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MATCH PREVIEW | PRESTON NORTH END V LUTON TOWN

The Hatters make the long trip up to Deepdale

13 December 2019

The Hatters take on Preston North End at Deepdale in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow afternoon looking to get back to winning ways.

After suffering a 3-0 defeat to Stoke in midweek, Town dropped down into 21st position but remain three points above the relegation zone.

Preston meanwhile are sixth in the table after beating Fulham 2-1 on Tuesday evening, ending a run of four consecutive defeats.

International supporters are reminded they can follow and stream the game from Deepdale live on iFollow Hatters. Domestic subscribers can tune into Simon Pitts’ full match commentary as well.

 

GRAEME JONES SAID:

(Please note these quotes are taken from Graeme’s press conference on Thursday)

Team news: “We are okay actually. We’ve got Luke Bolton back who recovered from sickness. He had sickness on the bus on the way up so obviously presented other opportunities to people but he’s fit and well and trained today.

“I don’t think Martin Cranie will make it, which is frustrating. Obviously we’re missing him, Izzy Brown, Dan Potts and you would consider them three first-team members. Cranie in the short term we are hoping for Swansea.”

On Preston: “I played with Alex, I was 35 and he’s ten years younger than me. I was the centre-forward and Alex was the number ten, so I know him really well.

“When I left Everton he offered me the opportunity to go to Norwich with him as an assistant and he was also the captain when I was assistant manager at Hamilton. But I know Alex Neil really well and I know what his teams are capable of, there will be no easy second in the game and we need to be aware of that.

“They are the best off the ball team I’ve seen in the Championship this season. They play forced football, off and on the ball they force everything. We need to be ready for that resistance, simple as that.”

 

WHO? 

Founded in 1880, Preston North End have plenty of honours to their name including winning the FA Cup twice in 1889 and 1938. The Lilywhites have won Division Three twice in their history and Division Two four times. They were promoted via the play-offs in 2015 and have been in the Championship ever since.

 

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is 3pm at Deepdale on Saturday 14th December.

 

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

The referee for Saturday’s game is Gavin Ward – who has taken charge of 14 games, dishing out 42 yellows and three red cards.

 

AWAY SUPPORTERS' GUIDE

Preston have kindly sent through their away supporters' guide, which you can read by clicking here.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are available for this fixture up until 1pm on Friday 13th December.

 

PLAYED BEFORE? 

The two sides last met in 2006 playing in the Championship, a game the Hatters won 2-0. Overall Preston have the better head-to-head record with 24 wins, compared with Luton’s 11. There have also been nine draws shared between the two teams, making tomorrow’s game the 45th meeting.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The main blow-by-blow account of the action from Deepdale 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

MATCH REPORT | PRESTON NORTH END 2 LUTON TOWN 1

Town's strong performance not rewarded at Deepdale

14 December 2019

A spirited performance from the Hatters wasn’t rewarded as ex-Town striker Jayden Stockley returned to haunt his former side late on in a 2-1 win for Preston North End.

Having gone ahead through Paul Gallagher early on, Town equalised towards the end of the first half after James Collins converted from the penalty spot.

Stockley would go onto have the final say though having been introduced with 15 minutes to go, as he was able to roll the ball into the back of the net in the 84th minute after it landed at his feet following a six-yard box scramble.

Manager Graeme Jones made four changes from the side that was defeated at Stoke City in midweek, with Luke Bolton returning after illness and Jacob Butterfield, Callum McManaman and Kazenga LuaLua coming into the starting XI. 

Town went behind after five minutes after Matty Pearson gave away a penalty for holding in the penalty area from a corner. Paul Gallagher stepped up to take the spot-kick, Shea stood his ground and saved the effort impressively, but the North End captain was first to the rebound, firing it in to open the scoring.

Luke Berry had a half-chance to put the Town back on level terms as the midfielder sent in a corner, the ball was cleared out to Jacob Butterfield, he found Pearson out on the right who crossed, it found its way to Berry, who sent his effort into the side-netting after 15 minutes.

McManaman then saw his low effort from just inside the box deflected behind for a corner – that was crossed in Berry had a shot blocked before an effort from Bree was also saw his strike fly into a defender.

With 21 minutes on the clock, Pearson came to the rescue as he cleared Billy Bodin’s effort off the line with Alan Browne sliding in just behind ready to tuck it away.

With three minutes to go before half-time, Town pushed for an equaliser and found one, as Callum McManaman was upended in the box. Collins made no mistake from the box, firing down the middle, as Declan Rudd dived to his right.

It was Collins' seventh goal of the season and 52nd in a Town shirt, and it gave the Hatters something to protect as they came back out in resolute manner after the break.

North End didn't threaten as the well-organised and determined Luton side looked to hit the high-flying hosts on the break.

That plan looked to have paid off as Town had a glorious opportunity to take the lead in the 80th minute as Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu’s clearance was raced onto by substitute Harry Cornick, who was clean through on goal, but saw his low effort saved by Rudd.

Within seconds Mpanzu had the ball back in the danger area and fired at goal, only for Rudd to tip his powerful shot over the bar.

The Hatters would come to rue the missed opportunity, as former Town loanee Stockley was able to pass the ball into the back of the net from close ranger after it rolled kindly for him in the box after the Hatters had blocked a succession of efforts.

The result lifts North End up to third in the Championship table, while the Town remain 21st - two points above the drop zone - heading into two home fixtures against Swansea and Fulham.

 

Town: Shea, Bolton, Pearson, Bradley ©, Bree, Mpanzu, Butterfield (Tunnicliffe 61), Berry, McManaman, LuaLua, Collins.

Subs not used: Sluga, Shinnie, Cornick, Moncur, Jones, Sheehan.

Goals: Collins 43

Yellows: LuaLua, Berry, Bradley

PNE: Rudd, Fisher, Pearson, Browne, Gallagher (C), Hughes, Bauer, Huntington, Maguire, Nugent (Harrop 56), Bodin (Stockley 75).

Subs not used: Hudson, Clarke, Ledson, Stockley, Barkhuizen, Potts.

Goals: Gallagher 5, Stockley 84

Referee: Gavin Ward

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