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MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN v PETERBOROUGH UTD

18 January 2019

The Hatters entertain sixth-placed Peterborough United in another huge game at the top of Sky Bet League One tomorrow at a sold out Kenilworth Road.

Still under the interim charge of chief recruitment officer Mick Harford, the Town are unbeaten in 14 league games following last Saturday's resolute and impressive performance in the 1-1 draw at third-placed Sunderland.

They will look to bounce back from suffering a first defeat in 18 league and FA Cup games when they were unlucky to be beaten 1-0 by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the third round replay at Kenilworth Road.

New signing George Moncur, who joined from Barnsley today for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half year deal, is included in the squad to take on Steve Evans' Posh, who moved back into the play-off positions last week with a home win over Rochdale.

They are currently six points adrift of the Hatters having played the same number of games, but do hold the upper hand over the Town having won 3-1 at the Abax Stadium in August. Peterborough will include recent loan signing from Cardiff City Lee Tomlin, who has returned to the Cambridgeshire side for a second spell.

Tomlin is one of four additions so far this transfer window, with defender Ben White arriving from Brighton, Northern Ireland international Daniel Lafferty from Sheffield United and Fleetwood midfielder Kyle Dempsey - all three on loan until the end of the season.

 

MICK HARFORD SAYS:

On the players wanting to make up for the 3-1 defeat at Peterborough: "Absolutely, in terms of wanting to make amends for it. You don't like getting beat and I think the performance and what happened actually started to shape our season, in terms of the way Nathan picked his team."

On Posh's away form: "They've got a brilliant away record - they are better away than they are at home, so they are a massive threat. I've watched Peterborough regularly this season so I know what they are all about in terms of shape, what they do and how they want to play. But it just looks like to me that over the last game, against Rochdale, they've brought in a couple of players and they've changed the way they are looking to play in terms of possesion-based football, and they've got a result, so they are a dangerous outfit. They've got good strikers, they've got pace, they've got talented players in Dembele and Maddison and they've signed Tomlin, who is in my opinion, above the level they are playing at. So they are a massive threat."

On Steve Evans: "Steve is very animated on the touchline along with his assistant Paul Raynor. They are very lively and very bright. It's a tactic they use, they try and get into the officials. But that's part of the game, we understand that. They are good lads. They do a good job wherever they go. Steve Evans is a very successful manager. You look at his record in terms of the clubs he's been at and the games he's won percentage, and he gets results, so fair play to him. It'll be a tough game."

YOU CAN WATCH MICK'S PRE-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE ON IFOLLOW FREEVIEW BY CLICKING HERE.

WHO?

A side who climbed up from League Two to the Championship in the late Noughties, Posh are looking to make the step back up to the second tier this campaign, with this season marking their sixth consecutive year in League One. Their current top scorer is 17-goal Ivan Toney, who won the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month award for December, having netted five times in the league and 10 in all competitions in the final four weeks of 2018.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm at Kenilworth Road on Saturday 19th January.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Tomorrow's match will be refereed by Antony Coggins, who has shown 92 yellows and three red cards in his 25 games this season - including two Hatters matches. Coggins took control of the 2-2 home draw with Charlton and the 4-0 victory over Bradford at the end of November. He also reffed our Checkatrade Trophy tie with Posh at Kenilworth Road last season.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tomorrow's game is a sell-out – so no tickets will be available on the day!

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 Peterborough supporter heading to Kenilworth Road for tomorrow's game, click here to have a look at our away supporters' guide. 

PLAYED BEFORE?

We’ve already played Peterborough twice this season, with Evans' side running out 3-1 winners in the league game at the ABAX Stadium in August when two goals from Jason Cummings and a Siriki Dembele strike in a devastating first-half spell killed the Hatters off. They followed that up with a 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy group stage victory in November, by which time the Town had already qualified for the second round. Of our 28 meetings with Posh, Town have won nine, 12 and lost seven.

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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Match Reports

REPORT | LUTON TOWN 4 PETERBOROUGH UTD 0

Collins bags a hat-trick and Berry the other for four-midable Hatters

19 January 2019

The Hatters hit promotion rivals Peterborough with a four-midable performance at a sold-out Kenilworth Road this afternoon to keep up the pressure on Portsmouth at the top of the Sky Bet One League table.

James Collins netted his second hat-trick of the season, with Luke Berry netting his first goal since his return from injury to help see off a Posh side that played with ten men for three-quarters of the game following Ryan Tafazolli's 25th- minute sending off.

But that point the Town were already a goal to the good, with Collins netting his 12th of the season. Number 13 followed two minutes after the straight red, for a foul on Andrew Shinnie, before 14 arrived on 53 minutes. 

Berry rounded off a superb first full game for himself with the fourth as interim manager Mick Harford - who signalled to the crowd at the end that it was the players who should take their applause for a stunning performance - oversaw a 15th successive league game without defeat.

