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PREVIEW: Luton Town Vs Barnsley

31 December 2018

The Reds kick off 2019 at Kenilworth Road with a New Year's Day trip to fellow promotion-chasers, Luton Town and we've got it covered with your big match preview.

After putting a wonderful finish on 2018 with Saturday's 2-1 victory over another promotion rival in Charlton Athletic, Daniel Stendel's Reds side have the long journey to Luton on New Year's Eve, in preparation for a clash against the EFL's in-form side a day later. 

That win at the weekend was the third in succession for Barnsley and lifted the Reds into 4th spot in Sky Bet League One and right back into automatic promotion contention.

Outstanding goals from Brad Potts and Mamadou Thiam took all the plaudits, but the performance in general was akin to early season displays that saw the Reds labelled the team to beat. 

Thiam scores

With only Jack Walton and Kieffer Moore missing through injury against Charlton and the latter likely to be back in the squad for the New Year's Day meeting with The Hatters, Stendel is blessed with choice right now after navigating his Reds side through the hectic Christmas schedule. 

Tuesday's hosts are flying. Led by Nathan Jones, Luton are enjoying their first season back in the third tier after a 10-year absence, and currently the in-form team in the whole of the EFL. 

2-0 down at the weekend away at Walsall, their incredible run looked set to end, but a last minute Kazenga Lua Lua strike grabbed them a deserved point ahead of New Year's Day and a meeting with the Reds, the last side to beat them. 

Since that 3-2 victory for Barnsley against Luton at Oakwell, The Hatters have won 10 of their next 12 games without defeat. 

Looking at their results, Luton have failed to beat any of their rivals in the top six, but they've seen off pretty much everyone else and a couple of former Reds players have been instrumental in that. 

Elliot Lee

Elliot Lee and Matty Pearson were recently of this parish, and they're key members of Jones' squad - Lee in particular is having a barnstorming campaign, recently voted the Player of the Month in Sky Bet League One (edging out Kieffer Moore). 

It's 12 years since the two sides met at Kenilworth Road - a 2007 victory for the Reds thanks to Brian Howard and Martin Devaney goals, back when both clubs resided in the second tier. 

In fact, Barnsley's record at Luton in league football is pretty impressive, winning their last six visits. 

Brian Howard

The last Reds defeat at the stadium was in 1993, and a huge 5-0 loss.

Two of the elder statesmen in league football, Barnsley first met Luton Town back in September of 1898, running out 2-1 winners at Oakwell, but losing 4-1 at Kenilworth Road the same season.

Tuesday sees the 59th meeting between the clubs, with the Reds edging the fixture with 27 wins to 23. 

We will have LIVE and uninterrupted commentary from Kenilworth Road from 3pm on Tuesday, over on iFollow Barnsley.

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Match Reports

REPORT: Luton Town 0-0 Barnsley

1 January 2019

It's a hard-fought point for the Reds on the road as they kick off the New Year with a 0-0 stalemate

Defenders won out on New Year's Day in Luton as Barnsley and their hosts had to settle for a point apiece in Sky Bet League One. 

Reds Head Coach, Daniel Stendel had made two changes to the side that had beaten Charlton in the last match of 2018, Kenny Dougall replacing Mike Bähre in midfield and an enforced alteration with Ben Williams in at left back with Dani Pinillos missing after the injury he sustained at Oakwell at the weekend. 

A rather flat opening 10 minutes to proceedings was sparked into life when Mamadou Thiam and Cauley Woodrow combined to break at pace, two-on-two, with the former slipping the latter in on goal, but the usually reliable Woodrow sent his shot fractions wide with an effort with the outside of his foot, the shot looked to have touched the woodwork on its way through. It was a huge chance for the Reds.

Just five minutes later and Thiam tricked his way into the box after a short-corner routine. He then beat his man, crossed low but before Liam Lindsay could get to the ball, it seemed to be stopped by a Hatters hand. The ref waved away the protests. 

Luton were struggling to get out of their own half until the half hour mark when Reds skipper Adam Davies had to be down fast to his right hand side to pluck out a deflected drive by Alan McCormack following a corner that wasn't adequately cleared. 

There was a half chance as we approached the break, Brad Potts slipping Woodrow into the box only to then see his attempted shot blocked and trickle through to Luton stopper James Shea. 

It had been a competitive first half for Stendel's side, clearly on top but left ruing that missed chance in the opening 10 minutes.

