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MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN V ACCRINGTON STANLEY

23 October 2018

The Hatters entertain Accrington Stanley this evening at Kenilworth Road with both sides heading into the fixture in strong form.

Nathan Jones' side have only lost one of their last seven games – a run that has helped lift them to seventh in Sky Bey League One, three points off the play-offs.

Accrington are in just as good a vein of form, winning five of their last six league outings, including an impressive 1-0 away victory at Peterborough United on Saturday.

Town brought an end to Walsall's unbeaten away record on Saturday as Glen Rea and Jorge Grant scored in a 2-0 victory, and a win or draw tonight for the hosts would extend the unbeaten run at Kenilworth Road in the league this season to eight.

John Coleman's team suffered their first away defeat of the campaign at the beginning of the month in a 1-0 loss to Shrewsbury, but barring that result, Stanley have been superb on the road, and setup another tough test for the Hatters this evening.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On Accrington: "I think people always mention about 'little old Accrington', but they're actually a good team. They've got good players, they've got good coaching staff. They have a structure that they play to that they very rarely change, the players know it.

"They've actually got good players that want to work hard, that want to play for the club. So what more do you want as a manager? They're a good side and he's (John Coleman) doing a great job and I don't think they're overachieving in anyway because they have got real continuity.

"They've won so many games 1-0, that shows that defensively they're very good and they have still got goals – they've got that balance. They've a very good side, so it hasn't surprised me in any way, shape or form. Unless you look at them week-in, week-out and you look at them being classed as 'little old Accrington', you look deeper and you know they're a very good football club with good things right throughout them, so they're a good side, a very good side and it will be a really tough game.

"I can say a load of their stats and I can wax lyrical about them, they're a good side and it will be a tough test. But Walsall were a tough test, others have come here and been a tough test, so we have got to take confidence in that, because we're a good side as well. They're always tight games.

"We had one towards the end of a season where we won 4-1 up there, but apart from that, games have been really tight between us and Accrington since I came here. Even when I came here and they were flying, it was 1-0 and it was a real tight game. we know it's going to be margins, but we have got to make sure we are on the right side of those."

On continuing the home form: "I don't want to lose the game, I hate losing, I don't care who it is against. We're in good form and we want to continue that form. Yes, we had a blip at Barnsley where we weren't as good, that cost a winning streak, but we got straight back on it on Saturday and we want to continue that because we have got some big games coming up."

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

WHO?

One of the form teams in the division, Accrington have got off to a flying start and if they continue in this vein, have no doubt they'll be challenging for those top spots in League One come the end of the season.

Billy Kee has carried on his scoring form from last season into this one, bagging six goals so far. Sean McConville has netted the same about, but also has three assists to his name.

Just two defeats from their opening 14 games sees them sit in fourth, picking up 26 points.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 7.45pm at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 23rd October.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for tonight's game are currently on sale from the LTFC Ticket Office, but will also be available on cash turnstiles for the Main Stand and the Oak Road.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Tonight's game will be refereed by Christopher Sarginson, who has overseen 11 games so far this campaign, dishing out 29 yellow cards and no red cards.

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AWAY SUPPORTERS

If you're an Accrington Stanley supporter heading to Kenilworth Road tonight, click here to have a look at our away supporters' guide.

PLAYED BEFORE?

Town faced Accrington in the league last year, with Nathan Jones' side defeating Stanley at their place 2-0 in October, before they came here in March – beating us 2-1. In total we have played them 11 times, winning four, drawing three and losing four.

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.

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REPORT & GALLERY | LUTON TOWN 4 ACCRINGTON 1

Hylton hits a hat-trick as the Hatters move into the League One play-off places

23 October 2018

The Hatters moved into the Sky Bet League One play-off places with a 4-1 win over high-flying Accrington Stanley at Kenilworth Road tonight, with striker Danny Hylton grabbing his third hat-trick for the club.

Hylton set the ball rolling in the fifth minute when he finished off a wonderful counter attack that started with a Stanley free-kick deep in Town territory, and involved a sweeping move between James Collins, Jorge Grant and James Justin.

After Offrande Zanzala had grabbed an equaliser before half-time, Andrew Shinnie restored the advantage seven minutes into the second half before Hylton completed his treble, taking his goal haul to 55 in 97 appearances since joining from Oxford in the summer of 2016.

The win made it 14 games unbeaten at home for the Hatters in all competitions, since Accrington themselves came to Kenilworth Road in early March and took all three points as the sides tussled at the top of League Two.

