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Match Preview | Middlesbrough (H)

24 April 2023

Luton Town will host play-off rivals Middlesbrough at Kenilworth Road on Monday night, live on Sky Sports.

The Hatters are 11 games without defeat and secured their play-off place after the draw at Reading last Wednesday, while Boro have also secured a top six finish.


The opposition:

Middlesbrough have been neck-and-neck with the Hatters since the arrival of manager Michael Carrick earlier in the season and currently sit one-point behind Town in fourth.

Only table-topping Burnley have a better record in the Championship then Middlesbrough since Carrick’s appointment in October.

Boro striker Chuba Akpom has been one of the standout players in the division this season, the former Arsenal forward is the Championship’s leading scorer with 28 goals.

Aston Villa loanee Cameron Archer has also made an impact since arriving at the Riverside in January, the 21-year-old forward has nine goals in 17 Championship games.


Last time we met:

Rob Edwards’ first game in charge of Luton Town resulted in a late defeat at the Riverside back in December.

Jordan Clark scored an exquisite solo goal give the Hatters a first half lead, before Akpom equalised before the break and Matt Crooks found the winner in stoppage time after Amari’i Bell’s red card.


Ticket information:

The Ticket Office can advise that tickets for this fixture are now off-sale, thank you for all your support!


Fan Behaviour and Supporter Safety:

As part of the EFL’s ‘Love Football, Protect The Game’ campaign, we would like to remind supporters of the Club statement we issued on fan behaviour ahead of our most recent home match against Blackpool – click HERE to read.

We advise supporters to arrive in plenty of time for Monday’s match and be prepared to be searched before entering the stadium.

All supporters are reminded that throwing any object onto the field of play, whether at home or away matches, is against the law and will lead to individual prosecution and also the Club being sanctioned by The FA.

This includes smoke devices and pyros, the possession of which in recent weeks has already result in supporters being issued with a Club ban from attending matches, as well as being the subject of Police action.

Please also be advised that anyone deemed to be intoxicated through alcohol or drugs will also be refused entry.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in helping us ensure the safety of all supporters at Kenilworth Road.

Love Football, Protect The Game.

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Selected international audiences will be able to watch the game live on iFollow with a match pass, click HERE to find out which countries have been selected.

Simon Pitts will be on iFollow Hatters commentary and audio match passes are available for every match for £2.50.


The officials:

Referee: Graham Scott

Assistant Referees: Mark Scholes and Daniel Robathan

Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer

The man in the middle at Kenilworth Road will be Graham Scott.

He last took charge of a Hatters game in our first game of the season against Birmingham City back in July.

Scott has taken charge of 17 games this season – 8 of which were in the Championship – handing out 54 yellow cards and 4 red cards.

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Match Reports

Report | Luton Town 2-1 Middlesbrough

24 April 2023

The Hatters maintained the pressure on second-placed Sheffield United by coming from behind to beat Middlesbrough at Kenilworth Road in front of the Sky cameras tonight.

Tom Lockyer and Carlton Morris, with his 20th goal of the season from the penalty spot, were on target in the second half as the Town reversed Cameron Archer's opener for Boro to take all three points from the third versus fourth clash and extend their unbeaten run to 12 matches.

The victory moved the Hatters to within four points of Sheffield United, although the Blades have two games in hand, and four points above Boro.

Manager Rob Edwards made one change to the side that drew 1-1 at Reading last Wednesday, Elijah Adebayo back in the Hatters' starting line-up after missing the win at Rotherham through injury before coming off the bench in Berkshire to provide the assist for Morris' equaliser.

The other change was on the substitutes' bench, where 17-year-old Joe Johnson made his first matchday squad appearance in the EFL having featured among the subs in the FA Cup replay at Grimsby and travelled with the first team in recent weeks.

Third-placed Hatters were looking to extend their 11-match unbeaten run against Boro, who sat a point behind them at kick-off in fourth place, with both sides already guaranteed a play-off spot.

After a cagey start with both sides trying to get a foothold in the game, Adebayo had the first shot on target, taking Alfie Doughty's cross down and creating space to fire straight at Zack Steffen from the edge of the box just after the quarter-of-an-hour mark.

Boro soon found their attacking rhythm, Isaiah Jones' cross on the run rolling into the path of Matt Crooks, but the scorer of the Teessiders' injury-time winner at the Riverside in December couldn't repeat the trick and his side-footed effort went over comfortably over Ethan Horvath's bar.

Town were pressing high and Marvelous Nakamba pinched the ball to combine well with Adebayo on the right, the latter's cross cleared only as far as Cody Drameh, whose shot was blocked.

The right wing-back was soon sending another dangerous volleyed cross in towards Morris, Boro clearing their lines well - and the visitors had the lead five minutes before the break when Archer raced onto Crooks' ball over the top, beat Horvath to a bouncing ball on the edge of the box, then walked it into and empty goal.

The Hatters' best chance of the half came a minute into three added on, when Adebayo nutmegged his way past Jonny Howson, then saw his cross deflected off Darren Lenihan and palmed away by Steffen.

Town were level within four minutes of the restart, Lockyer meeting Doughty's corner with a thumping header that went in off the inside of the far post.

It was Lockyer's third goal of the season on his 98th appearance for the club, and came a night after he was named in the Championship Team of the Season at the EFL awards.

The Hatters were moving the ball around well in an end-to-end game, but after Crooks had shot wide at the near post from a Ryan Giles cross, the hosts had the perfect opportunity to get their noses in front.

Jordan Clark, on as a sub for Allan Campbell, won the ball juist inside the Boro half and fed Morris into space. The Town top scorer looked to have over-run it in the box, but Steffen came sliding out and appeared to catch Morris' trailing leg with his knee.

Morris took on the responsibility from the spot, stroking in his 20th goal of the season and the Hatters' first converted penalty of the campaign.

Marc Bola wasted a good chance to level with just under 20 minutes to go, stabbing his effort wide from Giles' cross, then Edwards made two more changes, Morris leaving the pitch to a standing ovation to be replaced by Joe Taylor, and Luke Berry on in place of Mpanzu.

Lockyer threw himself in the way of a Bola shot from 18 yards with ten minutes to go, and Berry produced one of the tackles of the season in the box to deny another shooting opportunity.

In a landmark moment on 83 minutes, Edwards handed Johnson his senior debut, putting the teenager on in place of Doughty, with Luke Freeman replacing Adebayo, who also walked around the perimeter of the pitch to rapturous applause.

Johnson, who signed his first professional contract after turning 17 in February, made a couple of good interceptions, blocked a couple of crosses and looked assured in all he had to do on his first appearance.

Congratulations Joe from all at the club, we look forward to many more to come!


TOWN: Horvath, Drameh, Lockyer, Bradley (C), Bell, Doughty (Johnson 83'), Nakamba, Mpanzu (Berry 76'), Campbell (Clark 56'), Morris (Taylor 75'), Adebayo (Freeman 83').

Subs: Shea, Lansbury.

Goals: Lockyer 49', Morris (pen) 67'


BORO: Steffen, Jones, Giles, Mowatt, Barlaser, Archer (Muniz 78'), Dijksteel, Howson (C), Crooks, Lenihan, Bola.

Subs: Roberts, Akpom, Hackney, Bilongo, Stott, Sykes.

Goals: Archer 40'

Referee: Graham Scott


Att: 10,063 (1,040 away)

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