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YOUTH REPORT: PETERBOROUGH 3-0 LUTON TOWN

30 August 2016

Luton Town Youths defeated by Peterborough

The Town's Youth Team fell to their first defeat of this season's league campaign as they were beaten 3-0 away at Peterborough on Saturday morning.


Paul Driver made changes to the team that started in the previous week's win over Cambridge with Akin Famewo the main addition, as the centre back came into the back four to get some important match minutes with no Under 21s game during the previous week.


Arthur Read, Kavan Cotter, Jack James, James Verney and Under 16s striker, Connor Tomlinson also came into the start line up.


Despite the strong line-up, the Hatters found themselves two goals behind after twenty minutes after being punished for poor defending at set plays and not taking a number of good chances they had created for themselves.


During the rest of an even half, the best chance for the Town came when a Read free kick cannoned back off of the woodwork and Harry Bean's follow up header went over the bar.


Geo Craig replaced James Verney at the interval with Tomlinson playing in a more advanced role. A third goal for the hosts in the 56th minute from an excellent 25 yard strike effectively put the game beyond The Hatters and a number of substitutions followed with Famewo, Bakinson and McJannet being replaced by Joe Mead, Ciaren Jones and George Murray.


The Hatters continued to press for the goals that would get them back into the match, but it was in vein as they failed to find the back of the net.


Final Score: Peterborough Youth 3. Luton Youth 0


Luton Team: Gordon-Stearn, James, McJannet (Jones 46), Bakinson (Murray 57), Famewo (Mead 57), Bean, Cotter, Read, Snelus, Verney (Craig 46)' Tomlinson (Hinds 69).


Afterwards, Paul Driver spoke to lutontown.co.uk about the defeat.

He said: "The most disappointing thing is that the need to mark up effectively at early set plays, not to give away silly free kicks in dangerous areas and working their keeper were the three things highlighted pre-game.

“A failure to do all these in the first twenty minutes left us two goals behind against a hardworking and determined opponent and we didn't really recover.


“I'm sure the match analysis we do will reflect quite well in terms of our possession and chances created and that we didn't actually perform badly other than the goals but we have to get those areas better quickly before they become an issue.”


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