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MATCH PREVIEW | SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v LUTON TOWN

Hillsborough - 7:45pm - Pay on the night - Live on iFollow Hatters

20 August 2019

The Hatters travel north today for their fourth game in the Sky Bet Championship, aiming to record their first league victory of the season when they take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

It is the second time this calendar year that the Town have been to one of English football's traditional arenas, having drawn 0-0 in the FA Cup third round last January while still a League One club, in what proved to be Nathan Jones' last game in charge.

Mick Harford was in interim control by the time the Owls visited Kenilworth Road ten days later for the replay, and only a fortuitous Atdhe Nuhiu goal, which took a hefty deflection off Town skipper Sonny Bradley, proved the difference between the sides as the Hatters more than matched a team bossed by Steve Agnew, while would-be manager Steve Bruce was on holiday in the Caribbean.

Bruce arrived home and steered the Yorkshire outfit to 12th place, before controversially leaving in the summer to take over at Newcastle United, with Lee Bullen taking over as caretaker for a second time - just as he had prior to the Hatters' visit last season.

With the Hatters now under the guidance of Graeme Jones, both sides are finding their feet after managerial changes but the Town travel with confidence despite suffering successive defeats to promotion tips Cardiff and West Brom - both by 2-1 scorelines - after an entertaining 3-3 draw with Middlesbrough on the opening weekend.

Performances have deserved more than that one point, which sees them start the game in 21st position level with Boro, Huddersfield and Stoke, while victories in their opening two games against Reading and Barnsley - before Saturday's 1-0 loss at Millwall - have Wednesday in sixth place at kick-off.

If you’re not making the journey to Hillsborough, make sure you buy a £10 match pass to watch the game live on iFollow Hatters with Simon Pitts’ live commentary and the enhanced four-camera coverage making it a superb substitute for the real thing!

 

GRAEME JONES SAID:

On the Saturday-Tuesday schedule in the Championship: "I don’t want to make excuses, because I can talk about Middlesbrough, about Cardiff, West Brom - they’re a difficult opponent, they weren’t easy. But I don’t think about the schedule, I just think about the next game, who we’re facing, let's be competitive again, let's see if we can improve again, and if we improve again, we’ll start taking more points. But at the beginning, I asked us to be competitive in every single game, and we have been. We've been in every single game and we’re still finding out things. We’ve still got three new signings who haven’t started in a Championship fixture yet - Brendan Gallloway, Kazenga LuaLua, so we’re still working towards something, but as long as the improvement’s there, and then that improvement turns into points, then I’ll be happy."

On facing Sheffield Wednesday: "They play 4-1-4-1, a really aggressive press, they are really well organised. I know Lee Bullen from our days in the Scottish Premier League. I used to play against him – an aggressive centre-half. They know how to defend and they can hurt you on transition. They’ve got Fletcher up front, obviously with the direct ball, which gets them up the pitch. Hillsborough is one of the unique environments in British football, so all these things, all these variables, we have to deal with them and that’s why everybody wanted to be in the Championship. It’s my job to prepare the group and make sure that they are psychologically, physically and tactically prepared for the game, and we will be."

On Owls caretaker boss Bullen: "Lee took over last Christmas period and had a fantastic run of results. He’s a good man, Lee, and was very unfortunate not to get the job. Again, he’s shown in the first three games how competitive he is as a coach and how competitive the club is. It’s a huge football club. I was a Newcastle supporter and I remember the team going to Hillsborough and there were 48,000 people there. It’s a great football club and we went there last season in the FA Cup, so it’s not on unfamiliar territory and I hope it’s a game that we are all looking forward to."

On the benefit of that FA Cup third round tie at Hillsborough last January: "Culturally there is going to be no shock. I think those type of things in the Championship help. We are all better for experience and hopefully that’ll be the case tomorrow."

 

WHO?

A club with such a rich history, Sheffield Wednsday nearly made a Premier League return both in the 2015/16 campaign and the following year, missing out both times as they were defeated in the play-offs. They spent eight consecutive seasons in the top tier, before suffering relegation in 2000. Their slump continued and they have had spells in League One. They have won the FA Cup on three occasions, the most recent of those was in 1935, whilst they were runners up in 1993. The Owls have opened their second tier campaign with two wins seeing them top of the early table, before going to by a solitary goal at Millwall on Saturday to leave them sixth after three matches.

