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08 February 2022 Venue Kenilworth Road Attendance

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LUTON TOWN PREVIEW

7 February 2022

Your pre-match reading ahead of Tuesday night's southern trip to Kenilworth Road in Sky Bet Championship action.

After exiting the Emirates FA Cup at the fourth round stage at the weekend, going down 1-0 away at Huddersfield Town, attention turns back to the bread and butter of league action and a clash with an in-form Luton Town side.

It was another very familiar Barnsley display on Saturday at a rainy and windswept John Smith's Stadium. Plenty of neat and tidy football played around the opposition's box but little to no penetration. 

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The hosts - unbeaten in a dozen fixtures and into the Championship play-off places - weren't much better, but they capitalised on some more dubious Reds defending to take a first half lead and whilst they were a touch indebted to referee, Jeremy Simpson who ruled out a last-gasp Barnsley equaliser, they probably deserved the win and a place in the fifth round.

We saw a first start since September for Aapo Halme, after his latest injury setback and he got a welcome 45 minutes. Out of position for the winning goal perhaps, but in the grand scheme of things, a positive to take out of the fixture was his return to fitness. 

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As was a first start for loanee midfielder Amine Bassi who showed enough promise here and there to suggest he could help the misfiring Reds unlock the door of opposition defences between now and May. 

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ASBAGHI PRE-LUTON

7 February 2022

Young Barnsley lad Aiden Marsh also made his full debut, playing in an unfamiliar wide position, to add to his recent sub appearance against Bournemouth in the league schedule.

Other than a miscued volley from Town defender Naby Sarr, that cannoned back off his own post and out, there was little in the way of attacking ambition from Barnsley in the first half, but it definitely improved after the interval.

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With the arrivals of Carlton Morris, Michał Helik and Josh Benson, the Reds began to take control of midfield and Morris in particular was causing problems down the left-hand side. But again, the chances created were few and far between, and in all honesty, the home side could have put the tie to bed on the break on at least two occasions.

Reds' stopper Jack Walton three times denied the Terriers, with one fingertip save onto the post the pick of the bunch. He did his claims for more regular action no harm at all, as Huddersfield failed to kill us off. 

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MORRIS PRE-LUTON

7 February 2022

And as the game entered its final seconds, a Benson cross was expertly headed home by Helik from around 10 yards out but the referee quickly blew for a foul in the build-up. The decision was made for a supposed push by Bassi on former Reds defender Matty Pearson. To say it was harsh would be an understatement, and so for a second straight game, the Reds had seen a late leveller ruled out by the officials. 

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Back then to the league fixtures, and on Tuesday evening we head to Kenilworth Road to take on a Luton Town side who are having an outstanding season, in a 7.45pm kick-off.

Sitting just three points shy of the top six going into this game, the Hatters, under Nathan Jones have gone from strength to strength since returning to the second tier in 2019.

After staying up in dramatic fashion in 2020, much like the Reds, they pushed on last term to register a top half finish and now, they are flying.

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One of the most energetic and direct sides in the Championship, Luton possess a number of exciting attacking talents and alongside a few older heads who've racked up plenty of appearances at this level, there's a good blend in the dressing room, as proven by the results picked up this season.

They've lost just one of their previous eight league fixtures, and are coming off the back of a 3-0 away win over Cambridge United in the FA Cup at the weekend.

After a fairly shot-shy campaign last time out, Harry Cornick has looked rejuvenated this term. Always a threat with great pace and good feet, the 26-year-old forward has nine goals to his name this season.

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Alongside him is 11-goal striker Elijah Adebayo. The former Fulham trainee took a while to get going for the Hatters, but the powerful frontman has been a menace to Championship defences this time around. 

If we are looking for positives, Barnsley haven't lost a league game at this venue since a 5-0 hiding back in 1993. And last season on this patch, the Reds took all three points with a Daryl Dike-inspired 2-1 victory on their way to reaching the play-offs.

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But Luton did turn us over in the reverse fixture at Oakwell, way back in August. An early Amari'i Bell strike condemned the Reds to a first defeat of the season, and the first of what seems like a thousand 1-0 losses this term. 

The man in the middle on Tuesday evening will be Andy Davies. The Hampshire-based official oversaw our 1-0 defeat at Reading back in October.

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REDS LOSE IN LUTON

8 February 2022

Barnsley were beaten 2-1 by Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in the Sky Bet Championship.

Despite an equaliser from Carlton Morris on the cusp of half-time, goals from Allan Campbell and Elijah Adebayo for the hosts were enough to defeat the Reds this evening.

Barnsley nearly made the perfect start to the game, after Domingos Quina found himself through on goal within the opening minute. Some nice interplay between Bassi and Styles on the right hand side allowed the Portuguese attacker to be found through on goal. Quina rounded the Hatters goalkeeper James Shea, but his floated cross into the box evaded the oncoming white shirts arriving in the area.

