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12 October 2018

The Hatters head to Oakwell tomorrow afternoon as they look to make it six Sky Bet League One games unbeaten as they take on Barnsley.

The Tykes are the fifth side the Town have faced who are currently in the top seven, the other two are Nathan Jones' side's next two opponents after tomorrow – Walsall and Accrington Stanley.

Town have been in brilliant form of late, having not suffered defeat in their last five outings, picking up three wins.

That has fired them up the form table, only tomorrow's hosts and Portsmouth bettering the Hatters' return from their last eight games.

They also ended their winless run on the road in their last away outing, defeating Oxford United 2-1 at Grenoble Road.

The Oakwell based outfit are flying though – just two points off second place and they've won six of their 11 games in the third tier so far this campaign.

Their goal difference is five better than any other team in League One, on plus-16. A win could lift them as high as second, whilst a win for the Hatters could move them up to fourth – although they would have to better Barnsley's goal difference, which is considerably better.


On Danny Hylton's fitness: "He's back in contention now. We're happy up to right now, so providing nothing happens in the days coming then he's available for selection and we're delighted to have him back.

"We have been very conservative in terms of bringing him back. A year ago he would have been back in earlier than now, but what we've done is make sure that when he comes back in mentally he's right, physically he's right, that we're happy that we're doing all the processes. He's ready to go, whether he is ready for a full 90 is another thing. He's important to what we do, so we will see."

On Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel: "He's not somebody I have come across before, but obviously from the outset, going into Barnsley who I think signed superb players when they were in the Championship, maybe not top Championship players, but there was sense behind it that if they ever did come back down, they'd have one heck of a squad to get promoted back up.

"I think they've been very good in their recruitment and what they have done. Going in at a club is never easy, going in at a relegated club, there's no guarantees you're going to go back up, regardless of budget or size, so I think he has done an excellent job and you can see that they have got a way of playing, a structure and that's all you can do as a manager."



One of the favourites to go back up at the first time of asking, Barnsley are going about it the right way and find themselves just outside the automatic promotion places. A 4-0 victory at Peterborough United last Saturday only personified their credentials as a top side in the division, having only suffered one defeat all season.

Manager Daniel Stendel arrived in the summer after a difficult campaign last season as the Tykes were relegated from the Championship. They've managed to keep the core group that went down, with Kieffer Moore and Brad Potts bagging 11 goals between them so far. They're an impressive defensive force as well, having kept five clean sheets in 11 games.


Kick-off is at 12pm on Saturday 13th October at Oakwell.


Tickets for tomorrow's game at Barnsley are still on sale from the LTFC Ticket Office until 2pm today. There is a big increase for tickets purchased on the day, so please ensure you purchase in advance!


Tomorrow afternoon's game will be refereed by Ross Joyce, who has overseen 13 games so far this campaign, dishing out 46 yellow cards and one red card.


Of our 57 meetings, we have won 23, drawn eight and lost 26. Our most recent was January 2007 in the Championship, in which the Hatters were defeated 2-0.


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)

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Match Reports


Collins nets twice but the Hatters are beaten by the odd goal in five

13 October 2018

The Hatters' five-match unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One came to a halt in the lunchtime kick-off as highly-fancied Barnsley won 3-2 at Oakwell.

James Collins scored in each half to take his recent run to four goals in as many matches - the first a penalty on the stroke of half-time to make it 2-1, with his second coming five minutes from time after the Tykes had restored their two-goal advantage.

As manager Nathan Jones conceded afterwards, the side relegated from the Championship last season were worthy of their victory, midfielder Brad Potts, former Hatter Cameron McGeehan and substitute Mamadou Thiam scoring their goals.

But the game could have changed on two big decisions, firstly when Collins put the ball in the net with Barnsley leading 1-0, only for a linesman's offside flag to incorrectly, as TV replays showed, rule it out.

Then, with the Town back in the game at 3-2 in the closing stages, substitute Danny Hylton - back after an injury lay-off stretching back to August 25th - was dragged to the ground by Liam Lindsay in the box, but referee Ross Joyce waved appeals for a second penalty away and the hosts, as impressive a side as we've come up against this season, took the points.

Jones made one change from last week's win over Scunthorpe, with Elliot Lee missing out through injury and James Justin coming into a reshuffled midfield in his place.

