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24 February 2017

Match Previews


24 February 2017

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The match against the Pilgrims will kick-off at 3pm

The Hatters will be aiming to make it six unbeaten tomorrow as they welcome second placed Plymouth Argyle to Kenilworth Road.

After last week’s draw at Doncaster, the Hatters sit fourth with 53 points, eight points shy of the Pilgrims who are just behind Donny in Sky Bet League Two.

Town could round off what has been a brilliant month results wise, having gone unbeaten since the beginning of February, notching three wins and two draws in their five matches so far.

In fact, the Town have suffered just one defeat in their last ten matches, the only blemish on that record the 3-2 defeat at home to Cheltenham Town on 31st January.

Plymouth have had an indifferent February, beating both promotion hopefuls Cambridge United and Exeter City, but drawing and losing to Hartlepool United and Leyton Orient, who are currently placed nearer the bottom end of the division.

Whilst the Hatters and Argyle battle it out for the three points tomorrow, an important play-off battle is taking place elsewhere as Carlisle – five points in front of the Town in third – host fifth-placed Portsmouth.

The result of that match could impact where the Town find themselves at the end of the day, but Jones said in the pre-match build up he is only focused on whether his side can come up with the goods.

“As long as we win, I really don’t care,” Jones explained. “All I am concerned about is that we keep winning. If we keep winning, I believe we will end up in the position that we should.

“We respect everyone else, but don’t worry about them, and I think that showed last week in our performance, in the way we set-up and how we went out.”

(Jordan Cook celebrates scoring the opener in the 1-1 draw at Doncaster last Saturday)

It’s that ability to adapt to different styles of play that has seen the Hatters take points from opposition in all parts of the league table in recent weeks, regardless of how they set-up against Jones’ team.

He said: “I think we have shown in games lately that now we set-up for any eventuality, we know we’re not a one trick pony, we have different facets to our game.

“We have shown that in recent weeks because we have had to grind out results, we have had to be fluent.

“We have started well and got goals. We have been very tactical against Doncaster, and we were excellent in our performance. We were scintillating against Yeovil, so I think the last four or five games we have covered every eventuality.”

(Isaac Vassell netted twice in the 5-2 win over Yeovil Town in the Checkatrade Trophy)

That run has seen the Town score 13 times in five matches, with those goals coming from six different players.

It puts the Hatters in a good place as they face an important run of games, both in the league, as well as the Checkatrade Trophy semi-final against Oxford United on Wednesday.

The Town are only concentrating on their next match according to Jones, with the gaffer pleased to be in contention for one of the top spots in the league at this point in the season.  

“We look no further ahead than three o’clock on Saturday, the next challenge. It’s a cliché but it’s the right one,” added Jones.

“It’s a big game, but it’s one we want, it’s one the fans want. To be involved in the business end of the season, it means we are doing something right.”

The Hatters have played Plymouth a total of 97 times, with the Town winning 27 times, drawing 29, whilst Plymouth have been victorious in 41 of those meetings. The last of those matches finished as a 3-0 victory for the Hatters on the opening day of the season, as Danny Hylton, Jack Marriott and Jonathan Smith all got a goal for their team.

Tomorrow’s match will be refereed Darren Drysdale, who has handed out 39 yellow cards and two red cards this season.

Hatters Player subscribers can tune in for Simon Pitts’ full match commentary from a couple of minutes before kick-off, whilst the LTFC live Wall will be available on the club website for game updates. 

The Hatters are expecting a big crowd tomorrow for the match against the Pilgrims, with Town fans advised to purchase their tickets in advance if possible.

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