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Big Preview: Luton Checkatrade Trophy

5 December 2018

Luton Town vs Southend United

Southend United will attempt to make it to the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy this evening as they go up against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

Having been knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by Barnsley at the weekend, the Checkatrade Trophy represents the last chance at cup success for Chris Powell’s side.

But for Blues to reach the next round of the competition they’ll need to reverse a miserable record at Luton which dates back over 50 years, with Southend’s last win there coming in 1964.

And they face a tough ask against a Luton side who are riding high in League One this season and have already beaten Southend at home back in August.

Luton Town: WWWWLW

Southend United: LWLWLW

21st August 2018: Luton Town (Lee, Hylton) 2 vs 0 Southend United

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

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

Southend’s ever-growing injury-list continues to find new additions with Jason Demetriou the latest to join the list of long-term absentees having had surgery on a knee injury this week.

The Cypriot is expected the be out for 6-8 weeks according to Blues boss Chris Powell and joins Tom Hopper, Ben Coker, Sam Barratt, Harry Kyprianou and Harry Lennon all on the sidelines.

Elvis Bwomono will fill in at right-back for the injured Demetriou with Luke Hyam likely to feature as Powell eases the former Ipswich Town midfielder back into regular first-team football.

Simon Cox, meanwhile, is also out of the tie with a knock from Saturday's defeat to Barnsley, and Powell hinted there were one or two others who were 50/50.

Luton have named an unchanged side for all of their last three matches in league and cup but will likely freshen up the side for the visit of Southend.

Danny Hylton, who scored against Blues in the league game between the two sides, is likely to feature up front with backup goalkeeper Marek Stech expected to be between the sticks.

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“It’s a one-off game. They’re going pretty well. We’ve got to galvanise ourselves, we’ve got to use young players. We’ve got some good ones and they’re going to have to step up, but if not we’re going to have to help them. We’ve got to do our best to get a result because it’s the game we’re in and the game we all love.

Nathan Jones, Luton Town Manager:

"We're looking very strong squad wise, we're not that far off a full squad to pick from. Alan McCormack is the only one that is out. So we have got a good squad to choose from which is really good really, because we have got some tough games coming up, Christmas fixtures coming up.

"Every competition we enter we look to make progress, playing the right way, the team, everything we do. It's another good test against a Chris Powell side who are a very difficult side to play against, it'll be a real tough game."

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Match Reports

Match Report: Luton Town 1-1 Southend United (2-4 after penalties)

5 December 2018

Blues had to take it to penalties at Luton to progress through to the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy…

Oxley made two super saves down and to his right to push his side on to win the shootout. 

The win shifted a curse off of Southend's shoudler, who hadn't won at Kenilworth Road since 1964.

Chris Powell made four changes to his side that were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup with Shawn McCoulsky and Thep Robinson taking the roles up top.

The first chance of the game fell to Blues, the attack started from Elvis Bwomono’s long ball up to Theo Robinson, the forward then controlled the ball turned his man and send a low cross to the edge of the box, Dru Yearwood ran to the ball but he scuffed his shot and it was hoofed up to the other end of the pitch.

A harsh challenge on Elvis near the corner flag saw an early booking with Luton’s Dan Potts getting his name in the books after just three minutes.

The host's first effort on goal saw them break into the edge of Southend’s box, Aaron Jarvis found some space on the edge of the area and tried a shot on goal only for it to be blocked by the foot of the diving Michael Turner.

Luton started to work themselves into the game and won a number of consecutive corners, but the on-loan Taylor Moore was at hand to head the ball out every time.

Mark Oxley sparked a great counter-attack for Blues, his goal-kick was flicked on by Shawn McCoulsky, the surging Yearwood passed the ball out wide to the advancing Hendrie who took the ball first time but his shot skimmed the post.

Minutes later the hosts were given another yellow card this time Lloyd Jones tackled Elvis on the edge of their area, Southend couldn’t produce anything from the corner as Hendrie’s shot went straight at the wall.

