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MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN V SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Town welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Kenilworth Road this evening...

12 February 2020

The Hatters are back in Sky Bet Championship action when they welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Kenilworth Road tonight.

After suffering a 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City on Saturday, Town will look to put things right against Garry Monk’s side as they bid to climb off the foot of the table.

The Owls are four games without a win but remain six points away from the play-off places.

 

Graeme Jones said:

(Please note, these quotes were taken from Graeme's press conference yesterday)

On Garry Monk: "Garry was our captain when we won the League One title at Swansea. Me and him have got a brilliant relationship, two men who are always straight with each other. We had one or two problems, fights in the dressing room!

"But we have remained incredibly close friends, he text me last night, I text him back. But Garry knows the game, he knows I want to beat him tomorrow, 100 per cent. But I am looking forward to seeing him, because he is somebody that I respect.

"He was a leader in our dressing room, and the whole world is looking for leaders. When nobody wanted to step up to the plate, Garry did it. He did it at Swansea, he did at Leeds, he did at Birmingham, he did it at Middlesbrough, he’s done it now at Sheffield Wednesday. Big football clubs and with his character, he is more than capable."

On the Owls' recent results: "The Championship brings up strange results, it tests you every week, it tests your resources, you see strange results sometimes because teams cant rotate, sometimes play the same players and I am sure that had a huge bearing on what happened to us at Brentford.

"Garry has beat Leeds 2-0 and lost at home heavily and I think his results have been up and down, but I think that’s what everyone talks about when they talk about the nature of the Championship – it’s a fair reflection of it."

On Wednesday's strengths: "They have got good players – Jacob Murphy who we had at West Brom last season, they have got Fernando Forestieri, they have got Adam Reach who is a proven Championship player, they have brought in Josh Windass.

"They have got lots of individuals that can swing games for them. But they’re a well organised team, a really robust Championship team, it hasn’t complicated things and it will be a tough game."

 

Who?

Sheffield Wednesday have plenty of history to their name since they were formed in 1867. The Owls have lifted the FA Cup three times but more recently they won the Football League Cup in 1991.

Early in the 1900s they were First Division champions four times, but they have been absent from the top flight for 20 years now.

 

When and where?

Kick-off is 7:45pm on Wednesday 12th February at Kenilworth Road.

 

Man in the middle?

Gavin Ward takes charge of his 25th game of the campaign this evening, having dished out 80 yellow cards and three red cards in his previous 24 outings.

 

Ticket information

Tickets for this evening’s game are still available from the Ticket Office. More info can be found here.

 

Played before?

The two sides met at Hillsborough back in August and Sheffield Wednesday were 1-0 victors on that evening.

The Owls also have the superior head-to-head record against the Hatters, with 23 wins compared to Luton’s 16, whilst there have been 21 draws.

 

Follow the action

The main blow-by-blow action 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:

Twitter – @LutonTown

Facebook – www.facebook.com/LutonTown/

Instagram – www.instagram.com/ltfc_official/

 

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT | LUTON TOWN 1-0 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

James Collins' first half strike gives the Hatters deserved win over Owls

12 February 2020

The Hatters moved off the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship with a well-earned three points as they defeated Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at Kenilworth Road this evening.

James Collins scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half after he missed a penalty in the first minute of the match.

The result marks the second clean sheet Town have kept in the league this season, lifting them off the foot of the table and to within seven points of safety.

Graeme Jones made one change to the starting line-up following defeat against Cardiff City on Saturday, with captain Sonny Bradley returning in place of Cameron Carter-Vickers. Danny Hylton started amongst the substitutes, involved in the matchday squad for the first time since March last year.

The game kicked-off in the most remarkable fashion as the Hatters were awarded a penalty after 15 seconds. Izzy Brown played the ball through to Pelly Ruddock-Mpanzu, who was dragged to the ground and referee Gavin Ward pointed to the spot. Collins stepped up but smashed his effort off the bar.

After Wednesday regrouped and produced attacks of their own, Ryan Tunnicliffe had an effort on goal which Cameron Dawson did well to hold. Dan Potts switched play from the left which Tunnicliffe dummied and left for James Bree, who produced a low ball in towards the midfielder, which he caught on the half-volley but it was rebuffed by the goalkeeper.

Town continued to make chances and in the 18th minute, Mpanzu whipped a ball into the box for Collins, who chested down towards Brown, but he skewed his left-footed effort just wide of the post.

After missing a penalty in the early stages, Collins made amends by scoring the opening goal in the 23rd minute. Cornick caught the Owls at the back, rounded Dawson and squared the ball back to Collins, who fired into an unguarded net.

The striker had another presentable chance fall his way just after scoring his 10th goal of the season, but as Mpanzu’s miss-hit shot fell to him, he could only fire over the bar.

Simon Sluga produced a fine save to deny substitute Kadeem Harris on the hour mark, who struck well from outside the area.

Wednesday were pushing for an equaliser and came very close to getting it just a few minutes later. Harris this time turned provider and teed up defender Julian Borner, but from close range he could only head wide.

In the closing stages Town had the ball in the back of the net once more as Brown’s corner was lashed in by Potts, though a foul on Dawson before he fired home meant the goal was ruled out and celebrations were cut short.

The Hatters endured a nervy five minutes of added time but held on to gain a valuable three points with a game against Middlesbrough next up on Saturday.

 

TOWN: Sluga, Bree, Pearson, Bradley (C), Potts, Tunnicliffe, Rea, Mpanzu, Brown (Shinnie 90), Cornick (Hylton 68), Collins. Subs not used: Shea, McManaman, Carter-Vickers, Moncur, LuaLua.

Goals: Collins (23)

Yellows: Brown, Bree, Rea

 

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Dawson, Iorfa, Lees (C), Borner, Palmer (Murphy 71), Lee, Bannan, Da Cruz, Windass (Nuhiu 61), Forestieri (Harris 45), Wickham. Subs not used: Wildsmith, Pelupessy, Hunt, Urhoghide.

Yellows: Wickham

 

Referee: Gavin Ward 

Attendance: 10,001 (1,018 away)

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