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MATCH PREVIEW: CARLISLE UNITED V LUTON TOWN

14 March 2017

Travelling support will receive a free hot dog and hot drink

The Hatters take on Carlisle tonight as Nathan Jones' team try to put the weekend’s defeat to Stevenage behind them and maintain their promotion push.

The odds are stacked in the favour of Town to pick up some kind of positive result at Brunton Park, as they have lost the joint least amount of away league matches in the EFL.

Jones’ men have only been defeated three times on the road, alongside table toppers in the Championship, Newcastle United, and League One leaders Sheffield United.



(Pictured: Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu celebrates scoring the last goal in the Hatters' 4-0 win at Yeovil – Jones' side's most recent match on the road) 

In addition to that, the Cumbrians have only picked up five points in seven home games in 2017. They have lost their last four consecutive matches, whilst the Hatters have only conceded 12 goals on the road all season – the joint best record in the EFL, with Rafael Benitez’s team equalling that record.

The sticky patch Keith Curle’s side are currently going though is something all teams experience during a season, according to Hatters gaffer Jones.

He said: “They have been there to be shot at all season, fair play to them for that. They have been a real difficult team to play against.

“Obviously losing Charlie Wyke was a big thing. I don’t know why they have hit a bit of a bad patch, everyone does through the season, but they haven’t had too many bad results. They’re in a difficult spell now, hopefully that will continue.”



(Pictured: Dan Potts and Charlie Wyke prepare to challenge for a header, the latter scored 18 goals for the Cumbrians this season before joining Bradford City on transfer deadline day in January)

The Town manager is expecting a response from the Cumbrians, who fell to a 3-0 home defeat at the weekend against Cambridge United, with his team also looking to put right what happened on Saturday at Kenilworth Road.

“Well they might do [respond from the loss to Cambridge], but we need to do that as well,” said the Welshman. “So look, both have come off the back of a defeat at the weekend, so I can’t second guess what’s going to happen.

“We have got a game plan, or we are going to try to stick to a game plan. That’s all we can affect. However that affects Carlisle, it affects Carlisle, but I can’t second guess what they’re going to try and do.”

With the Hatters sat in sixth, a win tonight could put them as high as fourth, providing Stevenage don’t pick up anything more than a draw at Bloomfield Road tonight when they play Blackpool.

This will be the second meeting this season between the Hatters and Carlisle, after the 1-1 draw back in December at Kenilworth Road. Jason Kennedy gave the visitors the lead that day as he tapped in from close range early on, before the Town responded almost immediately through Danny Hylton.



(Pictured: Danny Hylton equalises for the Hatters against the Cumbrians earlier on in the season)

In total the sides have faced each other 27 times. The Hatters have won 11 of those meetings, drawn nine and lost the other seven.

Lancashire-based referee Lee Mason will be overseeing tonight’s game. The 45-year-old is a regular Premier League ref, with this his first League Two match of the season. So far he has handed out 59 yellow cards and two reds this season in the 16 matches he has taken charge of.

As a token of gratitude for the travelling Town faithful, LTFC will be providing Hatters fans with a free hot dog and hot drink at Brunton Park, which you can find all the information on how to redeem by clicking here.

Fans travelling north can pay on the night, although ticket prices rise by £3 after 5pm.

For those not heading to Cumbria, the game will be shown on the screens in Kenilworth Road’s hospitality areas, with tickets costing £5. To purchase one, call the Ticket Office on 01582 416976. All the information for those coming to Kenilworth Road tonight can be found by clicking here.

If you’re not able to do either of the above, Hatters Player subscribers can tune in for full match commentary from just before 7:45pm, whilst the live Wall will be in action on the LTFC website.