The Hatters are looking to continue their good run of form when they travel to Wigan Athletic tomorrow afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship.
Town could move to within two points of safety in the second tier but are up against an in-form Latics side who are unbeaten in their last five matches.
Paul Cook’s side are 19th in the table and six points above the Hatters at the start of play but in the last six games, Town rank eighth in the Championship form table with three wins and a draw.
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Graeme Jones said:
(Please note these quotes are taken from Graeme’s press conference on Thursday)
On Wigan’s recent form: “I’ve looked at them three times now and I’ve watched our game back so there is a mark difference in their style and their shape. Paul’s definitely found personnel that suit that shape and they’re a handful.
“They did it at Leeds which started the ball rolling a little bit for them. Obviously it’s a club I know well, a club I follow in terms of results. I think we’re on a fantastic run as well and their last five I think they’re on an even better run, so it’s going to be interesting at the weekend.”
On his past with the Latics: “I played three years at Springfield Park and a year at the JJB as it was then, as a player. Obviously I then had four years there as assistant manager. My home is in that area, I spent eight years there as a player but I’ve got no sentiment at all on Saturday, I don’t look at it that way. It will be nice to see some familiar faces who are friends because I spent that much time at the club, but emotionally I’m completely detached and I’m only looking at the game rationally on behalf of Luton Town.”
On Kieffer Moore and other threats: “I thought he was a threat in the game against us down here. He scored, but he looks like he has matured, he has improved so it’s something we’ve got to be aware of. Joe Williams, Antonee Robertson, his AC Milan move broke down and he didn’t go in the end. But he’s very athletic Antonee, and Joe Williams has got a heart like a bucket. He’s been out on loan, Wigan invested in him and he’s part of a system at the moment which really suits him – he looks very comfortable as one of the main players for Wigan.”
After Wigan Athletic were elected to the Football League in 1978, they gained promotion into the Premier League in 2005. They spent eight seasons in the top flight until they were relegated in 2013, but they did win the FA Cup that season, with a 1-0 win over Manchester City in which current Hatter Callum McManaman was voted Man of the Match.
When and where?
Kick-off is 3pm on Saturday 7th March at the DW Stadium.
Man in the middle?
The referee for Saturday’s game is Gavin Ward – who has taken charge of 25 games this season, dishing out 87 yellows and three red cards.
The Town Ticket Office can advise that over 1,100 tickets have been sold thus far and pay on the day is also available at the DW Stadium.
The two sides met in December and a 93rd minute George Moncur goal earned the Hatters a 2-1 victory in a dramatic game at Kenilworth Road.
There have been 15 meetings between Town and the Latics, with five wins, five draws and five losses apiece.
Follow the action
The main blow-by-blow action account of the action from the DW 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)
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