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29 January 2022 Venue Kenilworth Road Attendance

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Match Preview | Blackburn Rovers (H)

27 January 2022

The Hatters are hoping to secure back-to-back wins when they welcome promotion-chasing Blackburn Rovers to Kenilworth Road on Saturday.

Nathan Jones’ side were far from their best in the 2-1 win against Bristol City in midweek but will look to continue their good run of form against the top teams in the division.

 

The opposition:

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Blackburn Rovers are the surprise package of the Sky Bet Championship this season and currently sit in the automatic promotion places having lost just two matches in the league since November 3rd.

Their fortunes changed for the better after Fulham inflicted a heavy 7-0 defeat on Rovers but with the help of striker Ben Brereton Diaz, who has 20 goals to his name, they have given themselves a fighting chance of returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2012.

 

Last time we met:

It was the late, late show as Luke Berry rescued a point in the 98th minute as the Hatters battled back from two goals down to draw at Ewood Park!

Highlights from that meeting can be found via our YouTube channel below...

 

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UK-based supporters will NOT be able to watch the match on iFollow as this is a Saturday home fixture.

However, fans can tune into Simon Pitts’ match commentary via iFollow by purchasing an audio match pass for a single game, a month or for the season. Prices for all three options can be found HERE.

 

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Referee: James Linington

Assistant Referees: Lee Venamore and Rob Smith

Fourth Official: James Bell

The man in the middle on Saturday is James Linington, who recently took charge of Luton's Emirates FA Cup third round win against Harrogate Town. 

He has officiated 16 matches in total this term, dishing out 64 yellow cards and one red in the process.

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Match Reports

Report | Luton Town 0-0 Blackburn Rovers

29 January 2022

The Hatters picked up another valuable point against a promotion-chasing side at Kenilworth Road this afternoon with a goalless draw against second-placed Blackburn.

Goalkeeper James Shea had a relatively untroubled afternoon as veteran striker Cameron Jerome came closest to giving the Town all three points, his first-half effort coming back off a post as Town moved up to tenth in the table.

Manager Nathan Jones made four changes to the starting XI that beat Bristol City 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Kal Naismith was making his 50th appearance for the Hatters in defence, captaining the side at Kenilworth Road as the gaffer stuck with the same back-line he trusted in midweek. 

Allan Campbell and Henri Lansbury both came into midfield, supporting Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, while Fred Onyedinma made his first start since the 0-0 draw against Nottingham Forest in November, alongside Cameron Jerome up-front. 

Elijah Adebayo was ruled out through injury, but there was a return to the matchday squad for Harry Cornick for the first time since the defeat against Cardiff City in November. 

The Hatters started on the front foot, Allan Campbell as lively as he has been in recent weeks, driving into the box but seeing his shot blocked, before Jerome had a header cleared off the line from a Kal Naismith corner.

Blackburn's first effort came from an angled Sam Gallacher shot, but James Shea saved comfortably and the game entered a stop-start phase, with Lansbury piling into a thunderous, but perfectly fair challenge on Tayo Edun, with the Rovers left-back eventually having to be substituted.

Onyedinma was looking a real threat, and having drawn a free-kick and yellow card for Jan Paul van Hecke by running at the visitors' defence through the centre of the pitch, Bree, Lansbury and Jerome combined to create a wonderful opening for Naismith, but the captain's volley went just wide shortly before the half-hour mark.

Blackburn midfielder Bradley Johnson headed wide at the other end, but Jerome went closer than anyone to opening the scoring in the opening 45 when Onyedinma tricked his way into the right-side of the box and crossed low for his strike partner to sidefoot across Thomas Kaminski.

The ball seemed destined for the bottom corner of the Rovers net, but it bounced back off the foot of the post and into the Belgian goalkeeper's grateful arms.

Goalless at the break, Lockyer was next into referee James Linington's notepad for an off the ball block on Gallacher, who was taken off after receiving treatment.

Chances were few and far between in the opening stages of the second half, with Johnson threatening in the 66th minute from distance, Naismith throwing himself in front of the midfielder's 25-yard shot to deflect it narrowly wide of Shea's right post.

With 20 minutes to go, Jones changed his front two, bringing on Admiral Muskwe and Cornick for Onyedinma and Jerome, who had both run themselves into the ground.

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray threw Spanish centre-half Daniel Ayala on as a striker, signalling his intent to go long in the closing stages, while Jones replaced Campbell with Luke Berry, hoping the midfielder could repeat his two-goal game-changing cameo at Ewood Park in September.

There was no way through a well organised Blackburn backline, however, as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

 

Att: 9,987 (1,032)

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