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MATCH PREVIEW: STEVENAGE V LUTON TOWN

9 February 2018

The Town travel to the Lamex Stadium tomorrow aiming to pick up their 20th Sky Bet League Two win of the season as they take on mid-table Stevenage.

Should Nathan Jones' side accomplish that, they will have equalled their tally of league wins for the whole of last season – and it could also put them 11 points clear at the top of the fourth tier.

After a decent start, Boro's form has dropped off, having only picked up four wins in their last 20 league games, nine of those ending in defeat.

Darren Sarll's side are certainly a threat going forward though, as the experienced Alex Revell – a January signing from Northampton Town - bolsters a strike force of 14-goal Matt Godden and Danny Newton, who has 11. They did lose creative midfielder Tom Pett, however, who joined league rivals Lincoln City.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On our 7-1 win over Boro in our last meeting: "It was difficult here. It wasn't a walkover in any way, we were clinical on the day.

"We played very well, but we had to work at it. It was a very difficult game. We go away there and we have always had difficult games there.

"There are no easy games and Stevenage will be a very tough game, we know that. But I would imagine they know they're in for a tough game too, because it's that kind of game."

On our current position at the top of the table: "We have put ourselves in a wonderful position and all we can do is concentrate on what we do. If we get enough points, it will be very difficult for enough sides to catch us.

"That's all we can concentrate on us, not worry about 'if they win and we don't win...'. We go out and try and win every game. We are good enough to win games. We have to get to a certain level and once we get to a certain level, then it'll be very difficult for three or more teams to catch us.

On taking 1,857 supporters to the Lamex Stadium: "The locality of the games means they will turn out in numbers – it's a wonderful game. It's like a home game at times with the amount we take, they will create a great atmosphere.

"There's been some entertaining games between us and Stevenage. We lost there last year which we don't want to do again. Hopefully we can give them [the supporters] a better result than last time."

Click here for quotes from the gaffer on the fitness of Alan McCormack, Danny Hylton and Elliot Lee.

WHO?

The second half of last term saw Darren Sarll's side mount a serious challenge for a place in the top seven – including beating the Hatters in mid-March – and with six games to go they were fourth, five points clear of eighth. Their form fell apart, but some strong signings over the course of the last two transfer windows has seen them put a decent squad together – with a side already heavy with ex-Hatters.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm on Saturday 10th February at the Lamex Stadium.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for this fixture have sold out.

PLAYED BEFORE?

Of the 11 meetings, the Hatters have won six and lost four. Last season Boro completed the double over the Town. The last meeting however saw the Hatters scoop one of their biggest wins this campaign, as they put seven past Sarll's side, as Luke Berry netted a hat-trick. You can watch his iFollow Hatters interview from yesterday by clicking here.

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. You can subscribe to iFollow Hatters by clicking here... and supporters who are overseas can buy an individual match pass for the live video stream via the Match Centre.


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