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MATCH PREVIEW: CRAWLEY TOWN V THE HATTERS

16 September 2016

All the facts ahead of our match against the Red Devils

Luton Town travel to the Checkatrade.com Stadium this Saturday, for a match that Hatters boss Nathan Jones will hope to see his team bounce back from their defeat against Grimsby Town last weekend.

Jones, speaking in his press conference yesterday, said his side are chomping at the bit to put things right after the loss, as they look to maintain their decent start to the season. 

He said: “We were a million miles away from where we wanted to be against Grimsby. We are striving for consistency, and that’s what we have been saying, it has been an excellent week in training.

“It’s been a really productive week. We were disappointed after the weekend because we didn’t play well, we didn’t do things that we normally do and that was disappointing.

“What we need to do is aim for a level, so we know week-in week-out we are going to be a certain point each game, we are just hoping that last Saturday was a blip.”

This weekend’s opponent’s Crawley are only 11-years younger than the Hatters, in those 120 years they have only faced each other eight times, the first tie coming in 2009.

Unfortunately, that day doesn’t reflect our overall form against the Red Devils particularly well, as we ran out 3-0 winners. The Hatters have only won one other time, losing five and drawing once.

George Pilkington netted twice in that 3-0 win, and is joint-top-scorer in the fixture for the Town alongside Josh McQuoid, who also has two to his name after netting a brace in our home win last season.

Crawley have had a slow start to the season as they currently sit in eighteenth and haven’t won a match in the League in just over a month, a 1-0 victory away at Exeter City in mid-August.

In fact, they have lost their last three games on the bounce, conceding eight goals in the process.

Luton go into the game third in the table, with four wins in seven games, as well as being joint-top-scorers in the league alongside Doncaster Rovers and Grimsby Town with 15 goals. 

Hatters boss Jones said he believes the Red Devils’ form is down to a new squad getting used to each other, and he believes their boss, Dermot Drummy, is more than good enough to turn it around. 

Jones said: “I know him from his Chelsea days, he is a very good coach. He wouldn’t have been at Chelsea for the amount of time that he was without being so. 

“Now he has got the opportunity to prove himself in management and I hope he is successful, apart from this weekend!”

For all ticket information for the match at the Checkatrade.com Stadium, please click here. 

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