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MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN V PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

16 November 2018

Town will look to make it nine Sky Bet League One matches unbeaten at Kenilworth Road tomorrow when they take on Plymouth Argyle.

Six wins and two draws from their eight so far at home has helped the Hatters maintain their current place in the play-off spots in the third tier – winning three of their last four outings in the division.

A win tomorrow could lift the Town up to fourth spot, whilst a defeat could see them slip down to eighth.

The Pilgrims had a similarly sluggish start to the campaign last season, but went on a fantastic run and finished just outside the play-off places.

After a run of ten games without victory this campaign, Derek Adams' team have slowly turned it around, winning three of their last six matches.

They have only taken one point off any side currently in the top 12, that coming at Oakwell in a creditable 1-1 draw.

Supporters will be able to purchase a number of homemade products at tomorrow's game, including cottage pie, and chilli/chicken burritos!

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 the current home form: "Well hopefully we can continue that, because Plymouth are a good side, they're in a very false position. They have got good players, really dangerous players and we're going to need to be right at it to maintain that record.

"We will prepare in the right way, we've had a little bit of a disjointed week because of the Checkatrade Trophy game in midweek. All of those that didn't play trained today, so we will make sure we're prepped and ready to go, because it's a big game."

On how his side have maintained the run at Kenilworth Road: "Hopefully it's because we've been playing better than other teams and we've been in very, very good form. I think we're in good form generally, at home the fans play a big part, we obviously play well at home, the way we play and so on, so it's a culmination of a lot of factors. Our work, good form, the fans, it's obviously a place we like playing. It's a big thing."

On the threats that Plymouth possess: "At this level, everyone has got threats, there's no blunt attack, so we've just got to make we're right at it and then we can go from there.

"Whether they do that [go on a similar run to last year] I don't really mind apart from this Saturday and the time we play them at their place, so all we do is concentrate on us and if we play to the best of our ability, then we are some side."

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

WHO?

After the disappointment of failing to secure promotion at the end of the 2016 campaign when they were beaten in the play-off final, Derek Adams' side made amends as they went up automatically the following year, finishing second, missing out on the title on goal difference as Portsmouth pinched it on the final day.

That side included now Hatters pair Sonny Bradley and Jake Jervis, the latter of which is now on loan at AFC Wimbledon for the rest of the campaign. Bradley was a key component in the success of that side, netting seven times in 52 outings in their promotion year. His outstanding performances saw him named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm at Kenilworth Road on Saturday 17th November.

TICKET INFORMATION

The Hatters are fast approaching a sell-out in home sections, so please purchase tickets at the earliest opportunity to ensure you get the best seat available!

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Tomorrow's game will be refereed by Darren England, who has overseen 16 games so far this campaign, dishing out 56 yellow cards and two red cards.

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

PLAYED BEFORE?

Our last meeting with Plymouth was here at Kenilworth Road, when Danny Hylton netted in a 1-1 draw in February 2017. In total, the Hatters have won 27, drawn 30 and lost on 41 occasions against Argyle.

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.

Tomorrow's game will not be available on iFollow Hatters, you can click here for more information.

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REPORT & GALLERY | HATTERS 5 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1

Collins hits a hat-trick as five-star Town make it five without defeat

17 November 2018

Kenilworth Road was rocking once more this afternoon after an outstanding team performance meant Plymouth Argyle fell victim to the Hatters’ ruthless home form.

James Collins was on hand to score his second hat-trick for the club, with James Justin and Elliot Lee getting on the scoresheet in a match where any man in a Luton shirt could have won man of the match.

The Hatters had no mercy for the Pilgrims, who were 3-0 down after half-an-hour. Memories of last season’s wonder wins over Yeovil, Stevenage and Cambridge came flooding back as the Town played some super football that more than entertained the sell-out crowd, a year to the day since that latter 7-0 victory, when the Town were also 4-0 up at the break.

Manager Nathan Jones named an unchanged starting XI from the side who beat Wycombe Wanderers at Kenilworth Road last weekend, although Dan Potts was back from injury and replaced Lloyd Jones on the bench.

Plymouth announced one change in the side from last Saturday’s narrow victory over Stevenage, with Ashley Smith-Brown taking the spot of Conor Grant, who missed out through injury.  

It took the Hatters just four minutes to find an opening in the Plymouth defence when Glen Rea found Lee on the edge of the box, who hit it firmly, but too high on this occasion.

