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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN v CRAWLEY

11 March 2016

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game

Luton Town v Crawley Town
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 12th March 2016, kick-off 3pm 

Official live online commentary on Hatters Player

• Hatters aiming for fifth straight win
• Town just three points off the top seven
• Crawley 16th, eight points behind
• Red Devils won last two visits to KR
• Town also won five of their last six
• Kids for a Quid promotion running

WHO? Crawley Town, aka the Red Devils from West Sussex. The Broadfield Road club were only promoted to the Conference in 2004 but won promotion to the Football League in 2010/11 – the year the Hatters lost in the Play-Off final to AFC Wimbledon. The following season saw Steve Evans’ men promoted to League 1 but last season – 2014/15 – they were relegated back to League 2. At the helm down is former Kidderminster and Cheltenham boss Mark Yates.

KIDS FOR A QUID. Our Kids for a Quid offer returns on Saturday. It’s pretty simple: if you’re under-16 all you need to do is get a full-paying adult to purchase a ticket and in return you get a youth ticket for just £1. Click here for all the details.

HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE? The Town ended a five-match winless streak against Crawley with victory in the FA Cup in November. In the five previous encounters prior to the 2-1 win (thank you Josh McQuoid) Crawley had won four, including the League 2 meeting at the Broadfield Stadium in October. The Hatters’ previous victory came in the clubs’ first-ever meeting, a 3-0 success in the Conference in September 2009. George Pilkington scored twice and Tom Craddock was also on target. However, Crawley have won on both of their last two visits to Kenilworth Road – in the Conference in 2010 and in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last season.
 
THIS TIME ROUND. Crawley arrive at Kenilworth Road in 16th place in League 2 on 42 points, eight behind the Hatters in the standings. Yates’s side have struggled on their travels this term, winning just four but losing 11 of their 17 matches away from the Broadfield Stadium – one of the worst records in the division. That said, the Town’s home form hasn’t been too hot this season, although Nathan Jones has seen his side win their last two.

HATTERS FORM. The Town will be aiming to make it five successive wins in League 2. Not since…last season have the Hatters racked up such a sequence.

DID YOU KNOW? Only leaders Northampton have won more points than the Hatters in the past 10 games, all of which have come under Nathan Jones. The Town will also be aiming to score their first goal in the first half of a game at Kenilworth Road since 12th December – a run stretching six matches.

TOWN TEAM NEWS. It looks like a case of as you were for the Hatters following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Orient with no fresh injuries worries for manager Nathan Jones. Jake Howells is due to have an operation on a knee problem on Monday so Dan Potts will continue at left-back. Mark Tyler left the Hatters this week so loan signing Jonathan Mitchell is in line to make his home debut. 

REF WATCH. Essex official Michael will oversee his second fixture involving the Town this season having taken charge of the JPT defeat at Gillingham back in October. It is also the referee's first visit to Kenilworth Road since October 2012 when he took charge of a 2-0 win over Nuneaton in the Conference. Alex Lawless hit two late goals. So far this season he has shown 47 yellow cards in 16 matches and has shown four red cards in his last six games. 

LIVE AND ONLINE. As ever, we’ll be reporting live from Kenilworth Road. Build-up starts at noon, 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 3pm 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 later in the weekend for all the highlights in glorious HD!


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