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Match Previews

Match Preview | Middlesbrough (A)

9 December 2022

The Sky Bet Championship is back as the Hatters head to Middlesbrough on Saturday 10th December, 3pm kick-off.

Rob Edwards begins his Luton tenure at the Riverside Stadium and said he can't wait to feel the matchday buzz once again.

"I’ve missed that buzz of matchday. It was five or six weeks for me before this break, so I’m really looking forward to it. I think there’ll be a few butterflies and nerves. The first game is a big occasion, but I always have that anyway for every game."


The opposition: 


Middlesbrough were on an upwards trajectory prior to the World Cup break, unbeaten in their last four matches with three of those being victories. 

Life under manager Michael Carrick has proven to be rather enjoyable thus far, after a winning start against Hull City was followed by a point against Bristol City and two successive victories over Blackpool and Norwich City. 

Chuba Akpom enjoyed a hot-streak in front of goal during those games and leads the way for Boro with eight goals in just 11 starts so far this season. 

Middlesbrough are the joint-third highest scorers in the division and will look to pick up where they left off in front of their home supporters.


Last time we met:

Middlesbrough came out on top in the last meeting between the two sides, winning 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium. 

Paddy McNair fired the hosts in front in the first half, before Duncan Watmore's late goal put the game beyond doubt despite Harry Cornick's late consolation in the final minute of added time. 


Ticket information:

  • Pay on the day available (cash only)
  • Ticket collection is available

Tickets remain on sale until midday on Friday and can be purchased online, in person or via phone from the Ticket Office. 

If ordering tickets online, please do not select postage as due to postal strikes we cannot guarantee delivery. If ordering for 'collection' this is at the Luton Town Ticket Office. We can arrange collection at Middlesbrough on the day from the Away Ticket Office after 1.30pm but you will need to advise via email to make these arrangements.

For any supporters making a late decision to attend the game we can also advise pay on the day will be available (cash only from the away Ticket Office from 1.30pm).


How to follow: 

For supporters who want to watch or listen to all available iFollow matches this season and have access to exclusive content, including pre-match press conferences and player interviews, subscription details can be found HERE.

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

Match passes are available for international supporters anywhere outside of the UK costing £10 each.


The officials: 


Referee: Gavin Ward

Assistant Referees: Robert Merchant and James Wilson

Fourth Official: Leigh Doughty

The man in the middle on Saturday afternoon is Gavin Ward. 

He last refereed a Luton match last season, officiating the home victory against West Bromwich Albion in February. 

So far this term, Warm has taken charge of 17 matches - 14 of which in the Championship - dishing out 64 yellow cards.

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Match Reports

Report | Middlesbrough 2-1 Luton Town

10 December 2022

The Rob Edwards era kicked off with late heartbreak at the Riverside as ten-man Town conceded an injury-time goal to go down 2-1 to Middlesbrough.

Jordan Clark netted a superb solo goal to give the Hatters the lead just after the half-hour mark in an even first half.

But Boro, 15th at kick-off but unbeaten in four under their own new manager in Michael Carrick, levelled soon after through Chuba Akpom's header.

The Hatters were reduced to ten when Amari'i Bell saw red for a second yellow card with just under 20 minutes plus injury-time remaining - both for fouls on Boro's right-sided flyer Isaiah Jones - and despite some stubborn resistance, substitute Matt Crooks fired in the hosts' winner a minute into added time.

Edwards named an unchanged line-up from the one that interim manager Mick Harford selected for the 1-1 draw with Rotherham a month ago, with Tom Lockyer keeping the captain's armband in Sonny Bradley's absence.

Ethan Horvath returned to training on Thursday morning and was straight back in the starting line-up following USA's World Cup campaign, whilst there is a single change on the bench with Cameron Jerome replacing Josh Williams.

The Hatters lined up in a familiar way with Gabe Osho, Lockyer and Amari'i Bell as the three centre-halves, James Bree and Alfie Doughty as the wing-backs either side of the midfield trio of Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Clark and Allan Campbell. Top scorer Carlton Morris and Elijah Adebayo led the line.

After Tommy Smith had blasted Boro's first shot way over in the fifth minute, Doughty was the first Hatter to have a sight of goal seconds later, but his left footer flew narrowly over Zack Steffen's bar.