HALF TIME: Luton 0-0 Barnsley

Barnsley came out all guns blazing after the restart, with two chances in quick succession as they attacked the goal where the Reds fans were stationed. 

Thiam was onto a Dimi Cavaré cross and fired a powerful effort just a few inches wide before Potts looked certain to find the top corner only to see his effort from the edge of the box deflected just a few inches over the bar by the outstretched leg of ex-Red Matty Pearson.

Some dubious free-kicks were awarded to the hosts around the hour mark which allowed the home side to reset a little, even gaining momentum as full back James Justin sent in a few wicked deliveries that Danny Hylton headed wide. 

The outstanding Ethan Pinnock was harshly booked when he and James Collins tangled on the flank. The resulting free-kick was superbly arrowed into the six yard box but Davies fought his way through the crowd to punch clear. 

Dougall was withdrawn on 63 minutes, Bähre on as Stendel looked to help his side regain the initiative. 

It was frantic, but scrappy for the rest of the game, with Luton happy to launch balls forward, and sitting behind the ball allowing the Reds to play in front of them. 

Thiam was replaced by Jacob Brown on 76 minutes and he went alongside Woodrow as Stendel re-jigged the system trying to unlock the resolute Hatters rearguard. 

Brown was quickly into the action and he was away with men to his left and right when Shinnie cynically pulled him down, receiving a booking. 

Stendel threw on Victor Adeboyejo for Potts with five minutes of stoppage time announced, one last throw of the dice. 

And deep into that time added on, Barnsley thought they'd won it...

After some more good passing found Alex Mowatt in the middle of the park, the midfielder drove into space, worked the ball onto his left foot and rifled an effort towards goal, but it nestled inches wide, with Shea well beaten. 

It had been yet another terrific showing from the Reds, and confirmed four points from six against fellow promotion-chasers Luton Town this season. 

FULL TIME: Luton 0-0 Barnsley

Davies (GK), Cavaré, Pinnock, Lindsay, B.Williams, Potts (Adeboyejo), Mowatt, McGeehan, Dougall (Bähre), Thiam (Brown), Woodrow.

Unused: Greatorex (GK), Jackson, Moncur, Hedges.

Att: 9,962 (845 Reds - Superb support!)

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Luton Town (A)

29 November 2018

The Reds travel to Kenilworth Road on New Year's Day, and tickets for this trip go on sale next week.

We have received a total allocation of 1,032 unreserved seating tickets in the Oak Road Stand for our game at Luton Town on 1st January 2019, kick off 3pm. 

Please take note of the sale dates and the postage deadline for this fixture. This is an ALL TICKET game, there will be no sales on the day.

Monday 3rd December 2018 – 2018/2019 Season Ticket Holders with a minimum of 6 2018/2019 away league games.

Tuesday 4th December 2018 – 2018/2019 Season Ticket Holders with a minimum of 4 2018/2019 away league games.

Wednesday 5th December 2018 – 2018/2019 Season Ticket Holders with a minimum of 2 2018/2019 away league games.

Thursday 6th December 2018  – Season Ticket Holders

Monday 10th December 2018  – Non Season Ticket Holders with a minimum of 6 2018/2019 away league games and Oakwell Centenary Society Members.

Tuesday 11th December 2018  – General Sale

With the exception of general sale all categories are one ticket per qualifying criteria. Season tickets cannot be up or downgraded. The ticket allocation is for the person named on the season card only. All sale dates are subject to availability.

Adult £26
Young Adult (19-21 years) £21
Senior Over 65 £21
Golden Senior Over 75 £18
Juvenile Under 19 £18
Juvenile Under 17 £11
Juvenile Under 10 £8

Ambulant disabled supporters will pay one category lower than their normal price with a carer ticket free of charge for those receiving the middle or higher rate of DLA. Wheelchair users should contact Luton Town directly on 01582 416976.

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 9.30am priced at £24 per seat. We have a strict no alcohol policy. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult over 18.

The postage deadline for this game is 3pm Friday 21st December. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office/Reds Superstore until 2pm Friday 28th December 2018, subject to availability. 

If you are purchasing away game and cup tickets for other people we strongly advise you to correctly assign the ticket to each individual for every game. This will enable us to offer the correct privileges to supporters on occasions when tickets are on restricted sales in a category system. 


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