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MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN V ACCRINGTON STANLEY

23 October 2018

The Hatters entertain Accrington Stanley this evening at Kenilworth Road with both sides heading into the fixture in strong form.

Nathan Jones' side have only lost one of their last seven games – a run that has helped lift them to seventh in Sky Bey League One, three points off the play-offs.

Accrington are in just as good a vein of form, winning five of their last six league outings, including an impressive 1-0 away victory at Peterborough United on Saturday.

Town brought an end to Walsall's unbeaten away record on Saturday as Glen Rea and Jorge Grant scored in a 2-0 victory, and a win or draw tonight for the hosts would extend the unbeaten run at Kenilworth Road in the league this season to eight.

John Coleman's team suffered their first away defeat of the campaign at the beginning of the month in a 1-0 loss to Shrewsbury, but barring that result, Stanley have been superb on the road, and setup another tough test for the Hatters this evening.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On Accrington: "I think people always mention about 'little old Accrington', but they're actually a good team. They've got good players, they've got good coaching staff. They have a structure that they play to that they very rarely change, the players know it.

"They've actually got good players that want to work hard, that want to play for the club. So what more do you want as a manager? They're a good side and he's (John Coleman) doing a great job and I don't think they're overachieving in anyway because they have got real continuity.

"They've won so many games 1-0, that shows that defensively they're very good and they have still got goals – they've got that balance. They've a very good side, so it hasn't surprised me in any way, shape or form. Unless you look at them week-in, week-out and you look at them being classed as 'little old Accrington', you look deeper and you know they're a very good football club with good things right throughout them, so they're a good side, a very good side and it will be a really tough game.

"I can say a load of their stats and I can wax lyrical about them, they're a good side and it will be a tough test. But Walsall were a tough test, others have come here and been a tough test, so we have got to take confidence in that, because we're a good side as well. They're always tight games.

"We had one towards the end of a season where we won 4-1 up there, but apart from that, games have been really tight between us and Accrington since I came here. Even when I came here and they were flying, it was 1-0 and it was a real tight game. we know it's going to be margins, but we have got to make sure we are on the right side of those."

On continuing the home form: "I don't want to lose the game, I hate losing, I don't care who it is against. We're in good form and we want to continue that form. Yes, we had a blip at Barnsley where we weren't as good, that cost a winning streak, but we got straight back on it on Saturday and we want to continue that because we have got some big games coming up."

YOU CAN NOW WATCH NATHAN JONES' PRE-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE ON IFOLLOW HATTERS FREEVIEW BY CLICKING HERE

WHO?

One of the form teams in the division, Accrington have got off to a flying start and if they continue in this vein, have no doubt they'll be challenging for those top spots in League One come the end of the season.

Billy Kee has carried on his scoring form from last season into this one, bagging six goals so far. Sean McConville has netted the same about, but also has three assists to his name.

Just two defeats from their opening 14 games sees them sit in fourth, picking up 26 points.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 7.45pm at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 23rd October.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for tonight's game are currently on sale from the LTFC Ticket Office, but will also be available on cash turnstiles for the Main Stand and the Oak Road.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Tonight's game will be refereed by Christopher Sarginson, who has overseen 11 games so far this campaign, dishing out 29 yellow cards and no red cards.

POWER COURT CAR PARKING

Take advantage of the fantastic car parking deal we have on for supporters, click here for more info!

AWAY SUPPORTERS

If you're an Accrington Stanley supporter heading to Kenilworth Road tonight, click here to have a look at our away supporters' guide.

PLAYED BEFORE?

Town faced Accrington in the league last year, with Nathan Jones' side defeating Stanley at their place 2-0 in October, before they came here in March – beating us 2-1. In total we have played them 11 times, winning four, drawing three and losing four.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The main blow-by-blow account of the action from Kenilworth Road will be provided via the Match Centre on the club website, which you can access by clicking here. (*Please note that the club's Live Text will appear only by accessing through an internet browser, users of the Luton Town FC app will receive updates from Opta... the EFL Digital team assure us they are working on a fix to get club updates onto the app)

The main moments from the game will appear on the Hatters' social media feeds:

Twitter – @LutonTown
Facebook – www.facebook.com/LutonTown/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/ltfc_official/

And of course Simon Pitts will be on hand to provide commentary for iFollow Hatters which you can subscribe to by clicking here.


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