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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V MORECAMBE

5 May 2017

Don't forget, kick-off is at 5:30pm tomorrow afternoon!

The Hatters take on Morecambe tomorrow at Kenilworth Road for the final game of the regular season – with plenty going on before the game to keep fans entertained all afternoon!

Face painting for kids, £1 off alcoholic drinks around the stadium between 3pm and 4:30pm for the adults, as well as plenty of musical and sporting entertainment – there’s going to be a real carnival atmosphere at the Kenny!

With a play-off place confirmed for Nathan Jones’ team, they now play to consolidate fourth spot – with a draw against the Shrimps all that’s needed for that to happen.

But as well as Jones pointing out in his press conference yesterday the importance of momentum going into the play-off semi-finals, he believes that it’ll be a testing match against Jim Bentley’s team.



(Pictured: Nathan Jones takes questions in press conference yesterday, the first one he has held at the Brache)

The Welshman said: “It will be a difficult game and they have got a good team, Morecambe. I remember they started the season like a house on fire and were top of the league at the end of August.

“They are a good side in their own right. A lot has happened at the club this year that might have taken a little bit of focus, because things like that happen. But they’ll be a good side, they will be committed. As long as my side aren’t complacent and don’t take it lightly, then that’s all I can ask.”

Although the Shrimps’ place in Sky Bet League Two is confirmed for next season, the Town boss is still expecting them to be a tough side to play – depending on their motivation.

“I think any side is a dangerous side to play,” he continued. “It depends on their motivation. If they’re motivated and they turn up and want to win the game, it’ll be a difficult game.

“But hopefully we are going to turn up with that mentality and Morecambe will know they are in for a difficult game.”

Tomorrow’s visitors have a number of threats up front, but none more so than the evergreen Kevin Ellison. The 38-year-old has scored nine times this season, helping him reach a tally of 69 goals for Morecambe since his arrival at the Globe Arena back in 2011.

The Hatters boss has been impressed with the veteran forward, and doesn’t believe the Morecambe man gets enough credit.



(Pictured: Ellison celebrates with his team mates after scoring against Leyton Orient earlier on in the season)

Jones said: “He scored some goal against Exeter the other day. He just seems to be like Benjamin Button and getting younger.

“But he’s had a wonderful career, he’s a real players’ player. He is a real pain in the butt to play against, but he’s good to have in your side, never stops working, has a good left foot. He’s technically better than he is probably given credit for and he’s a little bit like Jonny on the spot, always in and around to get tap ins.

“It’s a credit to him that he’s still playing at the age he is with the zest and vigour, so that’s a credit to him.”

The Hatters are on a decent run of their own, having now gone six unbeaten, picking up four wins and two draws since the beginning of April.

With victories over Notts County and Accrington Stanley their most recent games, the Town have the chance of winning three consecutive league games – a feat they are yet to achieve this season.

The game tomorrow will be refereed by John Busby, who has overseen 35 matches this season. In those fixtures, he has dished out 128 yellow cards and three red cards.

Hatters Player subscribers can tune in for full match commentary, whilst the live wall will be available for all supporters who are unable to attend tomorrow’s game.

Our Hatters Player commentator, Simon Pitts, will be wearing his favourite LTFC onesie in the press box tomorrow to raise cash for Level Trust. If you would like to sponsor Simon, please click here.
 

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