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2 February 2016

Match Previews


2 February 2016

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All you need to know ahead of tonight's game with the Glovers

Luton Town v Yeovil Town
Sky Bet League 2
Tuesday 2nd February 2016, kick-off 7.45pm
Official live online commentary on Hatters Player

• Town aiming for Nathan Jones’s first home win
• Jones former Yeovil player and coach
• Visitors one place outside the relegation zone
• Hatters only won three at home in League 2
• Town not scored at home since 12th December
• Last home win 14th November 
• Yeovil won last away game at Wimbledon

WHO? Yeovil Town, aka the Gloves, from Huish Park, Yeovil in Somerset. The club were formed 120 years ago in 1895 as Yeovil Casuals. Now managed by Darren Way, the Glovers were promoted to the Football League in 2003 and have twice been promoted as a League side. They won the League 1 title in 2004/05 and then won promotion to the Championship through the Play-Offs in 2012/13. Two successive relegations, however, followed and now the club find themselves back in League 2 for the first time in 10 years.

TICKETS. Fancy coming to the game? Well, tickets for the match against the Glovers are now on sale at the ticket office at category C prices – our lowest price of ticket. Click here for further information.

HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE? Tuesday’s encounter will be only the fifth meeting between the two sides. The Hatters won the first-ever meeting here at Kenilworth Road 4-1 in the League Cup in 2003. The clubs met in League 1 in 2007/08 with a goalless draw at Huish Park, before a Calvin Andrew goal gave the Hatters a 1-0 win in what was the last meeting here at Kenilworth Road on New Year’s Day 2008. Yeovil hadn’t beaten the Town before August’s meeting, and it looked as though that would continue as the Hatters led 2-0. But Glovers came back to triumph 3-2 to record their first win of the season.

IN CHARGE. Darren Way took over from Paul Sturrock on New Year’s Eve. The 36-year-old spent almost 10 years as a player at Huish Park making over 250 appearances and helped the Glovers win the Conference, FA Trophy and League 2. Way won his first match in charge against York and has only lost once at the helm so far – a 2-1 defeat at Morecambe two weeks ago.

PREVIOUS FORM. Before their 3-2 win at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, the Glovers had the joint-worst away record in League 2, having won just once on the road in 13 attempts. Saturday’s win was their first on the road since a 1-0 at Crawley. Yeovil sit one place and three points outside of the relegation zone but a win tonight could lift them up one place above Hartlepool.

KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU. There will be plenty of pre-match pleasantries exchanged between the two clubs with Town boss Nathan Jones a former Yeovil player and coach. Jones played over 200 times for the Glovers. Jake Howells spent a short spell on loan at Huish Park earlier this season, while the Glovers’ Alex Lacey came through the Town academy and was part of the Conference-winning side of 2013/14. Yeovil striker Francois Zoko was on trial at Kenilworth Road earlier this season before joining the Glovers in November.

OAK ROAD BAR OPEN. Hatters fans in the Oak Road end will be able to enjoy a pre-match pint in a newly-created area which has been granted a temporary license to sell alcohol. Click here for more information on it.

REF WATCH. Nigel Miller. Experienced County Durham whistler Nigel is making his first visit to Kenilworth Road since the final game of last season when we beat Stevenage. He oversaw three games involving the Hatters last term, including our first game back in the Football League - the 1-0 win at Carlisle. Nigel officiated in our 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Peterborough in December - one of 20 matches he has taken charge of this season in which he has shown 53 yellow cards and three reds. 

TOWN TEAM NEWS. It could be a case of as you were for the Town tonight following Saturday’s defeat to Notts County. Ryan Hall could return to the squad if he overcomes an ankle knock while loan signing Joe Pigott is in contention for a start having come on as a substitute in the weekend defeat. Josh McQuoid, Danny Green and Nathan Doyle are all unavailable with injury.

LIVE AND ONLINE. As ever, we’ll be reporting live from Kenilworth Road. Build-up starts at midday, so get on our early blog on the Wall for all the latest updates.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for photos, videos and all the behind-the-scenes action. Hatters Player subscribers will be able to listen to live commentary from just before 7.45pm with Simon Pitts in the press box. 

Post-match, remember to check out the official website, YouTube channel and Player for reports, interviews and photographs and don’t forget to tune in from midday on Sunday for all the highlights in glorious HD!

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