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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V MILLWALL

8 November 2016

All you need to know ahead of tonight's game

With both sides already through, the Hatters and Millwall are playing for top spot in Southern Group H of the Checkatrade Trophy tonight at Kenilworth Road.

The Lions have won their two games against Gillingham and West Brom by the exact same scorelines as the Hatters.

With both sides on six points and the same goal difference, goals scored and goals conceded, should the game end in a draw, a penalty shoot-out will decide who goes through as group winners with home advantage in the second round.

Sat in 13th in League One, Millwall are currently on a three-match winning run, as a 1-0 victory against Southend on Friday in the FA Cup came on the back of defeating both Oxford United and Fleetwood Town in the league.

The Hatters could extend their unbeaten run to ten tonight, having not tasted defeat since mid-September.  

Millwall’s experienced campaigner Steve Morison has proved to be a real hassle for his opponents in the competition so far, having netted against both the Gills and the Baggies.

The former Norwich City striker’s partnership with Lee Gregory has got off in similar fashion to how it ended last season, as the pair have netted 13 goals between them so far this term in all competitions, having scored 40 in the 2015/16 season.

Town have fielded a slightly younger looking side so far in the competition this season, which has provided a springboard for a number of players to get into Nathan Jones’ starting XI.

The likes of Akin Famewo and Alex Gilliead have benefited from the Checkatrade Trophy, whilst recent signing Jack Senior made his first career professional appearance. Famewo made his League Two debut against Hartlepool off the back of a strong performance against Gillingham, whilst Gilliead has become a constant presence on the teamsheet since scoring against West Brom.

Without these games, Hatters boss Jones said he doesn’t know if his younger players would be ready for first team action.

He said: “If you don’t test them, you never know how good they are going to be. So we need to test them, and they are getting proper tests.

“Because of those tests, James Justin is now in our first team. I had no hesitation in putting Akin in for what is quintessentially ‘Can he handle Hartlepool on a Tuesday night?’ Yes, literally he can.”

The sides will contest their 122nd meeting this evening. Millwall have beaten the Town 53 times, whilst they have drawn and lost to the Hatters on an equal number of occasions – 34.

Tonight’s referee is Oliver Langford, who took charge of Friday night’s live TV game between Eastleigh and Swindon Town in the FA Cup.
 
*Tickets for the 7.30pm kick-off can be purchased from the Ticket Office, online by clicking here, or on the phone at 01582 416976.
 
Prices are £5 for adults and concessions, with Under-16s allowed free entry but pre-booking is required at the ticket office.
 
Home supporters can purchase tickets in The David Preece Stand, The Main Stand and Enclosure and the Home area of the Oak Road Stand.
 
U16 tickets need to be collected from the Ticket Office before the game.

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