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MATCH PREVIEW | DERBY COUNTY V LUTON TOWN

4 October 2019

The Hatters face Derby County at Pride Park tomorrow afternoon as Graeme Jones’ team aim to stretch their unbeaten run to three games.

With victory over Blackburn Rovers last Saturday and a draw against Millwall on Wednesday night, Town currently sit 17th, just one place and one point below their opponents on Saturday.

The game comes before the international break and the Hatters will hope to go into the two-week period with a win, like they did in August after beating Huddersfield 2-1 at Kenilworth Road.

Derby were denied a valuable three points on Wednesday night as Barnsley scored a 94th minute equaliser, whereas Luton fought back against Millwall to score a late leveller of their own.

The Rams are currently unbeaten in four matches, but should the Hatters triumph at Pride Park, they could go as high as 12th in the table – if results go their way.

International supporters will be able to stream and follow the game at Pride Park live on iFollow Hatters. Subscribers can also tune in to Simon Pitts’ full match commentary as well.

GRAEME JONES SAID:

Please note these quotes are taken from Graeme’s press conference earlier on today

On how the squad is looking and their fitness: “No knocks really (from Millwall). We’ve got one or two more physical decisions to make at the weekend, obviously it’s just over 48 hours (since Wednesday night) until we play Derby so we definitely have to take that into consideration and utilise the squad, that’s why we’ve been working with the group of players in the Carabao Cup.

“You now see the benefit of the Carabao Cup, we had three really competitive games which we took a lot from, so we’re assessing people when we train this afternoon and tomorrow morning about how they feel, but I’m not frightened to use the players we’ve got in the squad, they’ve been worked exactly the same from day one as everybody else in the squad – tactically, technically and physically. We’re constantly assessing and we will see where we are tomorrow.”

On the three impact substitutes against Millwall: “That’s what we ask for, I want a problem, I want to have a problem to deal with. The back three shape that we played in the last ten minutes looked really effective so that’s something else we’re looking at going into the game, but personnel will dictate that.

“I liked many, many things that I saw on Wednesday night, it was really satisfying but obviously we need to go to Derby and we need to be competitive. We have to give Derby full respect, they play 4-2-3-1 and they’ve got exceptional individuals. They have obviously spent a lot of money on players, so we just need to go there and be ready for the fixture.”

On the game: “I think Derby have only lost two games this season, we’re expecting a really, really competitive game and one we have to be ready for.”

 

WHO?

Relegated from the Premier League in 2008, Derby have reached the play-off final twice since but failed to reach the top-flight on both occasions. Manager Phillip Cocu took over in the summer, succeeding Frank Lampard - who led the Rams to a sixth place finish last season.

 

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is 3pm at Pride Park Stadium on Saturday 5th October.

 

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

The referee for Saturday’s game is Geoff Eltringham – who has taken charge of eight games this season, six of which have been in the Championship. Eltringham has dished out 25 yellow cards as well as two reds.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

The Town Ticket Office would like to advise that 2,529 tickets have been sold for tomorrow’s fixture at Derby County. The Rams have agreed that they will make further tickets available in the away section to purchase on the day if supporters still wish to travel. There is a price increase, with tickets costing: Adults: £32.00, 18-21s: £22.00, Seniors: £21.00, Under 18s: £17.00, 2-12: £11.00. Tickets will need to be purchased from the away ticket cabin at the south-east corner of the stadium.

 

PLAYED BEFORE?

Luton and Derby have played each other 41 times in all competitions, though their last meeting dates back to 2007. Derby narrowly hold the upper hand with 16 wins, while Luton have 15 wins and the two sides have drawn 10 times.

 

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The main blow-by-blow action account of the action from Pride Park 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

DERBY COUNTY 2 LUTON TOWN 0

A goal in each half sees the Town defeated at Pride Park

5 October 2019

The Hatters fell to a 2-0 defeat at Derby County this afternoon despite a promising second half showing at Pride Park.

A Matty Pearson own goal and a second half strike from Tom Lawrence secured all three points for the hosts.

Town had their fair share of chances but couldn’t extend their unbeaten run having picked up a victory at Blackburn last Saturday and a draw at home to Millwall in midweek.

Derby took the lead in the 11th minute after Simon Sluga mis-controlled Pearson’s back-pass and it rolled into the back of the net.

Town had a great chance to get back into the game eight minutes later, but James Collins fired over the bar from close range after James Bree picked him out well with a low cross.

The hosts had a golden opportunity to double their lead as they broke forward from a Town free-kick ten minutes before half-time - Chris Martin was bearing down on goal and tried to square the ball across to Florian Jozefzoon, but the pass had too much on it and it went behind for a goal kick.

Collins had a second effort just before half-time – albeit a half chance – but his header from Callum McManaman’s cross went well wide of the target.

The Hatters started the second period on top and had a number of chances to show for it.

First Harry Cornick’s cross into the box was just about cleared by Kelle Roos, before Ryan Tunnicliffe fired over the bar from close range.

Town were knocking on the door, but Derby created a good chance of their own amid a flurry of Luton attacks.

Krystian Bielik switched the ball wide to Lawrence, the winger then cut in but wrapped his right-footed shot just wide of the post.

Substitute Izzy Brown produced a brilliant bit of skill in midfield to create space and play Cornick into the left side of the area, but the forward's first touch took him wide, away from a shooting chance, and Roos gathered his cross.

Within a minute, and against the run of play after a sustained period of pressure from the Hatters, Derby scored their second in the 70th minute, as Lawrence’s cross from the right went straight into the back of the net.

Substitute Kazenga LuaLua had a late effort saved by Roos as the Hatters couldn’t find a consolation goal.

Town sit 18th heading into the international break, with Bristol City next up at Kenilworth Road.

 

TOWN: Sluga, Bree, Pearson, Bradley, Potts, Tunnicliffe, Shinnie (Bolton 81), Mpanzu, McManaman (Brown 63), Cornick (LuaLua 74), Collins.

Subs not used: Lee, Jones, Butterfield, Shea

DERBY: Roos, Bogle, Clarke, Davies, Malone, Shinnie, Bielik (Wisdom 89), Lawrence, Patterson (Holmes 84), Jozefzoon, Martin (Waghorn 73).

Subs not used: Hamer, Dowell, Lowe, Knight

Yellows: Shinnie

Goals: Pearson (OG) 11, Lawrence 70

 

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 27,944 (2,606 away fans)

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