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MATCH PREVIEW | BRISTOL CITY V LUTON TOWN

Town take on the Robins at Ashton Gate

27 December 2019

The Hatters head to Bristol City on Sunday on the back of a strong performance against Fulham, with Graeme Jones’ team looking to secure their first win on the road since September.

Promising performances in recent matches against Preston North End, Swansea City and Fulham have only yielded a point, but have certainly demonstrated the Hatters have gone some way to acclimatising to life in the Championship.

They take on a Bristol City side who Town enjoyed their biggest win of the campaign against so far, turning Lee Johnson’s side over 3-0 at Kenilworth Road.

The Robins had been on a ten-game unbeaten run up to that point, and seemed to return to business as usual in their following games, but have suffered four consecutive defeats, most recently on Thursday afternoon at Charlton Athletic.

International supporters can follow and stream the Boxing Day action live on iFollow Hatters, while domestic subscribers can tune into Simon Pitts’ full match commentary.

 

GRAEME JONES SAID:

(Please note, these quotes were taken from Graeme Jones’ press conference after Fulham)

On substituting Kazenga LuaLua in the draw with Fulham: “Kaz had gone physically, he had given an awful lot in the game. They were playing with a front five and a front two, and that was a decision to stop that.

“Then they score from a set-piece which isn’t general play, but then I made sure I had the option that it was a back three and a back five because Bree and Bolton can attack, we scored the third goal from it. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.”

On facing Bristol City and the performance against the Cottagers: “Great, bring it on. I love where we are, that performance inspired me, I saw real maturity. I saw lack of respect to the opponent that I love, nine weeks ago we weren’t capable of. I am so pleased with the progress, now we have to have that consistency of that level of performance. I know we will be OK.

“I loved the lack of respect – with the greatest respect to Fulham, the football club and Scott and Stuart are great people. But I loved how we imposed ourselves on the game both physically, technically and tactically. So it’s only a positive day for me.

“There’s only positives. I am sure if I dissect the goals, then I will say ‘well he should’ve done this and he should have done that’, and then if Fulham do the same they will say the same thing. For me it’s about the overall performance and the overall intention and if you do that, the next time we play, we will get a positive result and that is where we are in this league now. Highly delighted.”

 

WHO?

A side that have spent brief spells in League One, but a majority of the last ten years in the Championship, Bristol City are again pushing up the division, having finished the last campaign in eighth.

Sat in tenth in the second tier, the Robins have had mixed results at home, winning four, drawing four and losing three.

 

WHEN & WHERE?

Kick-off is 3pm at Ashton Gate on Sunday 29th December.

 

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Having overseen 18 games so far this campaign, Oliver Langford has shown 65 yellow cards and two reds.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for this fixture come off general sale at 2pm on Friday 27th December.

 

PLAYED BEFORE?

The Hatters defeated the Robins 3-0 at Kenilworth Road in the reverse fixture of Sunday’s game. Luton have faced the Robins 58 times in all competitions. Bristol City narrowly hold the upper hand with 21 wins, Luton have 20 wins and the two have shared drawn 17 times.

 

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.

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/

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Match Reports

REPORT | BRISTOL CITY 3 LUTON TOWN 0

Hatters end the decade with defeat on the road at play-off chasing City

29 December 2019

The Hatters suffered a 3-0 defeat at Bristol City this afternoon in the final game of the decade.

Three days after a heroic performance against high-flying Fulham at Kenilworth Road, when the Town were denied a win by a 94th-minute goal, Graeme Jones' side went down to efforts from Marley Watkins, Famara Diedhiou - from the penalty spot - and Andreas Weimann as the hosts moved up to eighth in the table.

Jones made two changes for the Hatters' sixth game of December; the first enforced, with James Shea returning in goal in place of the injured Simon Sluga. The other switch saw Harry Cornick come back into the attack from kick-off, with Callum McManaman starting from the bench where he was joined by Martin Cranie, who replaced Lloyd Jones.

The hosts came into the match on a four-game losing streak, but they made the perfect start by taking a fourth-minute lead as Watkins stooped to head in Niclas Eliasson's cross from the left.

Lee Johnson's side dominated the opening 15 minutes in terms of possession, but they did not trouble Shea's goal further and gradually the Hatters started to come into the game, Cornick quickly closing keeper Daniel Bentley down to force a throw-in before whipping in a dangerous cross that the home defence did well to clear.

Matty Pearson then got his head on a left-wing cross from Kazenga LuaLua, but couldn't direct it on target, before Shea held onto a 15-yard shot from Weimann at the other end.

The Town keeper then had to tip a 25-yarder from City captain Liam Brownhill around the post, before comfortably fielding an acrobatic volley from the edge of the box from Diedhiou.

Soon after the half-hour Luke Berry became the first player into referee Oliver Langford's notepad for dragging Diedhiou down 30 yards from goal. Brownhill hit the free-kick well over the bar.

Shea's reactions were sharp to deny Watkins a second on 35 minutes, as the Robins' right winger met another Eliasson cross with a downward header at the far post, but the Town keeper pushed it away at the foot of the post.

City extended their lead a minute before half-time when Diedhiou converted a penalty after LuaLua was penalised for a trip on Hunt as the right-back burst into the penalty area.

Jones made one change at the break as Cranie came on for Bolton, with Bree switching to right wing-back and the substitute going into the heart of a back three.

The Town's first real chances came ten minutes into the half. First, they worked to ball to Cornick on the right side of the penalty area and the forward's low shot beat Bentley, but Hunt got back to hack clear off the line. Then Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu hit a powerful curler from the edge of the box that just didn't come back enough.
 
Diedhiou called Shea into action again at the other end with a header after Sonny Bradley had been booked for a foul, then Moncur was introduced for Tunnicliffe on the hour.
 
By the 66th minute, however, it was 3-0 as Andreas Weimann converted Hunt's cross at the near post with a clever flicked finish.
 
Alan Sheehan came on as the Town's third substitute with ten minutes left, and within a minute he cushioned a lay-off for Cornick to strike at goal, only for a deflection to send it over the bar. Mpanzu tried his luck from distance as City cleared the resulting corner, but the midfielder's shot was off target.
 
The result leaves the Town 23rd in the Championship table, level on points with Stoke and Barnsley and one above bottom club Wigan ahead of the New Year's Day trip to Millwall.

 

TOWN: Shea, Bolton (Cranie 46), Pearson, Bradley (c), Bree, Tunnicliffe (Moncur 60), Mpanzu, Berry, Cornick, LuaLua (Sheehan 80), Collins.

Subs: McManaman, Shinnie, Moncur, Butterfield, Stech.

Yellows: Berry, Collins, Bradley, Pearson

 

ROBINS: Bentley, Hunt, Dasilva (Rowe 68), Nagy, Brownhill (c), Diedhiou (Rodri 84), Weimann, Watkins (Smith 80), Eliasson, Kalas, Williams.

Subs: Maenpaa (GK), Semenyo, Moore, Massengo.

Goals: Watkins 4, Diedhiou 44, Weimann 66

Yellows: Williams

 

REFEREE: Oliver Langford

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