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Big Preview: Luton Town vs Southend United

21 August 2018

Luton Town vs Southend United...

Blues go in search of back-to-back victories this evening as Chris Powell’s side travel to Kenilworth Road to take on newly-promoted Luton Town.

Last weekend saw Southend pick up their first victory of the campaign as goals from Tom Hopper and Simon Cox vanquished Bradford City at Roots Hall.

And Blues head to Luton for the first time in almost four years to take on a Hatters side who have yet to pick up a win since their return to League One.

Defeats away to Portsmouth and Peterborough bookended a creditable draw at home to Sunderland and Southend will be keen to ensure they’re not Luton’s first victims of the campaign. 

Luton Town: LLDLWW

Southend United: WLDLDW

25th April 2015: Southend United (Timlin) 1 vs 0 Luton Town

11th October 2014: Luton Town (Lawless, Cullen) 2 vs 0 Southend United

29th November 2008: Southend United (Stanislas 2, Walker) 3 vs 1 (Spillane) Luton Town

Blues boss Chris Powell may look to name an unchanged starting 11 for the third league game in a row following Saturday’s 2-0 victory against Bradford City.

Both of Blues’ strikers scored in that win over the Bantams so they’re likely to retain their places ahead of Shawn McCouslky – who has yet to feature in the league for Blues – and Theo Robinson.

Certain absentees will be Sam Barratt and Harry Lennon, while Luke Hyam is also likely to miss out as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem.

Powell said there were a few "knocks and bruises" that will need to be shaken off from Saturday's win but nothing major, and Mark Oxley is OK after suffering from cramp in that game.

Luton will be without their experienced midfielder Alan McCormack after the Irishman picked up a calf injury in Saturday’s defeat to Peterborough United.

Glen Rea is expected to replace the injured McCormack, while fellow midfielder Luke Berry moves closer to a return to regular action having recovered from a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“We will have to call on our energy and our reserves of energy to do our best to get a foothold in the game and be really diligent with and without the ball.

“We’ve been that way, but what has impressed me most about us is we’ve been creating chances, without really getting the amount of goals I think we should have converted from the chances we created.

“We’re going to have to earn the right to play football and I’m sure Luton Town will be the same.

Nathan Jones, Luton Town Manager: 

"We will pick a side tomorrow that we feel can win the game. Some will be enforced changes – we have one enforced change. So whether we make changes or not, it will be for the good of Luton Town and that's what we're looking to do.

"I owe Chris quite a lot, to be honest, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Obviously, he's doing a really good job there, he did a good job when he was at Charlton, I loved working for him.

"He gave me a real opportunity there, I worked with Harty as well there, but Chris was a big influence on me. He gave me the autonomy and the decision-making mobility that I could control that group and I think I repaid him by producing players for his first team.”

We have sold 907 tickets and tickets are now off sale from us.

Blues fans do have until 5pmto buy direct from Luton, after which they are not available.

This game is all ticket and therefore cannot be bought on the gate.

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Match Report: Luton 2-0 Southend

21 August 2018

Southend failed to back up their victory against Bradford as they fell to a 2-0 defeat away at Luton Town thanks to goals from Elliot Lee and a Danny Hylton penalty.

The Hatters, who were in search of their first win since returning to League One, took the lead inside two minutes after Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu’s effort deflected kindly to Lee to smash home.

Blues responded well but were dominating possession without creating chances and they fell further behind before the interval when Hylton converted from the penalty spot after a foul on Lee.

Chris Powell brought on Theo Robinson and Shawn McCoulsky early in the second-half to try and manufacturer a comeback but it was to no avail with Luton looking the most likely to score again.

Mark Oxley had to make superb one-on-one stops to prevent efforts from Hylton and Andrew Shinnie extending the Hatters lead but they’d already done enough to claim the three points.

Defeat for Blues extended a miserable record for Southend at Kenilworth Road, having not won on any of their last 13 visits, with Blues’ winless run in Bedfordshire dating back to 1964.

In an attempt to make it 14th time lucky, Powell made just the one change from the weekend’s win over Bradford City, with Elvis Bwomono coming in for Michael Kightly, allowing Jason Demetriou to push forward into midfield.

