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MATCH PREVIEW | BLACKPOOL V LUTON TOWN

21 September 2018

The Town head up to Blackpool tomorrow afternoon looking to get their first away win of the Sky Bet League One campaign.

Whilst remaining unbeaten at home this season, the Hatters have picked up just one point from their first four away games, but barring a poor opening period against Peterborough United, they have been unlucky not to take more from those games.

Eunan O'Kane will be the obvious miss from the Town's squad, having returned to parent club Leeds United to begin his recovery from the serious leg break he suffered against Bristol Rovers. Nathan Jones will also be without Luke Berry and Marek Stech, who had a hernia operation yesterday.

They come up against a Blackpool side who weren't expected to start so brightly, given the departure of Gary Bowyer after just one game of the new campaign. However, Terry McPhillips has done a terrific job – his role as caretaker boss turned into him getting the job on a permanent basis. Unbeaten away from home and having only suffered one defeat at Bloomfield Road, the Seasiders find themselves sat just outside the play-off places, and this week they appointed former Town boss Gary Brabin as McPhillips' assistant.

Tickets will be available for purchase on the day at Blackpool, and with over 1,200 Town supporters heading up to Lancashire, make sure you're there to cheer on the Hatters!

Supporters who are driving up, please ensure you check your route, as J14-15 of the M6 will be closed from around 8pm, with supporters strongly advised to avoid the area altogether in the build up to that time.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On whether our play-off defeat to Blackpool has a bearing on the game: "No not really, I don't think so. It was a learning curve for me. I have watched part of the game the other day. There were a fair few things that happened in the game, decisions from certain individuals, nothing to do with team. That happens. Those two individuals aren't at the club anymore, so we hope we won't make the same ones.

"I have got a good record up at Blackpool to be honest with you, it's a place we are looking forward to going. It'll be a tough game because they're in real good form, they're a dangerous side they really are, the manager has done fantastically well there. For us it's another game, it's cliché, we're looking to get three points and that's all we can do."

On Blackpool being one of the form teams: "It was pretty similar the year before last when we went there, we went up there and won the game. So it's good we're playing a form team because they will want to come out and win the game, [think] that they should win the game, which we kind of enjoy playing against teams that do that.

"Let's see how the game goes. We go up there in good form ourselves, it'll be an interesting one."

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

WHO?

Certainly on the field, Blackpool seem to be back on the up, having won promotion at our expense from League Two back in the 2016/17 campaign, last year was a consolidatory season as they finished 12th in the third tier. Their decent start this year could help them on their return back up the EFL, having been in the Championship as recently as 2015.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm at Bloomfield Road on Saturday 22nd September.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for tomorrow afternoon's game are no longer available for purchase from the LTFC Ticket Office, but can be purchased on the day at Blackpool.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Tomorrow's game will be refereed by Seb Stockbridge, who has taken charge of seven games so far this season, handing out 20 yellow cards and one red card.

PUBS

The Bridge is the main away supporters pub, which can be found on Lytham Road. It's a short walk away from the ground, just four minutes according to Google Maps. There is also the Bloomfield Brewhouse, which has its own microbrewery.

PLAYED BEFORE?

Of the 53 meetings between the two teams, Town have won 23 times, drawn 13 and lost on 17 occassions.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The main blow-by-blow account of the action from Bloomfield Road 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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MATCH REPORT & GALLERY | BLACKPOOL 0 LUTON TOWN 0

22 September 2018

The Hatters picked up a good point at Blackpool this afternoon as it was only a brilliant performance from Tangerines keeper Mark Howard that denied Nathan Jones' side from picking up all three.

Town's Elliot Lee, Jorge Grant and James Collins all went close to finding a winning goal at Bloomfield Road, but it wasn't to be as a near 1,400 travelling supporters roared the Hatters on.

The visitors came under a bit of pressure early on when Liam Feeney was slipped through by former Hatter Mark Cullen with five minutes on the clock, but Dan Potts slid in excellently to take the ball away from the winger to stop the attack.

Cullen tried to take advantage of their early pressure and wasn't too far away just three minutes later as he was unable to divert Ollie Turton's decent low cross past Shea, instead clipping it wide of the near post.

The Hatters started making inroads and with 15 minutes gone Howard spared defender Ben Heneghan's blushes – the keeper doing well to keep out the ex-Motherwell man's deflected block going into the back of his own net, after Jack Stacey had put in a terrific low ball after cutting in from the by-line.

Jorge Grant looked sharp and teed up Andrew Shinnie to shoot from the edge of the box after 21 minutes, but it was a comfortable save for Howard.

Grant then gave the Hatters the best opportunity of the first half exchanges as he pinched the ball in midfield, with him and Elliot Lee going through against one Blackpool defender, he gave the ball to Lee who saw his curling effort expertly palmed away by Howard.

Feeney – who helped Cardiff City to promotion to the Premier League last season – went close to breaking the deadlock with half an hour gone when he saw his effort from 22 yards well tipped over by James Shea.

James Collins went close to grabbing his first goal in League One for the Hatters just 70 seconds into the second half when he nodded down Grant's ball before doing well to get a shot away under pressure, but it was a comfortable save for Howard.

Grant again was creating the hosts trouble shortly after – this time he chipped it over a defender before hammering it from just inside the box on his left foot from a bit of an angle, but Howard palmed it down before gathering.

With the hour mark just past, Collins did well to win a corner out on the far side, Grant whipped it in, Dan Potts rose highest and the ball looked destined to beat Howard, Collins got a touch on it though and sent the ball wide for a goal-kick.

The Hatters edged closer to finding the lead in the 73rd minute when Mpanzu powered forward, outmuscling Jay Spearing to get the ball through to Lee, the striker looked to fire it into the bottom left corner, but his deflected strike was saved by Howard who dived to his right when the ball looked destined to beat the stopper.

With two minutes to go, Lee went desperately close to smashing in a late winner as he cut onto his right foot, before dancing along the edge of the box and letting fly from 20 yards, but Howard again denied the Hatters the goal their play deserved as he dived to his right to palm it away.

The result means the Hatters have now kept two consecutive clean sheets, as they slipped down a place into 12th in the third tier.

BLACKPOOL XI: Howard, Heneghan, Delfouneso (Nottingham 70), Spearing ©, Cullen (Gnanduillet 80), Thompson, Tilt, O'Sullivan, Turton, Feeney, Bola.

ON THE BENCH: Boney, O'Connor, Dodoo, Nottingham, McLaughlin, Gnanduillet, Guy.

YELLOW: Heneghan

TOWN XI: Shea, Stacey, Pearson, Bradley, Potts, Rea (C), Mpanzu, Grant (Cornick 74), Shinnie, Lee, Collins

ON THE BENCH: Isted, Justin, Cornick, Senior, Jarvis, Read, Sheehan.

ATTENDANCE: 4,124

AWAY: 1,382

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