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Andy Phillips previews Saturday's clash with Luton Town.

25 January 2018

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Russell Slade

TOWN take on league leaders Luton Town on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to build on the performance at Colchester United last weekend.

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The Mariners put in a good performance, particularly in the first half against the U's but were unable to get the win they wanted after Charlie Vernam's first goal for the club was cancelled out by Sean Murray's equaliser.

The next game comes no tougher at this level, so boss Russell Slade will be hoping that his players are fully focused as they look to beat a Hatters side that are currently six points clear at the top of League Two.

A few injury doubts for Town

Town look set to welcome back Siriki Dembele from injury after he missed the draw with Colchester due to a back injury.

Strike pair Sam Jones and Jamille Matt are both oubts for the game, with Jones missing training this week through illness and Matt slowly recovering from the hamstring injury that forced him off last time out.

Hatters looking to extend lead

Luton Town are looking like they are only heading one way this season, but boss Nathan Jones will want to make sure his players stay focused as they aim to win the title.

Despite not being at their best as of late, they still find themselves six points clear of Notts County and will be looking to extend that this weekend.

Goals have been the main thing that have separated Luton from the rest of the pack this campaign, with the Hatters having scored 63 goals in their 28 league games so far this campaign.

The experienced strike partnership of Danny Hylton and James Collins has been particularly potent, whilst creative midfielder Luke Berry is another one to watch out for.  

Manager Nathan Jones took over in January 2016 and has improved Luton each season, guiding them away from the relegation zone and signing the majority of the players in the table stopping squad himself, so the Welshman is certainly doing his reputation no harm so far.   

Form guide

Town: WWWDLDLLLD

Luton: WWWDWWLDLW 

Managers in summary

Russell Slade: “They’re very good, I thought they were a cut above in December, certainly early on in the game. They’re a certainty, in my mind, to get promotion. They’ve set the standard all season, they’ve got some very good players, they all know what they’re doing, and they’ll be a threat.ut They’re a good side, but they’re not going to win every single game – nobody is – so they’re going to get their moments where things probably don’t go to plan. They’re not inflammable, they have lost football matches so it does give encouragement that they can be beaten.

Nathan Jones: There’s definitely got to be a change of thinking, because whatever thinking has gone into it, we’ve lost two games. We have to change something, so something will change. I put it down to certain things at Port Vale that we weren’t set up for, but no excuses against Chesterfield. We didn’t start well enough, we conceded, we then didn’t impose ourselves, we were nowhere near ourselves going forward in anyway, so we’ve got to rectify that.”


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