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EMIRATES FA CUP MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN V SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

15 January 2019

The Hatters welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Kenilworth Road tonight for an Emirates FA Cup third round replay that will see the winner head to current holders, Chelsea.

Town went up to Hillsborough last week and drew 0-0, having beaten Wycombe Wanderers and Bury in the previous rounds.

After Saturday's 1-1 draw at Sunderland, the Hatters now find themselves on a 17-game unbeaten run, having not been defeated since mid-October.

The unbeaten run at Kenilworth Road is just six weeks off reaching a full year, with a defeat against Accrington at the beginning of March the last time Town tasted defeat on home turf in League and FA Cup matches.

The Owls went into the competition at this stage, so going off their league form, they currently sit 16th in the Championship with 32 points from 27 games. Their last victory came on Boxing Day, when they picked up a brilliant 1-0 win at Middlesbrough.

Don't forget, contactless card payment will be available around the ground, with some food kiosks offering card only tills to help speed up service, so please utilise these where possible!

Tonight's game will not be available to live stream for international subscribers.

MICK HARFORD SAYS:

On who will play up front with Danny Hylton suspended: "We've got one or two options, we have a big squad. We knew we would have to rely on our squad throughout the season as you do. And we're going to have to utilise the squad tomorrow, absolutely."

On the size of the game: "At the moment every game is a big game, it's a big month for us and we've stressed that to the players. We've given ourselves a great opportunity by going up to Sheffield Wednesday and performing to a good level against what I believe is a good team, as I actually watched them when they drew one each with West Brom, I thought they were excellent on the afternoon and probably deserved to win the game. So to go there and get a draw, it's a magnificent opportunity. There's a carrot at the end of it, a TV game against one of the top teams in Europe. It's all there to play for.

"I know 100 percent what will happen; the fans will turn out again as usual and get behind the team and give them a big push, in the way they always do. The fans, you just look at them on Saturday and they were amazing. Kenilworth Road under the lights, I have played a few games and it's a daunting experience sometimes when the team is doing well down there. We will look to put them under pressure and hopefully win the cup tie."

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

WHO?

A club with such a rich history, they have had a lot of success in this competition, having won the FA Cup on three occasions, the most recent of those was in 1935, whilst they were runners up in 1966 and 1993. That game saw them take Arsenal to a replay after drawing 1-1 at Wembley, with Trevor Francis' team – which including a number of Wednesday greats; Mark Bright, John Sheridan and Roland Nilsson – falling a to a 2-1 defeat second time round. They also frustrating lost the League Cup final by the same score-line to the Gunners the month before.

They nearly made a Premier League return both in the 2015/16 campaign and the following year, missing out both times as they were defeated in the play-offs. They spent eight consecutive seasons in the top tier, before suffering relegation in 2000. Their slump continued and they have had spells in League One.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 7.45pm at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 15th January.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are still available for tonight's game, so contact the Ticket Office now to ensure you get the best seats available! 

FOOD ON OFFER

Hatters Homemade – Available in Hatters Homemade Unit

Homemade Cottage Pie, Homemade Beef Chilli or Mexican Chicken Burrito & Homemade Vegan Pie

Burger Unit Specials (Available in the Burger Unit Only)

Homemade Vegetarian Burger & Piri Piri Chicken Burger

Homemade Flapjack – Available in the Hatters Unit, Kennie, Main Kiosk, Ginsters Unit & Understairs Unit Only

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

PLAYED BEFORE?

Our last meeting was the 1-1 draw ten days ago. In total we have defeated the Owls 16 times, drawn 21 and lost on 21 occasions.

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.

Tonight's game will not be available to live stream for international subscribers.

 

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Match Reports

REPORT & GALLERY | LUTON TOWN 0 SHEFF WEDS 1

Harford's Hatters bow out to Nuhui goal in cracking Cup tie at the Kenny

15 January 2019

A scruffy goal was no way for this courageous Luton Town side to exit the FA Cup but they can take heart in a never-say-die performance against Sheffield Wednesday that had everything but a goal.

In the end, a combination of the woodwork, Owls goalie Cameron Dawson and a clearance off the line stood frustratingly in the way of a fourth round tie at Chesea. They deserved much more.

But disappointments can be tempered with a positive decision in tomorrow’s Power Court planning application meeting. In terms of importance, permission granted for a new 17,500-seat stadium trumps anything that could have been conjured up under the lights at Kenilworth Road, even if the Hatters did everything bar pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat. 

Atdhe Nuhiu’s deflected goal a minute into the second half proved the decider yet, over the course of two cup ties, Town proved they can more than mix it with a Championship club. That, after all, is the aim as they must now concentrate on a promotion-chasing League One campaign. 

Interim boss Mick Harford made two changes from Saturday’s 1-1 eague draw at his boyhood team Sunderland, bringing in Luke Berry and Kazenga LuaLua for Alan McCormack and the suspended Danny Hylton.

The manager’s side started sharply after he received a rousing pre kick-off reception, for his first game charge at Kenilworth Road since September 29, 2009.

The pace of the contest dropped off only to be revived in the last 20 minutes before the break.

During that period, Jack Stacey and James Collins both found Dawson in obdurate mood - a pattern that would continue throughout. 

But the Owls then came within a whisker of breaking the deadlock when Steven Fletcher glanced Barry Bannan’s 25-yard volley off the woodwork with James Shea rooted to the spot. 

Luton rallied and had, arguably, the chance of the half when LuaLua laid the ball intelligently off to Elliot Lee 10 yards from goal, but with a clear sight the striker blasted over. 

The momentum Luton had built before the break was killed within a minute of the restart. The ball pinballed around the Luton penalty area with Nuhiu clubbing a deflected shot off Sonny Bradley, which nestled in the corner of Shea’s net. 

It signalled a short period of comfort for the Championship side, but that was given a thorough shaking when James Justin marauded down the left and picked out Berry. The midfielder steadied himself but still aimed at Dawson who saved with his feet. 

Shea stooped low to smother a low Adam Reach drive after Wednesday threatened to swarm over Luton on the counter, but that was a rare occasion.

Dan Potts was brought off the bench to replace Berry with 22 minutes remaining and his first taste of action was to beat a man and then blast goalwards, only for Dawson, once again, to push his shot away at full stretch.

Any sense that it just wasn’t going to be Town’s evening was heightened when Bradley, at the back stick, headed down Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu’s deep cross and with the goal at his mercy, Collins hit the woodwork from a few yards out.

And when Wednesday goalscorer Nuhiu headed off his own line to prevent Bradley’s header from dropping in, the jig was up and Town’s 17-game unbeaten streak came to an end. It didn’t feel like a defeat. 

Next up, one of the most crucial decisions in the club and the town’s history. 

 

TOWN: Shea, Justin, Bradley, Pearson, Stacey, Berry (Potts, 68), Lee (Jarvis, 88), Shinnie, Mpanzu, Collins, LuaLua

Subs not used: Potts, McCormack, Jones, Isted, Sheehan, Neufville

Yellow: Collins

 

WEDNESDAY: Dawson, Palmer, Fox, Fletcher (Matias, 90), Bannan, Thorniley, Lees, Nuhiu, Reach, Boyd, Hector

Subs not used: Jones, van Aken, Winnall, Baker, Wildsmith, Pudil

Yellows: Palmer, Boyd, Nuhiu

Goal: Nuhiu 46

 

Attendance: 9,259 (1,473)

 

REFEREE: Tim Robinson

 

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