Harford made one change to his side following the midweek FA Cup exit, when the Town had followed up the 1-1 draw at Sunderland in his first game back at the helm with another impressive showing, without reward, in the 1-0 defeat to Championship club Sheffield Wednesday.

Returning to the starting line-up after being rested on Tuesday was Alan McCormack, with Elliot Lee missing out with a hamstring injury.

New signing from Barnsley, George Moncur, started on the bench, along with fellow January signing on loan from Derby, George Thorne.

So the Hatters lined up with James Shea in goal, behind a back four of Jack Stacey, Matty Pearson, captain Sonny Bradley and James Justin. McCormack, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Berry and Andrew Shinnie, with Collins and Kazenga LuaLua up front.

The Town madepositive  a start and had their noses in front by the eighth minute when Shinnie was given the freedom of the midfield to play Stacey to the right byline, and Collins was there inside the six-yard box to turn it over the line.

Cardiff City loanee Lee Tomlin fired wide on 17 minutes after Stacey gave the ball away to Kyle Dempsey, then Shea had to get down low to keep out a Marcus Maddison shot from outside the box, before the ex-Gateshead man hit a free-kick over the bar.

The visitors were reduced to ten men in the 25th minute when centre-half Ryan Tafazolli was shown a straight red by referee David Coote for a dangerous looking challenge on Shinnie.

Within two minutes the Hatter had doubled their advantage and it was the same trio of players involved, Shinnie playing Stacey inside Dembele on the Town right, with the full-back cutting back a lovely cross for Collins to turn in with a brilliant finish at the near post.

Berry was next to have a go, forcing Posh keepeer Aaron Chapman into a full-length save from 25 yards, before the high press from Shinnie and LuaLua won the ball for Mpanzu to fire at goal, but he dragged his shot well wide.

Collins was presented with a glorious chance for his hat-trick in the 36th minute when Shinnie played Justin in on the left, and the full-back's first-time cross was cleared only as far as the Town's top scorer, who couldn't direct his left-foot volley on target.

LuaLua extended Chapman on 39 minutes, but the Posh keeper was equal to his low shot, then McCormack shot wide at the end of a move he'd started by winning the ball and creating space with a brilliant Maradona turn, before playing Shinnie on the left to cross low for Collins, who didn't connect properly with his shot.

Posh had already made one substitution in the first half, bringing Joe Ward on for Dembele in the immediate aftermath of the Town's second goal, and they completed their three changes at the break.

Tomlin and Dempsey were withdrawn, replaced by George Cooper and Alex Woodyard, but it made little difference to Peterborough's hopes.

Collins completed his treble with the best of the lot eight minutes after the interval, LuaLua nicking the ball ahead of Danny Lafferty on halfway and sprinting down the right before cutting inside and slipping a lovely ball into Collins' path.

The ex-Crawley man didn't need to break stride as he buried his left-foot shot into the bottom corner, beyond Chapman's outstretched right arm.

Town were rampant and it was four in the 66th minute when LuaLua was the architect again, this time wriggling his way around a defender to play Berry into the area. The midfielder made no mistake from 16 yards, swivelling and passing his effort around Chapman and into the beck of the net.

Harford introduced the two new Georges - Moncur and Thorne - immediately after the goal and Moncur almost had a brilliant debut goal in the 77th minute. The midfielder had already produced one backheel in a patient passing move dictated by Thorne, when he collected the ball 30 yards from goal.

He traded passes with LuaLua, who returned it with a backheel, then waltzed past two defenders before shooting past Chapman, only to be denied by Ben White, who had raced back to slide in and clear off the line.

Maddison put the ball in the back of the net at the other end, but the flag was long since up for offside, then he fired high over the bar inside the last five minutes.

LuaLua, desperate for a goal his performance deserved, did likewise in front of the Oak Road, then Moncur bent one just over before Sheehan saw a 30-yarder deflected behind for a corner.

It didn't matter, the Hatters already had enough in the bag to move within a point of Pompey, who lost at Sunderland, and three points clear of Sunderland, who drew at Scunthorpe.

Onto Southend next Saturday!

 

TOWN: Shea, Stacey, Pearson (Sheehan 77), Bradley (c), Justin, McCormack (Thorne 69), Mpanzu, Berry, Shinnie (Moncur 69), Collins, LuaLua. Subs: Potts, Jarvis, Jones, Isted.

Goals: Collins 8, 27, 53, Berry 66

Yellows: Pearson

POSH: Chapman, Naismith, Tafazolli, White, Dembele (Ward 28), Cooke, Toney, Lafferty, Maddison, Tomlin (Cooper 46), Dempsey (Woodyard 46). Subs: Godden, Reed, O'Malley (GK), Stevens.

Yellows: Maddison

Red: Tafazolli

 

REFEREE: David Coote 

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