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Chris Powell’s Luton Town Preview

4 December 2018

Chris Powell on Saturday’s substitutions, injuries and Round Two of the Checkatrade Trophy.

On Saturday’s defeat, the substitutions and whether he's had to pick the players up…

I’ll be honest with you, I’ve had to pick myself up because I’ve got a bit of man flu or whatever you want to call it.

Managing is fine lines and our crowd and our supporters have been brilliant to me ever since I came to the club. On Saturday I had to make some big decisions, and I knew one of them would be quite controversial, I knew that. Looking back at it we were in the game at 1-1, we went 2-1 down and then 3-1 down and I was going to make two changes, and in the end I went with three.

Coxy was playing well, no doubt about it. He’s my main striker now with Tom Hopper out, but I think a lot of people forgot he was carrying an injury. He took a heavy tackle in the game, of course he was playing on adrenaline and played on, I get that. But I’ve got to think about not losing yet another player, which I have for tomorrow because he hasn’t trained since.

So, in the end I went positive with three strikers as such. I knew it would cause some controversy, but I’m manager and I have to make these decisions. I know people will go with them or not, and they didn’t go with it.

Here’s the fine line – we were 3-1 down and it becomes 3-2 and everyone is thinking we’ve got a chance. We make it 3-3 and we all know it’s a legitimate goal. 100%. There’s no way that goal should have been chalked off.

So, the fine line for me and any manager, that’s what can happen. You can make changes and it can go in your favour and the team gets galvanised. All of a sudden, the momentum is with you and you could go on and get a replay or a fourth goal, who knows.

It’s the fine lines that have not been going our way this year. So what do we do? We carry on. We come out fighting and show pride in whatever we do. It was a tough one to take, but it’s gone. In the end we lost by a decision that was taken out of our hands. We wanted to be in the hat, but it's Barnsley who go to Burnley, but it’s gone now.

Now we go into the Checkatrade Trophy and I’m missing some players. Simon Cox for sure and one or two others are 50/50.

On the game at Kenilworth Road...

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.

We picked up a morale boosting win against Scunthorpe, Barnsley was a tough one where we could have got something from it. We didn’t, and we move on. You always move on to the next game, you take it game by game.

Kenilworth Road is where we’re at tomorrow, so we’ve got to do our best to pick up a result and pick each other up.

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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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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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