The hosts, managed by former Chris Powell protegee Nathan Jones, made four changes as they went in search for their first win of the campaign following promotion last season and Luton made the ideal start by taking the lead through Elliot Lee inside two minutes.

There was a touch of fortune about the goal as Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu’s strike from the edge of the area fell kindly to Lee, via a couple of deflections, but the Luton number 10 made no mistake from close range to give Nathan Jones’ side an early lead.

Blues responded well to going a goal behind and were moving the ball around crisply, but despite dominating possession they weren’t able to carve out any meaningful attempts on James Shea’s goal to threaten an equaliser in the opening half.

Tom Hopper thought momentarily that he’d got Southend level midway through the first-half after he nodded in a looping cross from Elvis Bwomono but referee Trevor Kettle blew his whistle early for a foul by the Blues striker to rule it out.

Almost immediately after and Mark Oxley had to be on his toes to stop Jorge Grant from doubling the home side’s advantage after he was teed up by Jack Stacey, firing the ball towards goal only to see his effort tipped over the crossbar by the Blues number one.

But that lead was extended before the interval when Bwomono was adjudged to have brought Lee down inside the area to give Luton the chance to double their advantage from 12-yards. Danny Hylton duly obliged, sending Oxley the wrong way to send the Hatters into the break 2-0 up.

Luton looked to put the game to bed quickly in the second-half and had a glorious chance to extend their lead when Hylton was put clean through on goal. Oxley was quick to react to the danger and came flying off his line, preventing Hylton’s stabbed effort to keep the deficit to two.

With half an hour remaining, Chris Powell threw on Theo Robinson and Shawn McCoulsky and the four-pronged attack from Blues replicated the first-half in many ways, with Southend having a lot of possession without forcing Shea into action.

If anything, Luton continued to go close to a third goal of the game with Oxley having to be on his game to stop Lee at his near-post, before producing a second one-on-one save to prevent Andrew Shinnie after a James Justin through-ball sliced Blues open.

Backed by 916 away fans at Kenilworth Road, Southend never looked likely to nick one at the end and make a nervy finish to the game as the Hatters comfortably held on to secure their first win of the season.

Luton Town XI: Shea, Potts, Bradley, Pearson, Stacey, Hylton (Collins 90+2’), Lee (Cornick 83’), Shinnie, Rea, Mpanzu, Grant (Justin 73’). Subs Not Used: Stech, Jervis, Gambin, Sheehan

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono (McCoulsky 61’), Coker, Turner, Dieng (Hyam 46’), Hopper, Cox, McLaughlin (Robinson 61’), Mantom, Demetriou, White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Kightly, Kyprianou, Hendrie

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Assistants: Paul Kelly & Stuart Butler

Fourth Official: Adrian Waters

Scorers:

Luton Town: Elliot Lee 2’, Danny Hylton 33’(p)

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Luton Town: Glen Rea 65’

Southend United: Luke Hyam 68’, Jason Demetriou 88’

Attendance: 9,086 (916 away)

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Ticket News

Luton Town Come Off Sale Midday Today

21 August 2018

Tickets for Blues' game against Luton Town come off sale at 12pm today (Tuesday 21st August).

We were initially allocated 770 tickets which are situated in the Oak Road Stand, and after selling them, requested a bigger allocation.

A reminder that the game is all ticket, and will therefore tickets are not available on the night.

Collecting your ticket on the night? Please go to the away turnstiles on Oak Road to do so.

Prices are as follows:

Age Price
Adults £18 
Over 75’s £10.00
Over 65's £13.00
Young Adults £13
Under 19’s £10.00
Under 17's £6.00
Under 10's £3.00

Ambulant disabled supporters are entitled to a free carer if required and are in receipt of Higher or Middle DLA.

We also have five wheelchair spaces available and can be purchased by contacting Luton Town's Ticket Office directly which you can do by calling 01582 416976.

Going to be visiting Kenilworth Road for the first time? You can find Luton's away fan guide by clicking here.

Tickets for the game can be purchased in the Blues Box Office, Online or by calling 08444 770077.

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For Luton coach travel details click here.

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