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13 August 2019

The Hatters welcome Ipswich Town to Kenilworth Road this evening for the first round of the Carabao Cup - our second time meeting the Tractor Bosin three years.

Tonight’s game will not be available to watch on iFollow Hatters, but Simon Pitts’ full match commentary will be available as usual.

A lot has changed for both teams since our last meeting in August 2017, with the Hatters now a division above the Tractor Boys, having been playing two divisions below them.

A face supporters will recognise in the opposition's ranks is midfielder Flynn Downes, who spent time on loan at Kenilworth Road in our League Two promotion winning campaign. We spoke to Flynn ahead of tonight’s game, with the 20-year-old’s interview available in this evening’s edition of Our Town.

The winner of this evening's match will be ball number 20 in the southern section draw for the next round of the competition.

Car parking will be available at Power Court for supporters who have printed off a permit, which you can access by clicking here.

Tickets for the game will be available to purchase on the night, with the visitors bringing over 1,000 supporters along.


Please be aware - these quotes are taken from Graeme’s press conference on Monday

On the team he will pick for tonight’s game: “I haven’t made my mind up yet. I want to see how the group from the weekend comes back today, see if they’re fresh and we’ll have a look tonight. We’ll have a training session tonight in preparation for tomorrow. The priority for me is to be as competitive as we can, to win the game, so that will be my first port of call."

On injuries going into the game: “Cranie is okay, he had cramp [on Saturday]. When you see someone stretching their calves, I was thinking, we don’t want to lose Martin Cranie with a torn calf. So we got him off and got James Bree on who’s an able replacement, but he’s fine. Sluga went down and scared everybody because we had made three subs. But I was prepared for every eventuality as I had to pick a goalkeeper quite quickly, but Simon’s fine. I think James Collins was up for the challenge, whether I selected him or not, I don’t know. Alan Sheehan trained really well the last two days and Danny Hylton has had a good period of work now, as has Kaz. So apart from young Jake Peck and Frankie Musonda, we’ve got a fully fit group to choose from.”

On Harry Cornick’s impact from the bench: “I have been impressed. Harry’s more than just pace, I think it’s unfair just to say that. His understanding has been good, off the ball and on the ball, but his attitude is fantastic. There’s no point having that equipment if you haven’t got the right attitude. We spoke about contribution, he’s come off the bench and been ready to contribute, so that’s all you want from everyone.”


Following some close returns to the top tier as they finished in the play-off spots, Ipswich began to slip down the Championship, before their relegation last season as they finished bottom. Paul Lambert was unable to stop them falling into the third tier, but has galvanised a team that struggled last year. Decent purchases in the transfer window as well as keeping the core of last season’s team bodes well for the new campaign, notably with James Norwood signed on a free after he left Tranmere Rovers. Former Hatters loanee Flynn Downes has started both of the Tractor Boys’ league fixtures so far.


Kick-off is at 7.45pm at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 13th August.


Tonight's game will be overseen by David Webb, who has taken charge of two games this campaign, showing nine yellow cards.


Tickets are available for purchase on the day, with cash turnstiles available around the ground for home supporters.


If you're an Ipswich supporter making your way to Kenilworth Road this evening, make sure you have a read of our away supporters' guide to get the most out of your trip to Luton.


We met at this stage of the competition just two seasons ago, that match was also played at Kenilworth Road when Ipswich were a Championship team and the Hatters were in League Two. David McGoldrick netted twice in a 2-0 win for the Tractor Boys.


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 main moments from the game will appear on the Hatters' social media feeds:

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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 watch live on iFollow Hatters, due to it not being a league fixture.

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Match Reports


Hatters book second round trip to Cardiff with home victory

13 August 2019

The Hatters booked their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup tonight with a comprehensive win over Sky Bet League One side Ipswich at Kenilworth Road, marking manager Graeme Jones’ first victory in charge of the Town.

On a night when deadline day loan signings Luke Bolton, James Bree and Izzy Brown all made impressive full debuts, as well as suummer recruit Brendan Galloway, there was a first for Lloyd Jones too, as the centre-half got the ball rolling with his opening goal for the club in the eighth minute.