That meant goalkeeper James Shea was behind a back four of Jack Stacey, Matty Pearson, Sonny Bradley and Dan Potts, with captain Glen Rea anchoring the midfield alongside Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Justin and Jorge Grant, and Harry Cornick and Collins up front.

Barnsley took the lead in the fifth minute when, seconds after Pearson had been penalised for a foul on home keeper Jack Walton from a first corner that swirled in the wind, Potts broke clear of a group of players midway inside the Town half and drove an effor past Shea from 20 yards.

The hosts were well on top in the early stages and almost doubled their lead when Dimitri Cavare fired into the side-netting on 13 minutes, with Bradley's sliding challenge deflecting it wide, before George Moncur shooting over from the resulting corner.

The chances kept coming for the Tykes, Jacob Brown heading over on 18 minutes before Moncur shot straight at Shea a minute later.

The Town grew into the game, however, and Walton was called into action in the 20th minute when Justin was played into the right edge of the area by Stacey, and his fierce cross-shot from a tight angle tipped over the bar by the home keeper.

The ball was in the back of the Barnsley net in the 21st minute when Walton couldn't hold a 25-yarder from Mpanzu, and Collins was there to follow up - a linesman's flag ruling it out for offside, incorrectly as TV replays showed the striker was level when the shot was hit.

Double punishment was dished out in the 26th minute when McGeehan arrived at the perfect time to meet Moncur's low cross with a side-foot finish into the bottom corner, to make it 2-0.

Town responded positively, Bradley's 29th-minute flicked header drifting just wide of the far post from Grant's free-kick, after Mpanzu fouled wide on the left.

Grant went closer still in the 41st minute when his free-kick from the left angle of the area beat the wall, but uunfortunately not the woodwork, as it clipped the outside of Walton's right post and went behind for a goal-kick.

Barnsley looked like finishing the half as they started, well on the front foot, with the ever dangerous Moncur crossing dangerously across the face of goal on 43 minutes, before fashioning space on the edge of the area to fire another good effort just wide with 45 minutes on the clock.

The Town were right back in it with two minutes of added time played, when Cornick was tripped by Ben Williams just inside the area on the right, and Collins stepped up to net from the spot.

With neither manager making a change at half-time, McGeehan had the first two attempts of the second period, the first a shot from 20 yards that was off target, before a far post header hit the bar and flew skywards, with Shea reacting well to push the dropping ball over the bar as Brown looked to pounce.

Jones made his first substitution in the 56th minute when Alan McCormack came on for Grant, slotting into midfield alongside Rea, with Mpanzu and Justin pushed further on to a form a three with Cornick just behind Collins as the point.

Shea was in the right place to drop on another shot from Brad Potts in the 69th minute when the Tykes midfielder got an effort away following a six-yard box scramble, shortly before Jones introduced Kazenga LuaLua for Cornick on 72 and Hylton for Rea seven minutes later.

The striker hadn't even had chance to have a touch before Tykes substitute Thiam fired a bullet into the top corner of Shea's net in the 80th minute to virtually kill the game off.

Bradley rose highest to meet a free-kick from Justin moments later, but his header was well wide of Walton's left post.

Then, with five minutes to go, the Town had a lifeline as LuaLua's deep cross from the left came back off the inside of the post and landed right in front of Collins, who gobbled up his second of the game by volleying in from close range.

Bar the lateb penalty shout for the foul on Hylton, however, that was as close as the Hatters came to taking something back to Bedfordshire, where Walsall are next up in a week's time at the Kenny.


TOWN: Shea, Stacey, Pearson, Bradley, Potts, Rea (Hylton 79), Mpanzu, Justin, Grant (McCormack 56), Cornick (LuaLua 72), Collins. Subs: Isted, Shinnie, Jarvis, Sheehan.

Goals: Collins (pen) 45+3, 85

Yellows: McCormack, LuaLua

BARNSLEY: Walton, Cavare, Pinnock (c), Lindsay, Williams (Pinillos 73), Potts, McGeehan, Mowatt, Moncur (Hedges 83), Brown, Bahre (Thiam 68). Subs: Kendrick, Bird, Jackson, Adeboyejo

Goals: Potts 5, McGeehan 26, Thiam 80

Yellows: Brown

REFEREE: Ross Joyce

ATT: 12,688 (807 away)

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