Town were looking comfortable in an even game, with Doughty continuing his promising form from before the World Cup break down the left. But it was Bell, just behind him, who was the first name into ref Gavin Ward's book for a foul on Isaiah Jones in the 25th minute.

The breakthrough came in the 33rd minute when Clark picked himself up after being fouled by Jones just inside the Boro half, and took a quick free-kick into Morris feet.

Receiving the ball back from his front man, Clark drifted to his right, beat Jonny Howson with a nutmeg, then Hayden Hackney with a drop of the shoulder before unleashing a left-foot bullet past Steffen into the bottom corner.

The lead lasted for just five minutes as Boro, who had seen Jones fire over straight after the goal, moved the ball from right to left across the edge of the Town box, with Ryan Giles eventually delivering the cross for Akpom to meet with a firm downward header past Horvath.

Level at the break, the Hatters started the second half on top and Lockyer was presented with a glorious chance to restore the lead three minutes after the restart, but the man returning from World Cup duty with Wales volleyed Doughty's deep free-kick wide.

Lockyer picked up a 57th minute booking for a trip on Jones, who had appeared to kick out at the defender on the right touchline seconds earlier, causing the fourth official Leigh Doughty to intervene.

The right sided flyer was proving to be the hosts' main threat, but Bell and Doughty were shackling him well on the Town left.

It was Doughty's pressing at the other end that helped create an unexpected chance for the Hatters on 64 minutes, with Middlesbrough keeper Steffen closed down by Adebayo and Campbell after Doughty had initially nicked the ball on the left flank.

The ricochet off the Scottish midfielder went into the side-netting, just inches the wrong side of the post as Steffen was hounded on the edge of his six-yard box attempting to play out.

Edwards brought Harry Cornick and Luke Freeman on for Adebayo and Campbell, but Town were reduced to ten men with just under 20 minutes left when Bell picked up a second yellow for a foul on Jones.

The Hatters reverted to two banks of four, with Doughty dropping in at left-back after receiving treatment, and continued to stand firm as Lockyer headed one deep cross behind, then blocked an effort from distance before Boro sub Duncan Watmore drilled a low shot in that Horvath held well with ten minutes to go.

Howson and sub Crooks wasted good chances as the clock ticked down, but just as the board went up for five minutes of added time, the latter steered in a volley from close range to take all three points for Boro and lift them above Town in the table.



LT - Clark 33

M - Akpom 38, Crooks 90+1

Att: 23,187 (463 Hatters)

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Ticket News

Ticket information | Middlesbrough (A)

9 December 2022

We have received an initial allocation of 932 seats for our fixture at Middlesbrough on Saturday 10th December.

Away Season Card holders

Supporters who have requested an Away Season Ticket this season will receive one ticket for this fixture. Seats will be reserved, then payment will be taken, and your ticket dispatched on Wednesday 30th November unless otherwise advised.

If you do not require a ticket for this game or require an additional ticket, please email to advise

Diamond Season Card holders 

Diamond Season Card holders / Executive Members holders can purchase three tickets per person from Thursday 24th November until close of business Sunday 27th November . These tickets can be ordered online using your unique client reference number, or by phone on 01582 416976 or in person from the Ticket Office (until close of business Friday 25th November).   

Season Card holders 

Season Card holders can purchase three tickets per person on Monday 28th November. These tickets can be ordered online using your unique client reference number, or by phone on 01582 416976 or in person from the Ticket Office.  


Members can purchase two tickets per person from Tuesday 29th November until close of business Thursday 1st December. These tickets can be ordered online using your unique client reference number, or by phone on 01582 416976 or in person from the Ticket Office.  

General sale

Any remaining tickets will be available on general sale from Friday 2nd December online, by phone and in person. They will remain on sale until 12 Noon on Friday 9th December.   

For any supporters making a late decision to attend the game we can also advise pay on the day will be available (cash only from the away Ticket Office from 1.30pm).


  • Adult: £31.00
  • Seniors (65+) : £23.00
  • Under 18’s : £18.00

Ambulant supporters are charged at the age-related price with a Carer free of Charge with middle of full rate DLA or PIP if required.  

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