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MATCH PREVIEW | LUTON TOWN v BRENTFORD

The Hatters host the Bees at Kenilworth Road tonight, 7.45pm kick-off

25 February 2020

The Hatters host Brentford tonight in the Sky Bet Championship looking to get back to winning ways after defeat at the weekend.

The 3-1 loss to Charlton Athletic was a first defeat in three games but a win against the Bees could move Town to within three points of safety. Last time out at Kenilworth Road, James Collins' tenth goal of the season - having missed a second-minute penalty - was enough to see Sheffield Wednesday beaten to lift the Hatters off the foot of the table.

They won the next game 1-0 at Middlesbrough too, but have since moved back to the bottom of the second tier table. Brentford, meanwhile, are in fourth position and could move above Fulham with a victory.

 

Graeme Jones said:

(Please note these quotes are taken from a separate interview after Graeme’s post-match press conference at Charlton on Saturday evening. You can watch the latest video on iFollow Hatters FREEVIEW by clicking here)

On the game’s importance: “It’s another opportunity for three points, everybody blew today (Charlton) up, bottom of the league but it’s three points, it’s another game, it’s about points tally. Our next opportunity to achieve points is Brentford at home.”

On Brentford’s threat: “They were exceptional that day when we played them so we need to be ready whoever is picked. Whoever goes out on the pitch needs to be ready mentally, physically and tactically, without a doubt.”

Any changes to the team: "I’ve got to have people available who are capable of coming in and giving the level that our boys did against Sheffield Wednesday and against Middlesbrough. I will only make those changes if I feel like that will be the case.”

The importance of Kenilworth Road: “Our crowd have got a part to play on Tuesday and Saturday without a doubt, they have to keep believing. Believe you me, we are in here still fighting one million per cent. Our next opportunity is Tuesday night. The crowd have been very good this season so we need a big performance from the crowd and a big performance from the players.”

Update on James Shea: “He broke his finger in training. James is such a great character, he plays such a big part, such an important role whether he is starting or not. It’s going to have to heal on its own but I’ve been impressed with Marek Stech all season, so it’s an opportunity for him, but I think Simon Sluga grew again today with his performance, and that’s incredibly satisfying.”

 

Who?

A Championship outfit since 2015, Brentford have previously been Fourth Division winners three times, Third Division winners twice and Second Division winners in 1935 as well.

They bid farewell to Griffin Park at the end of the season hoping to build on their 11th place finish in the Championship last season as they attempt to gain promotion into the Premier League.

 

When and where?

Kick-off is 7.45pm at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 25th February.

 

Man in the middle?

Tonight's referee is Darren England, who last refereed the Hatters at home to Charlton Athletic in November and away at AFC Bournemouth in the Emirates FA Cup third round in January.

England has shown 66 yellows and only one red card in 25 matches this season, including one in the Premier League last month when he took charge of Southampton v Wolves.

 

Ticket information

Tickets remain available for tonight's fixture either online or from the Ticket Office via phone or in person.

However, due to Brentford selling their full allocation, only supporters with a previous purchasing history will be able to purchase tickets. Any tickets purchased online will be available for collection from the Ticket Office.

Click here for prices.

 

Played before?

The two sides met at Griffin Park in November and the Bees were 7-0 victors that day.

Despite that, the Hatters have the all-time superior record over their counterparts, winning 35 games compared to Brentford’s 26, sharing 15 draws as well.

 

Follow the action

The main blow-by-blow action 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

The main blow-by-blow action account of the action from The Valley will be provided via the Match Centre on the club website, which you can access by clicking here. 

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/


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