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Match Preview | Queens Park Rangers (H)

11 March 2022

The Hatters are back at Kenilworth Road for the visit of Queens Park Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

Midweek victory over Coventry City propelled Nathan Jones' side into the play-off places and they will look to cement their position in the top six against one of their direct challengers, QPR.

 

The opposition:

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Queens Park Rangers come into the game on the back of two consecutive defeats against Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City respectively. 

They are a place and a point below the Hatters at the start of play and will rely on playmakers Ilias Chair and Chris Willock to make the difference at Kenilworth Road, who have had a direct impact in 30 goals between them this season. 

 

Last time we met:

It was an evening to forget in front of the Sky cameras as QPR were 2-0 winners back in November courtesy of Chris Willock and Charlie Austin. 

The last fixture at Kenilworth Road wasn't too memorable from a Luton perspective either, with the Hoops winning by the same scoreline on that occasion as well.

 

Follow the action:

As a result of the match being selected for live coverage by Sky, a live video stream of the action from Kenilworth Road will NOT be available on iFollow Hatters in countries where the EFL has an overseas broadcast deal.

You can see the list for which territories that applies to by clicking HERE.

If the country in which you are based is not on the list, you will be able to watch a live stream of the game as usual.

Audio commentary from Simon Pitts is available on iFollow across the world.

 

Ref watch 

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Referee: Josh Smith

Assistant Referees: Ian Cooper and Mark Russell

Fourth Official: James Linington

The man in the middle on Sunday is Josh Smith, who recently took charge of Luton's 3-0 win against Cambridge United in the Emirates FA Cup.

He has officiated 32 games this season, dishing out 124 yellow cards and four reds.

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Match Reports

Report | Luton Town 1-2 Queens Park Rangers

13 March 2022

Queens Park Rangers leapfrogged the Hatters into the Championship play-off places after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Kenilworth Road.

Cameron Jerome's fifth goal of the season had given the Town a half-time lead, but ex-Hatter Andre Gray equalised with a penalty early in the second half and Rob Dickie netted a late winner to lift the seventh-placed visitors above the Hatters into sixth.

Taking charge of his 100th match since returning to the club, manager Nathan Jones made four changes with James Shea and Kal Naismith back fit and available, the latter slotting into the back five in place of Dan Potts.

Allan Campbell joined Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu and Jordan Clark in midfield, whilst there was a return to the starting line-up for Cameron Jerome, who partners Tuesday's match winner Elijah Adebayo up-front.

The Hatters started in the ascendancy, Campbell twice trying his luck in the opening eight minutes, the first a 25-yard skidder that Hoops keeper David Marshall got down low to save, then an angled shot after good link-up play between Naismith and Adebayo, but that one was too high.

Town suffered a blow in the 15th minute when Mpanzu was forced off after being injured in a challenge with Rangers skipper Stefan Johansen in front of the away dugout.

Shea had to make his first save on 16 minutes, pushing away a 20-yard drive from Moses Odubajo that skidded through Naismith's legs, but Town were lookg a real threat at the other end.

Adebayo had the ball in the net after some lovely combination play with Clark in the 24th minute, but the top scorer's wait for his 15th goal of the season went on after a linesman's flag was raised, correctly, for offside.

The striker was flagged offside again moments later as he steered Naismith's cross goalward, with Campbell presented with an open goal from Marshall's parry, only to head wide. The linesman's flag spared the Scot's blushes, but Town were finally in front in the 37th minute.

The ball came in from the right from Bree, Clark controlled, Campbell rolled the back and there was veteran striker Jerome to lash in from just outside the box, with Marshall getting a hand to it but unable to keep the shot out.

It might have been two a couple of minutes later when Adebayo, a constant threat to the Rangers back four, rose at the far post to meet Bree's right-wing corner, but he couldn't direct his header on target.

Rangers were lucky to end the half with 11 men after Ilias Chair was called back after the half-time whistle had been blown to be shown a yellow card by referee Josh Smith, who might well have brandished his red had he seen a replay of the QPR midfielder pushing Tom Lockyer in the face.

Town started the second half well, too, Adebayo pulling the ball back for Campbell to side-foot goalward, only for Marshall to turn it away.

The visitors were level by the 55th minute, when Gray lured Naismith into fouling him by the touchline, just inside the area. The ex-Hatters striker stepped up to convert from 12 yards and turned away without celebrating.

The Hatters went in search of a second goal, Jerome racing to the right byline and Lockyer sending a header over, just after the hour.

The goalscorer was replaced by Cornick with just over quarter-of-an-hour to go, and the substitute was at the heart of the Town's next threatening move, as he drove into the left side of the penalty area and as the ball was only half-cleared, Amari'i Bell let fly from the angle of the box, only to find the side-netting of Marshall's goal.

Rangers took the lead with eight minutes to go when Johansen's left-wing corner was flicked on by Dickie at the near post and found its way inside the net at the far.

Jones introduced Snodgrass in place of Clark, and the former Scotland international tested Marshall from 20 yards, but the Hatters couldn't find a way back into things and dropped a place to seventh.

 

Goals: 

Luton: Jerome (37)

QPR: Gray (55 pen), Dickie (83)

 

Attendance: 10,073 

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Ticket News

Ticket Update | QPR (H)

11 March 2022

The Ticket Office would like to thank those Season Ticket holders who have contacted to advise they cannot attend Sunday’s fixture and have taken advantage of the buy-back process.

This has released seats to allow fellow supporters to attend the match.

The deadline for buy backs has now passed and we have a limited numbers of tickets for Sunday’s game. These seats are available to anybody with a previous purchasing history from the Ticket Office until 3pm today via phone on 01582 416976. They are available in person until 5pm.

They are also online at www.eticketing.co.uk/lutontown and will remain so until they sell out.

As we expect the game to sell out today and we are without a fixture on Saturday we would like to advise that the Ticket Office will be closed on Saturday morning and will reopen at 9am on Sunday morning.

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