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MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN V BRISTOL ROVERS

14 September 2018

The Hatters welcome Bristol Rovers to Kenilworth Road tomorrow afternoon in Sky Bet League One, as they look to extend their excellent run of form at home.

Unbeaten in front of the Kenilworth Road faithful in all competitions so far this campaign, the Hatters have picked up seven of their eight points at home in the third tier this season.

The current run at home in 2018 has seen the Town only defeated twice in 14 outings, with Nathan Jones wanting to see this continue – you can read his quotes from yesterday's press conference below.

Rovers have had a difficult start to the season, having been victorious in just one of their opening eight games, with five points to their name.

A reminder to supporters that contactless card payment will be available around the ground at our food and refreshment kiosks!

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On whether he will make changes this weekend: "We've got a strong squad, they're all in competition week-in week-out. I don't think it's any individual that's making massive errors, it's not.

"It's weird, there's a few little things that have gone against us and with the added quality we're coming up against, we're getting punished for that. Doncaster probably had three opportunities all game and scored from two of them.

"So it's making sure that we eradicate those and then taking ours (chances) down the other end, because we had enough chances to have won the game. As Grant McCann said, we're the best side they've come up against, because we've watched the game they've played and they've dominated pretty much every game they've played. They didn't dominate Saturday, it's just they were slightly more clinical than us in front of goal."

On the good home form and improving the away form: "We want it to play a big part, but we want our away form to supplement that excellent home form. We can't just rely on winning games at home, we've been excellent at home in all competitions in terms of three wins and a draw, then away from home we've had three defeats and a draw.

"So there's a stark contrast. What we have to do is make sure we maintain our home form, because we are good at home and eradicate the away form, because the away form will stop up from doing whatever we want to do."

On Bristol Rovers: They might have had a sticky start, but it's early days, it's seven games in, so we won't be over judgmental on our performances or anybody else's. We know it's going to be a real tough game. I know Darrell Clarke and Marcus Stewart, I have played with and against both, so I know it's going to be a very tough game. Early form will be slightly out the window, but we have to concentrate on what we do.

"If we're at our maximum then I will be happy with that and we've not been far off our maximum in lots of games, there's just one or two things we need to brush up on."

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

WHO?

It was a season of consolidation last season for Gas after their impressive climb from Non-League football just three years ago. Two relegations in four years saw Rovers drop into the Conference in 2014, but they made an instant return to League Two, winning back-to-back promotions when they went up again the following season. A tenth placed finish in 2016/17 saw them slow down their upward curve, but last season's mid-table finish is by no-means a failure.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm at Kenilworth Road on Saturday 15th September

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for tomorrow afternoon's game are still available for purchase from the LTFC Ticket Office in person, over the phone on 01582 416976 and online by clicking here. Prices are set at category B. We are expecting a large home crowd for the game, so please purchase your ticket in advance. Subject to availability, cash turnstiles will be available for the Main Stand and the Oak Road.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Tomorrow's edition of This Is Our Town includes all the info on Gas and their squad – whilst Dan Potts takes centre spot, as he answers the questions you sent in via social media for him!

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Tomorrow's game will be refereed by Robert Lewis, who last took charge of a Town game in the 2-2 draw at Cheltenham Town back in November. He has overseen six games so far this campaign, dishing out 20 yellow cards and one red card.

PLAYED BEFORE?

Of the 122 meetings between the Hatters, Town have beaten the Pirates on 46 occasions, losing 47 times and drawing 29.

CAR PARKING

If you're driving to the game tomorrow, don't forget you can take advantage of the car parking now available at Power Court. Make sure you get your permit now by clicking here.

AWAY SUPPORTERS

If you're a Bristol Rovers supporter heading for Kenilworth Road tomorrow, check out our away supporters' guide by clicking here.

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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