Jones made one change for the clash, with the switch from Saturday’s home victory over Walsall an enforced one, James Justin coming in from the kick-off after appearing as a substitute after Dan Potts suffered a groin injury just before half-time of the 2-0 win.

That meant James Shea was in goal behind a back four of Jack Stacey, Matty Pearson, Sonny Bradley and Justin. Captain Glen Rea was in the midfield holding role with Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Andrew Shinnie and Grant behind a front two of Collins and Hylton.

The Hatters made a dream start when Hylton volleyed them in front with just five minutes on the clock. Accrington had a free-kick 30 yards from goal, but the Town wall stood firm not once, but twice, blocking shots in quick succession and Collins collected the loose ball.

The striker spread it wide to Grant, who sliced the Stanley defence open with a beautiful angled pass for Justin to run on to, and without breaking stride, the left-back curled in a perfect cross for Hylton to volley past Jonny Maxted from six yards out.

Shea was called into action for the first time on 15 minutes when he flew across his line to push away a header from Offrande Zanzala, but the Town were playing well and dominating possession, without creating any other clear-cut chances.

Stanley grew into the game, however, and Zanzala headed in the equaliser from Callum Johnson’s right-wing cross in the 27th minute with a carbon copy effort from the one the Town keeper had just kept out, this one creeping through the keeper and over the line.

The Hatters responded well, Justin raiding down the left again to win a corner, which Stanley managed to clear, before he stung Maxted’s palms with a rasping 25-yard drive just after the half-hour.

A short corner routine on the left saw Grant and Justin combine to set Shinnie up for a thunderbolt of a shot that smacked Billy Kee full in the face, leaving the Stanley striker needing treatment.

Shinnie was next to have a go too, in the 38th minute, when he ghosted past his man on the edge of the box after a good period of possession, but his left-foot shot was a foot wide of the near post.

Collins was presented with a wonderful chance to restore the lead with 45 minutes on the clock when Stacey’s pass from just inside the Stanley half was dummied by Hylton, and the ball landed at his strike partner’s feet, but Maxted got down low to his left to keep his 18-yard shot out.

An ill-tempered end to the half resulted in bookings, did have the advantage again by the 52nd minute when Shinnie fashioned space for himself on the edge of the area and cracked in a low right-footed shot that beat Maxted’s outstretched right arm into the bottom corner of the net.

Two minutes later it was three, and again Shinnie was key, racing to the right byline and cut back for Hylton to lash into the net right-footed from eight yards out.

Shea had to be alert to keep out a curling Sean McConville effort, with Justin making a brave block to prevent Zanzala netting the follow-up, before the Town keeper dropped on another McConville shot in the 63rd minute.

Hylton had his hat-trick in the 70th minute when, after Mark Hughes had been booked for fouling him again, Grant curled in a free-kick that Bradley headed back across the box for the ex-Oxford man to nod in off the post.

Stanley reminded the Town they were still a threat when Zanzala headed against the crossbar in the 74th minute, but with Cornick on for Grant and Kazenga LuaLua for Hylton – who received his trademark standing ovation after leaving the pitch in the 81st minute – the Hatters remained a threat as they looked to see the game out comfortably.

Three minutes into injury-time it could, and should, even have been five as Cornick, Stacey and Bradley – of all people – led a lightning quick counter-attack from a Stanley corner, after Rea had headed over his own bar at full sretch.

Cornick fed Stacey to his left, with centre-half Bradley racing through the middle, and the ball finally made its way to Collins’ feet again, but Maxted was equal to his shot and the Town had to settle for 4-1 and a fourth win in the last five league matches, heading into Saturday’s trip to AFC Wimbledon.

 

TOWN: Shea, Stacey, Pearson, Bradley, Justin, Rea ©, Mpanzu, Shinnie (Sheehan 85), Grant (Cornick 76), Hylton (LuaLua 81), Collins. Subs: McCormack, Lee, Jarvis, Isted.

Goals: Hylton 5, 54, 70, Shinnie 52

Yellows: McCormack, Grant

STANLEY: Maxted, Johnson (Hall 74), Hughes, Ihiekwe, Clark, Zanzala (Mangan 87), McConville ©, Finley (Brown 59), Anderton, Barlaser, Kee. Subs: Sykes, Mingoia, Platt, Warner (GK)

Goal: Zanzala 27

Yellows: Bell (assistant-manager), Clark, Brown, Hughes

REFEREE: Chris Sarginson

ATT: 8,454 (64 away)

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