Only two minutes later the Town had two corners in quick succession, with Matty Pearson rising highest to send a thumping header just wide of the far post.

It was a sign of what was to come as the Hatters asserted their dominance over a side who are at the opposite end of the League One table, in 22nd place, but who had won three of their last four matches, including last week’s FA Cup victory.

It was in the 12th minute that Collins set the tone of the half and opened the floodgates. Justin and Lee combined nicely down the wing with a neat one-two around the static Argyle defence, and the latter’s pass into the area was met nicely by Collins, who managed to flick it past former Hatters loanee Matt Macey into the far bottom corner.

Rea picked out some lovely passes in the air from the middle of the park, the engine that powered the Hatters in the heart of the side who played some outstanding stuff.

Harry Cornick, also on fire, strolled around the green and white shirts until he was eventually stopped just in front of goal in the 18th minute.

Goal number two arrived not long after when a brilliant Stacey pass released Cornick, who put his effort across Macey, who parried into the path of Lee. The number 10 tapped it home comfortably, even though Macey got a hand to it on the goal-line.

More was to follow in the form of an onslaught from the team in orange, who made it three in the 29th minute. A fine Andrew Shinnie pass released Cornick, who took it – rapid as ever – to the byline, cleverly cutting back to Justin who was waiting. His first touch just about took it away from the defender, giving himself enough time to find the bottom corner.

Lee also had time to dance his way through the Plymouth defence on multiple occasions, dominating the area in front of the Plymouth box. The ex-Barnsley man won a corner in the process, resulting in another missed chance when the ball came to him on the edge of the area, but he placed his effort wide of the post.

It was four on the stroke of half time when Justin was tripped after the ball left his feet. The advantage was played until the ball reached Macey’s gloves. Although the Pilgrims protested, Collins was on hand to punish them, calmly putting it into the top right corner to claim his second of the match.

The second half began slowly as Plymouth tried to come to terms with what had happened in the first 45. Argyle may have played some better football but the Hatters controlled proceedings from start to finish.  

The first real chance of the half came in the 58th minute when Bradley rose highest, latching onto JJ’s corner, only to have his effort tipped over the bar.

Shea was called into action for the first time in the 62nd minute when Smith-Brown found Taylor in acres of space, but his effort was palmed away by the ex-Wimbledon man as Plymouth still struggled to show the attacking prowess of last season.

Jones’ side were magnificent again throughout the second period, spurning numerous chances as the Pilgrims dug deep to only allow one more effort in their net.

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Lee and Justin combined for Lee to produce an exquisite pass to release Collins, who timed his run perfectly. The striker took his time and blasted it past Macey to put the game further out of reach.

The introduction of Kazenga LuaLua and Jorge Grant proved to be influential too, Grant threading Collins through once more, who cleverly pulled it back for Mpanzu, but his effort was thrashed towards the Kenilworth Road end, that may well have broken the net if Macey wasn’t alert to tip it over the bar.

The traveling Plymouth fans did have something to cheer about however, as Joel Grant converted an impressive effort from outside the box that left Shea rooted to the spot, nestling nicely in the top right corner with a minute of normal time remaining.

But nothing was to spoil the party atmosphere at Kenilworth Road, with the Hatters recording a hugely deserved sixth win in their last eight league games to cement fifth place and give themselves a four-point buffer over the play-off chasing clubs.

Substitute Aaron Jarvis even headed just wide in stoppage time, although it didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. A mix of fine football and another win at home, extending the unbeaten run at the Kenny to 16 matches, ensured that the Hatters will go into next week’s match away at struggling Gillingham full of confidence.

 

Town: Shea, Stacey, Pearson, Bradley, Justin, Rea (c), Mpanzu, Shinnie (Grant 80), Lee, Cornick (LuaLua 80), Collins (Jarvis 84). Subs: Stech, Potts, McCormack, Sheehan.

Goals: Collins 12, (pen) 45+1, 77, Lee 23, Justin 29

 

Argyle: Macey, Moore, Songo’o, Canavan, C Grant, Ness (Taylor 35), Fox (c), Sarcevic, Carey (Lameiras 78), J Grant, Ladapo (O’Keefe 46). Subs: Letheren, Wylde, P Grant, Law.

Yellows: Stuart O’Keefe, Graham Carey

Goals: Joel Grant

 

REFEREE: Darren England

ATT: 10,004 (871 away)

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