Blues kicked off the second half and were almost gifted the lead, Robinson was running down the right-hand side and curled a cross into the box but Luton’s defenders panicked and headed towards goal and forced Jones to make a goal-line clearance.

Theo found the clearance but this time he passed the ball to Dru, who rounded his man and tried an effort on goal once again forcing Marek Stech to push the ball out for a corner, once again Powell’s side failed to take their chance from the corner.

Down the other end and Luton almost took the lead, the strong LuaLua held the ball well on the edge of the box and turned Dru before sending an audacious effort goalbound, forcing Oxley to make a save but Danny Hylton rose high and headed the rebound towards the open goal, but luckily his chance rattled the upright.

Blues only card of the game saw Dru shown a yellow card for a challenge in the centre of the field.

The first sub of the evening saw Hendrie replaced by Stephen McLaughlin, meaning Southend could keep their shape.

The hosts opened the scoring from a free-kick, Alan Sheehan sent the set-piece into the box for it to be headed out by Moore, but the defender's clearance fell to the feet of Arthur Read who struck the ball on the half-volley and fired home from 25-yards out.

Luton’s first change saw them bring off two players, the first seeing the goalscorer who got injured in the celebrations and was replaced by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu and Jack Senior coming off for James Justin.

Powell saw the opportunity to make a change of his own with Dru coming off and paving way for fellow youngster Isaac Hutchinson to make his way onto the pitch.

Just as the game seemed over Blues pulled off an amazing move, McLaughlin latched onto Mantom’s pass in the middle of the pitch, he burst forward and cut inside, sending a low curling shot towards goal which was deflected off of the outstretched foot of a Grant who sent the ball into his own net, but McLaughlin goes down as the goalscorer.

Southend’s final change of the evening was a tactical one with Michael Kightly coming on for Luke Hyam, a clear chance to bring on a proven penalty taker.


Jones – GOAL (1-0)


Mantom – GOAL (1-1)


Sheehan – GOAL (2-1)


Kightly – GOAL (2-2)


Jarvis – MISS (2-2)


McLaughlin – GOAL (2-3)


Hylton – MISS (2-3)


McCoulsky – GOAL (2-4)


Wednesday 5th December 2018

Kenilworth Road

Luton Town vs Southend United (The Checkatrade Trophy)



Referee – Darren Drysdale

Linesman – Paull Kelly & Kevin Howick

Fourth Official – Neil Hair


Luton Town XI: Stech (GK), Potts, Hylton, Grant, Senior, Lualua, Jarvis, Jones, Read, Musonda, Sheehan ©.

SUBS: Instead (GK), Justin, Stacey, Berry, Lee, Shinnie, Mpanzu.


Southend United XI: Oxley (GK), Bwomono, White, Turner, Moore, Hendrie, Yearwood, Mantom ©, Hyam, Robinson, McCoulsky.

SUBS: Bishop (GK), Howard, Hutchinson, Kightly, Klass, McLaughlin, Kelman.


Goal Scorer:

Luton –

Southend –


Yellow Cards

Luton – Potts, Jones

Southend – Yearwood


Red Cards

Luton –

Southend –


Attendance –  1,545 (121 Blues supporters)

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Ticket News

Luton Town Checkatrade Trophy Tickets

3 December 2018

Tickets for Blues Checkatrade Trophy game against Luton Town on Wednesday 5th December will come off sale at 5pm on Monday 3rd December.

Due to a ticket system upgrade taking place all day on Tuesday 4th December and until midday on Wednesday 5th December.

Luton will sell tickets to Southend supporters via the phone only until 5pm on Wednesday on 01582 416976, tickets will then be available to collect from the away end. No tickets will be available after 5pm on Wednesday 5th December and the game will be all ticket.

Tickets for the fixture are priced at:

Category Price
Adults £5
Under 16s £1

Disabled supporters pay the age-related category with a carer being free of charge

Wheelchair supporters will need to contact Luton Town Ticket Office direct on 01582 416976

No duplicate tickets will be available for this fixture.

Travel details for the Luton game can be found here.

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