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MATCH PREVIEW | ACCRINGTON STANLEY V LUTON TOWN

19 April 2019

The Hatters will look to get back to winning ways as they head up to Accrington Stanley tomorrow in Sky Bet League One.

With the game being moved for Sky Sports, it will not be available to watch on iFollow Hatters.

A victory would be a huge step in the right direction for the Hatters, as they currently sit top of the pile with 87 points.

They suffered their first defeat in exactly six months last Saturday as they lost to Charlton Athletic – having broken a number of club and league records as they went 28 games unbeaten.

After a decent start to life in League One following on from their promotion alongside the Hatters, Stanley's form dropped off dramatically, going from a potential play-off chaser to at one stage a real relegation contender.

They've managed to pull away from the bottom four, however, even though they are currently 16th, there is still that slight threat of relegation.

MICK HARFORD SAYS:

On the talk him and his players had after the Charlton game: "It was nothing negative, there was no berating of the players, there was no criticism of the players. We are thrilled with the position we have got ourselves into this season and it's been a remarkable season in terms of what we have achieved so far, but we haven't done anything yet in terms of achieving promotion. We've put ourselves in a great spot, I wouldn't change it for any other team in the league that we're in at the moment. Saturday brought us back down to earth with a little bit of a bump."

On playing over Easter weekend: "It's nice to be on the TV. It's something the players will embrace. It's an opportunity to go to Accrington who are fighting down the other end of the table and they've had some good results and good performances lately. Will it help us or hinder us? I don't really care to be honest, as long as we look after our own business, we will be fine. I have said it all along - if we can just take care of ourselves then we will be fine. One of the bonuses is we will be playing at Kenilworth Road on a Tuesday night under the lights and I would rather that then play on a Monday afternoon over Easter.

On Accrington: "I take my hat off to John Coleman and his team for the way they performed last season in terms of winning the title and deservedly so. In my opinion, if you finish top of the league you deserve to win the title. They had a remarkable run, a brilliant run in terms of what they did. He utilised his squad, didn't really make many changes. It's a big challenge for us, we have done well up there in the past and we hope to do well again but John sets his team up well and he gets them playing a certain way and they will be hard to beat.

"I watched the game and they deserved to beat Walsall in terms of the possession, the way they played and the chances they created. But we will make our players aware of their strengths and weaknesses and hopefully we can exploit some of those weaknesses and stop some of their strengths."

WHO?

The winners of Sky Bet League Two last season, Accrington got off to a brilliant start in the third tier. They beat a good mix of sides across the division and went on an unbeaten run of ten games before suffering defeat in October. Their form dropped considerably and it took a win against Walsall last weekend to really drag them away from the relegation zone. Now in his second spell as Accrington boss, John Coleman has overseen four promotions at the Wham Stadium, taking charge of over 800 games.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 5.30pm at The Wham Stadium on Saturday 20th April.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE?

Carl Boyeson will be overseeing the game, having taken charge of 34 games this season, dishing out 111 yellow cards and five red cards.

PLAYED BEFORE?

Town faced Accrington back in October, going onto win the game in fantastic fashion, with Danny Hylton grabbing a hat-trick in a 4-1 win. In total we have played them 12 times, winning five, drawing three and losing four.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

The main blow-by-blow account of the action from The Wham Stadium 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 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.

A reminder that the game will not be available to watch on iFollow Hatters for international subscribers.

 


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