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PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V NEWPORT COUNTY AFC

16 August 2016

Get the lowdown on tonight's match against the Exiles

Town face Newport County at home on Tuesday night in a bid to maintain their early season form and stay at the top of EFL League Two.

After Saturday’s draw with Yeovil, the Hatters are at the top on four points, as are eight other sides in League Two as no team has managed to win their first two league games this season.

There are six sides on three points with a win and a loss from the opening two games, one of which are tonight’s visitors Newport County AFC.

The Exiles have had an indifferent start to the season, but got their first win on Saturday as they travelled to the capital and downed Leyton Orient through centre-back Jamie Turley’s first half strike.

Last Tuesday goals from Marlon Jackson and former Arsenal midfielder Mark Randall put Newport 2-0 up against MK Dons in the EFL Cup before they lost 3-2 late on.

On the opening day of the league campaign the Welsh club also went down 3-2 at home despite coming from a goal behind twice to level through Jack Compton and Joss Labadie, but conceded a 91st minute winner against Mansfield.

However, Saturday’s away win at Brisbane Road snapped a run of no win in 13 for Warren Feeney’s men, one of which came at Kenilworth Road in April.

Jack Marriott put Luton a goal up with just nine minutes to go, but loanee Souleymane Coulibaly snatched a point for Newport two minutes from time.

Luton’s record against the Exiles since the club was reformed in 1989 after being expelled from the Football League stands at four wins, three draws and just two defeats, one of which came at Rodney Parade last season in a disappointing 3-0 loss in November.

Ahead of the game, manager Nathan Jones explained what he expected from Warren Feeney and his team, including Newport’s set-piece capabilities.

Jones said: “They’ll be a difficult side, they were difficult to play against when they came here last time, but every game at Kenilworth Road is difficult, people come here with different ambitions.

“They’re a very combative side, their manager was a hard working player and has transformed that into his team so it will be difficult, just as I knew Yeovil would be.

“Most sides at this level will work on set pieces it’s a big, big thing because of the physicality of certain players a lot of people work on that.

“If you’re going to be successful at any level you have to be good, especially at this level with the sides you come up against and how you have defend and how you need to look to score, it’s vital.”

Town have injury concerns over Dan Potts at left back, whilst a late call will be made as to the fitness of Alan Sheehan.

Jones added: “Pottsy had a bit of a knock from Saturday so we’ve got to see how he is, everyone else is as they were.

“We’re hoping to get Sheehan back but we’re just taking every day as it comes.

“It’s a late one really on Sheehan, we haven’t pushed him because he’s important to us and we’ve got good quality players to come in.

“It’s been a little bit of a niggly one really, it’s not serious but it’s touch and go and we’ll wait and see tomorrow.”
 
 Tonight's match kicks off at 7:45pm - get there early, buy yourself a programme and enjoy the buildup. 
 
 



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