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Sheehan captains the Hatters against League One Posh tonight

9 January 2018

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Hatters boss Nathan Jones has named a strong side to take on Sky Bet League One Peterborough United in the Checkatrade Trophy third round at Kenilworth Road tonight.

James Shea is in goal, with Alan Sheehan eligible to captain the side from the heart of defence despite serving a three-match league and FA Cup suspension, as this competition has its own discipline rules.

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu in the middle of midfield is the only player included who started at Newcastle on Saturday, while Harry Cornick and Luke Gambin – both who appeared as substitutes at St James’ Park – start in attack.

Peterborough include former Hatters striker Jack Marriott, who left the Town in the summer to move to London Road.

A reminder that if the scores are level at the end of 90 minutes tonight, there will be no extra-time or replay. The tie will go straight to a penalty shoot-out to determine which team goes through to the quarter-final stage.

As was the case in the games against Tottenham Hotspur U21s and Barnet, when the Town won both to earn group stage bonus points, the shoot-out will follow the new ABBA format being trialled in EFL competitions this season rather than the traditional ABAB sequence.


TOWN: Shea, Musonda, Sheehan ©, Famewo, Stacey, Mpanzu, D’Ath, Senior, Gambin, Cornick, Cook. Subs: Justin, Potts, O Lee, Shinnie, McQuoid, Cotter, Isted (GK)

POSH: Bond, Shephard, Hughes, Tafazolli, Baldwin ©, Lloyd, Maddison, Marriott, Morias, Da Silva Lopes, Grant. Subs: Penny, Kanu, Doughty, Anderson, O’Malley (GK), Freestone, Borg

REFEREE: Anthony Coggins


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