 

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 7.45pm at Hillsborough on Tuesday 20th August.

 

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

David Webb will take charge of the game at Hillsborough. So far this season the Lancashire official has refereed Wigan v Cardiff and West Bromwich Albion against Millwall, issuing nine yellow cards over the two fixtures. He is still to brandish a red, but last season he sent off five players in his 34 matches, showing yellow on 102 occasions.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are now off-sale from the LTFC ticket office but Sheffield Wednesday have agreed that Hatters fans travelling to Hillsborough can pay on the night. These turnstiles will be cash only and they will open from 6.30pm. Please note that there will be no Under-5s prices available on the day, however, and all Under-11s will be £10.

 

PRICES:

Adult: £30.00

65 and over: £20.00

Under-21: £20.00

Under-17: £15.00

Under-11: £10.00

 

PLAYED BEFORE?

Town have taken on Wednesday on 59 occasions, our last being a 1-0 defeat against them in January this year in the FA Cup third round replay at Kenilworth Road, following a goalless draw at Hillsborough. Of those 59 games, the Hatters have won 16 times, drawn 21 and lost on 22 occasions.

 

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The main blow-by-blow account of the action from Hillsborough 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:

Twitter – @LutonTown

Facebook – www.facebook.com/LutonTown/

Instagram – www.instagram.com/ltfc_official/

 

WATCH LIVE ON IFOLLOW HATTERS

As ever, Simon 'Statto' Pitts will be on hand to provide commentary for iFollow Hatters which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

For midweek matches, supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the live stream along with overseas viewers. To do so, click here to purchase a £10 match pass so you don't miss a kick!

 

 

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Match Reports

SHEFF WEDNESDAY 1 LUTON TOWN 0

The Hatters go down by the odd goal for the third game running

20 August 2019

Luton went down 1-0 at Hillsborough to a Kadeem Harris winner early in the second half with a mix-up at the back proving their downfall.

Goalkeeper Simon Sluga’s throw was stolen off Ryan Tunnicliffe’s toe by Jacob Murphy on the edge of Town’s area and the wide man picked out Stephen Fletcher at the back post to where the Scottish international nodded down for the tap-in.

 

It was a blow that the Hatters could not recover from after a promising first half performance. 

 

Graeme Jones made three changes to the side that lost to West Bromwich Albion, with Kazenga LuaLua handed his first start of the season along with Andrew Shinnie and James Bree.

 

That was at the expense of Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu - the first league game the midfielder had not started since the 2-1 home win over Mansfield on April 2, 2018 - Dan Potts and Callum McManaman.

 

It started so well for Town though, and Tunnicliffe will be kicking himself to have blazed over from 12 yards in the ninth minute after receiving the ball back from LuaLua.

 

The winger then stung keeper Keiren Westwood’s palms from distance and, though it proved too hot to handle, the rebound didn’t fall to a Town player.

 

Hatters keeper Sluga produced a wonderful flying save to beat away Harris’ curler, moments after Harry Cornick beat the last defender to a long ball but somehow had the ball nicked away from him.

 

Shinnie almost left egg on Westwood’s face, volleying back the keeper’s poor clearance after James Collins had chased him down, but the number one recovered to tip over.

 

Sonny Bradley saw a header from Jacob Butterfield’s corner, dip just over and when the teams walked off at the break, small sections of the home support turned on their side.  

 

However, the hosts improved after half time and took the lead ten minutes in through Harris.

 

Martin Cranie then had to depart, pulling up after clearance and getting stretchered off, for Bolton to replace him.

 

Fletcher had the ball in Luton’s net in the 66th minute but it was ruled offside and the Scottish international then saw a header fly dangerously close with Sluga well beaten. 

 

Luton laboured at the other end until late on but when they found themselves deep in Wednesday territory Cornick swung and missed, while Bolton, making his league debut for Luton, had a heavy touch in the penalty area which allowed a recovering block and, with that, a chance to take a point from the contest. 

 

TOWN: Sluga, Cranie (Bolton 59), Pearson, Bradley (c), Bree, Butterfield (Mpanzu 74), Shinnie, Tunnicliffe, LuaLua (Brown 69), Collins, Cornick. Subs not used: Lee, Moncur, Jones, Shea.

 

REFEREE: David Webb

 

ATT: 23,353 

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