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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V ACCRINGTON STANLEY

11 November 2016

The Hatters could make it eight unbeaten in the league

Tomorrow the Hatters welcome Accrington Stanley to Kenilworth Road in what is a vital match for both sides.
 
Town are on a seven-game unbeaten run in the league and a win tomorrow could push them into an automatic promotion place.
 
Stanley on the other hand have been in and out of the play-off spots for the past month, and a victory against the Hatters should see them jump into those places, as the visitors currently sit ninth.
 
Under John Coleman, who is in his second spell at the Wham Stadium, Accrington play an attractive style of football, drawing comparison with the Hatters in their open, passing approach.
 
It’s a contest that Nathan Jones is relishing, as he believes both sides are setting out to win from the off.
 
The Town boss said: “I think it will be a footballing game, which is a positive. But I can’t second guess what Accrington are going to do and I wouldn’t dare to.
 
“They are a very forward thinking team and we anticipate that. It should be a good game and all I am saying in God’s will is I hope we win.”
 
Coleman’s side will face the tricky task of containing Danny Hylton though. The striker notched his ninth and tenth goals of the season with a pair of penalties against Exeter City last weekend in the FA Cup, but his potency in the league is arguably the best in the division.


 
Although he’s only fourth in the top scorers in League two with eight goals, his statistics are phenomenal. He has the best shot accuracy in the top ten scorers – 69% on target – as well as needing the least shots in the top ten to notch his goals (26).   
 
Alongside his three assists, it’s easy to see why Jones has labelled his forward “the best in the league.”
 
It doesn’t stop there though, as the Hatters boss said in his press conference yesterday how impressed he has been with Hylton’s effect on his fellow players.
 
“He has infectious enthusiasm and he brings a character you can’t buy. He’s loved by the group and the staff,” Jones said. “All he has done is rubberstamp what we thought we were getting. We went in early for him and we have invested heavily in him in terms of everything we have done for him, and he is repaying us and we are delighted.”
 
Accrington have their own danger man in the form of Romuald Boco, who has netted six goals so far this season.
 
Notably, the 31-year-old came off the bench against Blackpool last month with his side 1-0 down. He brought the game level in the 89th minute and scored the winner five minutes later.
 
Town have only played Accrington six times, winning only one of those contests. Stanley have won twice, whilst three have been drawn.
 
The most recent fixture between the two was a 2-0 victory for Coleman’s team at Kenilworth Road in April.
 
Tomorrow’s match will be overseen by Devon based referee, Brett Huxtable. This will be his first match this season at Kenilworth Road, having refereed 15 games this term.
 
If you are unable to attend tomorrow’s match at Kenilworth Road, follow The Wall on the LTFC website, or if you’re subscribed to Hatters Player, tune in for Simon Pitts’ match commentary.  
 
Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s match from the ticket office in person, on the phone on 01582 416976, or online, which you can access by clicking here.  


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