Elliot Lee doubled the advantage from the penalty spot ten minutes later, then Andrew Shinnie – wearing the captain’s armband for the first time – made it three with a second-half free-kick.

Ipswich pulled one back with just over 15 minutes to play through teenage debutant Armando Dobra, but it was the Town who progressed to a second round tie away at Cardiff, and the perfect opportunity to avenge last Saturday’s last-minute defeat in the Welsh capital.

Jones made 11 changes from that game, with James Shea returning in goal behind a back four of Bolton, Bree, Jones and Brendan Galloway, another making his competitive debut for the club.

Luke Berry anchored the midfield with Shinnie, Brown and Lee ahead of him, supplying a front two of Harry Cornick and Kazenga LuaLua, who played his first 45 minutes since returning to the club three weeks ago.

Brown started with a delightful turn with his first touch, ghosting past his man in midfield, before sending a shot on target with just 80 seconds on the clock.

Before long, Cornick was racing onto a slide-rule pass from Lee, only for his shot to be deflected onto the crossbar.

The goal wasn’t long in coming, and Brown was the architect, bending in a lovely cross that Jones met with a thumping header into the top corner that gave Tractor Boys’ keeper Will Norris no chance.

Dobra shot straight at Shea and Andre Dozzell bent a free-kick high over the bar as Ipswich mounted a response, but by the 18th minute the lead had doubled – Lee brought down by Josh Emmanuel just inside the box, and the ex-West Ham man sending Norris the wrong way from the spot.

Ipswich enjoyed a decent spell of possession over the next ten minutes, but LuaLua was unlucky with an attempted flick around the back of his heel, before the forward had another effort blocked after Brown set Cornick free down the right, Berry side-footing the loose ball just wide from 18 yards.

Brown was running the show, and within 35 minutes the fans were singing the new-boy’s name as he drove at the Ipswich defence and slipped the ball to his left to Lee, whose attempted curler was beaten behind by Norris.

Shea was keen to get in on the act and his drilled 70-yard ball over left-back Emyr Huws’ head set Cornick clear again on the right, and Shinnie almost made it pay a dividend with a shot that whistled just past the post, shortly before Berry saw another effort from outside the box blocked.

Jones made a double change at half-time, bringing on Josh Neufville and Martin Cranie for Bolton and LuaLua.

Brown was delighting the crowd with his balance and vision, and after carrying the ball from halfway, he once again slipped Lee in to his left for the attacking move that led to the third goal, with Shinnie being tripped on the edge of the box, then curling the 55th-minute free-kick home himself.

Brown’s next act was to tee up Lee for a shot that was straight at Norris, then Cornick down the right, picked out the Chelsea loanee, but his shot deflected wide for a corner.

Ipswich mounted a rare attack just after the hour when Shea had to be alert to tip over an Andre Dozzell drive, then Galloway cleared a dangerous looking effort from Roberts before Brown left the pitch to a standing ovation in the 66th minute.

Norris raced off his line to deny Callum McManaman, Brown’s replacement, after some wonderful link-up play with Lee on the edge of the box, then the former Wigan and West Brom forward let fly with a left-footer from 25 yards that drew an oohh from the crowd, but it flew high and handsome.

Ipswich pulled a goal back with a deflected strike from Dobra with just over a quarter of an hour to go, but almost immediately Bree came within a whisker of restoring the three-goal advantage as he climbed highest to meet a skied clearance from a corner, but his header went just wide with Norris flapping.


TOWN: Shea, Bolton (Neufville 46), Bree, Jones, Galloway, Berry, Shinnie ©, Brown (McManaman 66), Lee, LuaLua (Cranie 46), Cornick. Subs: Jervis, Moncur, Panter, Stech.

Goals: Jones 8, Lee (pen) 18, Shinnie 55

Yellow: Lee

IPSWICH: Norris, Emmanuel, Chambers ©, Wilson, Clements, Edwards (Rowe 61), Dozzell, Huws (Downes 66), Dobra, Roberts, Judge (Jackson 77). Subs: Holy (GK), Skuse, Jackson, Nolan

Yellows: Judge, Roberts, Dobra, Emmanuel

Goal: Dobra 74

REFEREE: Brett Huxtable

ATT: 5,433 (1,064 away)

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