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Hot Off The Press: Luton Town

Mike Simmonds of the Luton News previews tonight's game

25 February 2020

As you discussed back in November, despite this being Luton’s first campaign in the Championship after more than a decade, the pressure has largely been off since they returned to the EFL. How would you sum up the season to date?

It's been a very difficult campaign for the Hatters as they have found life back in the Championship extremely tough. Going up against teams with such a small budget was always going to be difficult, and that has proved, with the extra quality in the opposition's armouries often enough to gain victory. There have been some excellent wins for Town, but a lack of draws might be their downfall, as they have been incapable of picking up points from games they have deserved to, Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Charlton a case in point. 

The Hatters are right in the thick of the relegation battle and do face quite the task if they are to retain their second tier status – what do you make of their chances?

I'm not overly confident about Luton’s chances of staying up as games are starting to run out for them. The frustrating thing is that they can definitely compete at this level, as they have proved with their back-to-back victories over Derby and Middlesbrough recently. They really need to repeat that feat against Brentford and then Stoke on Saturday to give them a huge boost going into the final 10 fixtures.

Three players were brought in in January: Peter Kioso and Eunan O’Kane permanently, Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan. How have the trio settled into life at Kenilworth Road?

Spurs defender Carter-Vickers has impressed during his four appearances so far, looking a solid acquisition to the Town back-line. He has already partnered both Matty Pearson and Sonny Bradley, and played a role in the club’s first clean sheet on the road this term. Both Eunan O’Kane and Peter Kioso are yet to feature, with O’Kane still recovering from injury and Kioso signed very much with the future in mind.

If the season was to end today, who would be your Player of the Year?

My player of the year would be defender Matty Pearson, as he has really grown into the season, becoming a mainstay of the Hatters’ defence and is now looking a bona fide Championship player.

How is Graeme Jones likely to set up his side at Kenilworth Road?

Town will set up most likely in a diamond formation, especially with doubts over the fitness of Izzy Brown, Sonny Bradley and Kazenga LuaLua who all missed the 3-1 defeat at Charlton on Saturday. It could be that Graeme Jones goes with the same side that faced the Addicks and hope to deliver the kind of solid performance that saw them beat Sheffield Wednesday last time out at Kenilworth Road.

What’s your score prediction for Tuesday’s game?

I think Brentford will prove too strong on the evening and eventually run out 3-1 winners.

Tickets for tomorrow night's trip to Kenilworth Road are SOLD OUT.

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