.

Town then began to play some better stuff, McCormack supplying the forwards with opportunities to attack the Coventry penalty area.

A well-worked corner routine then made its way to Shinnie. A small touch out of his feet meant the midfielder could drive a low effort through a crowd of bodies, a small deflection the only thing keeping the score level.

The Sky Blues continued to slow the game down but still the persistent Hatters battled to break them down. The Town also had their own penalty appeals waved away when Hylton felt he was tripped by Dujon Sterling.

Mpanzu spurned a chance wide when Justin fed a wonderfully-weighted pass through, and substitute LuaLua prodded over as the game entered its final ten minutes.

Sterling proved the visitors were still lurking when he lofted a fine ball into the middle where Dominic Hyam was waiting to head wide, before LuaLua’s low effort comfortably found its way into the gloves of Burge as still the ball wouldn’t find the back of the net at the other end.

Justin put another good cross into the area where Lee tried to flick his header in, but Burge watched it over the whole way. Collins then pulled a top save out of the Coventry number one in stoppage time to deny the Hatters who forged ample chances to snatch all three points.

With one of the last passages of play, perhaps the best chance of the game fell to McCormack as Elliot Lee's free-kick from the edge of the box was deflected into the midfielder's path.

McCormack, already falling backwards, hit his shot straight back into the arms of Burge when a prod either side of the keeper would surely have won the game.

By then, it became clear that the Hatters would have to share the points after throwing everything at the away side to try and break them down.

The side have now accumulated 53 points from a possible 63, scoring 48 in the process. With another home match next Saturday against Rochdale to look forward to, the Town can now prepare and hope to be back to winning ways at the Kenny in a week’s time.

 

TOWN: Shea, Stacey, Pearson, Bradley (c), Justin, McCormack, Shinnie, Mpanzu, Moncur (Lee 65), Hylton (LuaLua 77), Collins. Subs: Potts, Cummings, Thorne, Sheehan, Isted

Goals: Pearson 16

Yellows: Mpanzu, LuaLua

CITY: Burge, Mason, Willis, Kelly (c), Hiwula, Hyam, Sterling, Bayliss, Bakayoko (Shipley 29), Thomas (Meyler 77), Enobakhare (Wakefield 84). Subs: Grimmer, Davies, Bremang, Addai (GK)

Goals: Shipley 35

Yellows: Bayliss, Thomas, Kelly

REFEREE: Ross Joyce

ATT: 9,810 (819 away)

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