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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V BARNET

23 March 2018

Town welcome the Bees to Kenilworth Road tomorrow as Nathan Jones' side go in search of their first win in six Sky Bet League Two outings.

With Accrington Stanley not in action this weekend, the Hatters – who have only lost twice in 11 matches – could move back to the top of the fourth tier with a win over the division's bottom side, whose new boss Martin Allen has called on his side to achieve 'Mission Impossible' as they try to push for safety.

The Bees visit the second most difficult place to play in the division, as the Hatters have picked up 41 points from a possible 57 at Kenilworth Road so far this campaign, rattling in 52 home league goals in the process.

If he plays tomorrow, defender Alan Sheehan – the manager's first signing after taking over in January 2016 – will bring up his century of appearances in a Luton shirt.

Tomorrow is the Hatters' designated Kick It Out Day at Kenilworth Road, where the club help promote the fantastic work they do in football. For more info on Kick It Out, please click here.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On the impact Martin Allen can have at Barnet in his fifth spell in charge: "Martin has an impact wherever he goes, in whatever way that he does. We can't second guess that, but we concentrate on Luton not Barnet.

"If Barnet come here and are better than us, then we'll hold our hands up. But not many have come here and been better than us, so they're going to have to be a good side on the day. I've got no idea what Martin's going to do. I get on with Martin, I really like him, I've got a good relationship with Martin.

"I watched our game against them when we played them two years ago, because that was the last time we crossed paths (with Allen in charge), and it was a good game – a very entertaining game with lots of chances. We hope we get a better result than we did that day (a 2-1 defeat to the Bees), but we can't second guess what Barnet are going to do. We'll just prepare our team to get the right result."

To read more on what Nathan Jones had to say on contracts and Town's international players click here.

WHO?

The season began brightly for tomorrow's visitors, an opening day draw at Forest Green Rovers was followed by a 1-0 victory over the Hatters, going onto pick up ten points from their opening six games. However, their form dropped off, first costing Rossi Eames the job, before Mark McGhee over saw three wins and eight defeats in 11 games.

Now seven points off safety, Allen – who took over from Graham Westley – has got the opportunity to pull off a Newport-esque recovery, but time is certainly against the former QPR and West Ham United midfielder's side.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 5:15pm on Saturday 24th March at Kenilworth Road.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are still available for purchase in person and over the phone on 01582 416976 from the Ticket Office, as well as online, which you can access by clicking here.

PLAYED BEFORE?

Our last meeting ended in a 1-0 win for the Bees at The Hive last August, as Jack Taylor's late curling effort gave then boss Rossi Eames his first win as full-time Barnet boss. The north Londoners have already visited Kenilworth Road this season in the Checkatrade Trophy, when the group stage game finished in a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes, with the Town earning a bonus point with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win.

Their last league visit was on New Year's Eve last season, when Alan Sheehan, Cameron McGeehan and Alex Gilliead were on target in a 3-1 win for the Town. Of the ten games between the two sides, Town have won six, drawn two and lost two.

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' audio match commentary, but international subscribers will NOT be able to watch the game live on this occasion as it is being broadcast live on Sky Sports. They will, however, be able to listen to the live audio. You can subscribe to iFollow Hatters by clicking here...

AWAY SUPPORTERS' GUIDE

If you are a Barnet supporter heading to Kenilworth Road for this fixture, please check out our Away Supporters' Guide by clicking here, to make sure you get the most out of your trip to Luton!

CAR PARKING

Don't forget to take advantage of the car parking now available at Power Court, make sure you get your permit now by clicking here.


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