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25 November 2016

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The Hatters take on the Grecians tomorrow at St James Park

Three weeks on from defeating Exeter City at St James Park in the FA Cup, Town travel south-west once again as they look to bounce back from their midweek loss against Portsmouth.

Top scorer Danny Hylton netted two of his 12 goals so far this season in the Hatters’ last visit to Exeter, netting twice from the penalty spot as Nathan Jones’ side ran out 3-1 winners.

The Grecians haven’t won a home league match this season, but earned an important win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road on Tuesday night, defeating the O’s 1-0. The result lifted them up to 21st in League Two, taking them out of the relegation zone.

Exeter have actually won the same amount of games as Crewe Alexandra – six matches – who are currently occupying the final play-off spot in the division, but Paul Tisdale’s side have lost more matches than any other team in League Two, falling to defeat 11 times.

Town suffered their first defeat in ten matches on Tuesday, as they were beaten by Pompey 3-1 at Kenilworth Road. That was their fourth defeat of the season, which means they have still only lost the joint second least amount of matches in the league.

The Hatters still maintain a mean defence though. Even with the three conceded the other night, they have still let in the smallest total of goals in League Two, 18 goals, joint alongside Portsmouth.

Tomorrow’s match could mark the 100th Hatters appearance for midfielder Cameron McGeehan, who joined the club originally in 2014 on loan from Norwich City.

Jones has been impressed by McGeehan’s attitude towards his own footballing career, as he believes that over time the 21-year-old’swillingness to drop down the leagues to play matches will pay off.

The Welshman said: “We preach here that it’s all about games. There are players at different Premier League clubs that will be older than Cameron, but will have never played a league game.

“Yes, they will be very well off, but they will never have played a league game. Your career is about league games. Cameron is one that has left the comforts of higher league clubs to come here to an excellent club, to ply his trade and play his football.

“He has played fantastically well, it’s a fantastic amount. To play 100 at his age is a real good one.”

Town will play Exeter for the 65th time this Saturday, as Hylton’s brace and Glen Rea’s close range finish at St James Park on Bonfire Night secured the Hatters’ 34th win over the Grecians. Exeter have beaten Town 17 times, and the sides have contested 13 draws.

Tomorrow’s referee is Chris Kavanagh who has refereed 16 matches so far this season, handing out 57 yellow cards and no red cards.

Over 550 Town fans are travelling down for tomorrow’s match, with terrace tickets available on the gate.

If you are unable to make the match, follow the Hatters’ live updates wall here, on Twitter @LutonTown or if you are a Hatters Player subscriber, listen to Simon Pitts’ match commentary from just before kick-off at 3pm.

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