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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V COVENTRY CITY

27 October 2017

The Hatters could make it ten games unbeaten for the first time in over three years as Nathan Jones hopes his 100th game in charge of the Town ends with them cementing their place at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table as they take on Coventry City at Kenilworth Road tomorrow.

The gaffer has won 48 of his 99 games in charge, but his side come up against the tightest defence in the EFL in the Sky Blues, who have only let in eight goals this season.

On the flipside, Mark Robins' side will have to keep out the most potent attack in the EFL, with Town netting 34 times in 15 outings in the division so far.

The Hatters have also kept things tight at the back, as last Saturday's 0-0 draw at Crawley Town was Jones' team's seventh clean sheet of the season – having conceded just 12 times in League Two.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On the size of the game and the club's ambitions to head back up the EFL: "Both clubs have ambitions of getting back there. It's a big fixture, there will be a big crowd. They'll bring good travelling fans as well. It's the game we want at Kenilworth Road.

"It's the last game of a difficult month against all our promotion rivals basically. It's been a real difficult month, we've acquitted ourselves well and we want to finish the month off well."

On Coventry's brilliant defence: "They have got a fantastic defensive record – they have only conceded eight in 15 games which is phenomenal. It's going to be a difficult game, we have to embrace these games, we come good against good opposition and that's what we have got to try and do.

"We cannot affect anything that Coventry do, all we can do is affect how we come out and play.

"I felt we were a bit jaded on Saturday. I have watched the game back – we controlled the game. They had a counter-attacking threat because of how they played, they sat deep. But if we had a clinical edge like we did against Stevenage then we would have won the game.

"But it wasn't to be, so we are looking for that reaction, we have looked after them this week, we have trained, we have come off the gas a little bit and now we are sharpening them up because we want to be right at it on Saturday."

On setting points targets each month: "They set themselves 11 points in the first month and we took eight, so they're three behind, but this brings them right up to it. We hit our targets in the second month, this month we have already hit our target.

"To get where we want to be you have to get two points a game and we're right on that at the moment. We want to make sure we stay ahead of that because the form we are in we might not be at it every single game, we might have hiccups, what we want to do is stay ahead of the game, stay ahead of the opposition and win as many games as we can."

WHO?

In the fourth tier for the first time in 57 years, Coventry sit just outside the play-offs heading into tomorrow's game. A Premier League outfit as recently as 2001, the Sky Blues slipped down the pyramid, spending five seasons in Sky Bet League One before finishing second bottom last year. Under Mark Robins – who arrived for his second spell at the Ricoh Arena back in March – they picked up the Checkatrade Trophy with victory over Oxford United at Wembley, and are now looking to go back up at the first attempt.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm on Saturday 28th October at Kenilworth Road.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets will only be on sale to home supporters with previous booking history, given the fact that Coventry have sold out their allocation for tomorrow's game. Tickets will not be on sale from cash turnstiles and will only be available from the Ticket Office from 9am.

 You can find out more information on this by clicking here.

You can purchase your ticket now from the Ticket Office in person, over the phone on 01582 416976 or online by clicking here.

LAST TIME WE PLAYED?

The Hatters last played Coventry back in 2007 in the Championship, when we fell to a 1-0 away defeat. Our last meeting at Kenilworth Road ended slightly differently as Ahmet Brkovic, Dean Morgan and Rowan Vine all got on the scoresheet for the Town in December 2006 in a 3-1 win.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

You can follow the Hatters' Twitter feed on @LutonTown, or stay up to date on the LTFC website in the match centre. iFollow Hatters subscribers can tune in for Simon Pitts' match commentary, whilst international subscribers can watch the game live.

AWAY SUPPORTERS

If you're a Coventry City supporter heading to Kenilworth Road tomorrow, check out our away supporters guide by clicking here to make sure you get the full matchday experience!


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