Despite Barnsley’s bright start to the affair, it was the hosts who opened the scoring after 28 minutes. An inswinging corner kick from former Barnsley academy graduate James Bree caused chaos in the Reds’ penalty area, and the ball was eventually bundled over the line by Campbell.

The game returned to its pattern prior to the goal, with both sides contesting for the ball in central areas and struggling to create chances of any real quality under the lights in Bedfordshire.

However the Reds got back level just before the break. Callum Styles broke on the right hand side on the counter, where Carlton Morris was waiting to pounce on a through ball in the centre of the pitch. Styles poked the ball through, and Morris leapt into action, striding into the area. Once inside the box, the forward chopped inside, leaving the Hatters defender for dead. Morris then coolly dinked the ball past the oncoming Shea to send the Reds into the break on an even keel.

HALF-TIME: Luton Town 1-1 Barnsley

Despite pegging back the hosts late on in the first half, the Reds found themselves behind again shortly after the restart.

A through ball forced Brad Collins to come out of his six yard box to deny substitute Fred Onyedinma. However, the Reds ‘keeper was alleged to have brought down the Hatters attacker and the referee, Andy Davies pointed to the spot.

After a couple of minutes of consultation with his assistant, Davies did eventually allow the spot-kick to be taken, which was despatched in the 59th minute by Luton’s top goalscorer, Adebayo. 

Once again, little action ensued after the goal, with Poya Asbaghi turning to his bench to make a double sub just after the hour mark. Amine Bassi was replaced, after a bright hour at Kenilworth Road, by Devante Cole, along with a change on the flanks, as Remy Vita gave way for Jordan Williams.

The home side began to take the ascendancy in the game, having a flurry of half chances from dead ball situations midway through the second half. In a final roll of the dice for the Reds, Josh Benson was replaced by Romal Palmer in the 78th minute.

Neither side were able to create any sort of rhythm in the final ten minute, with the home side disrupting the flow of the game, as to be expected when leading in the match.

The Hatters did well to limit Barnsley’s chances in additional time, despite the Reds throwing bodies forward in attempt to rescue a point to take back to Oakwell. The man in the middle called time on the match and consigned Barnsley to another Sky Bet Championship defeat.

FULL-TIME: Luton Town 2-1 Barnsley

Reds XI: Collins, Styles, Helik, Andersen ©, Kitching, Vita (Williams), Gomes, Bassi (Cole), Benson (Palmer), Morris, Quina

Unused: Walton, Halme, Hondermarck, Leya Iseka

 

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Ticket News

TICKETS | LUTON TOWN (A)

17 January 2022

The Reds take on the Hatters in Sky Bet Championship next month.

We have received a total allocation of 1,032 unreserved seating tickets in the Oak Road Stand for our game at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 8 February, kick-off 7.45pm.

This is an all ticket fixture.

Sale Dates

9am Tuesday 18 January – Reds Reserved Plus+ Members
9am Thursday 20 January – Reds Reserved Members
9am Monday 24 January – Oakwell Centenary Society Members
9am Tuesday 25 January – General Sale

Prices

Adult: £20
Young Adult (19-21): £15
Senior Over 65: £15
Golden Senior Over 75: £12
Juvenile Under 19: £12
Juvenile Under 17: £6
Juvenile Under 10: £3

Ambulant disabled supporters will pay one category lower than their respective age-related category e.g. Adult: £15 Over 65: £12. Carer’s tickets are free of charge for recipients of the middle or higher rate of DLA or the enhanced rate of PIP.

Luton Town offer 5 wheelchair and carer spaces which must be purchased directly from Luton Town on 01582 416976.

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 2.15pm on the day, priced at £27 per seat. We have a strict no alcohol policy. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18+

*Please read the additional information from Wilfreda Beehive below.

The postage deadline for this game is 3pm Friday 4 February. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office until 12 noon on Tuesday 8 February, 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. 

WE WILL NOT ACCEPT TICKET STUBS WHEN TICKETS ARE ON RESTRICTED SALE. ONLY TICKETS PURCHASED IN ADVANCE AND CORRECTLY ASSIGNED WILL COUNT TOWARDS ANY REQUESTED QUALIFYING CRITERIA.

*Coach Regulations
All travellers will be temperature checked before entering the vehicle. Anyone with a temperature higher that 37.5 will not be allowed to travel
The hand sanitiser provided must be used on entering the vehicle
Face masks will need to be worn while travelling unless medically exempt
The seat directly behind the driver must not be used
Anyone feeling unwell should not travel
Passengers must remove their own rubbish
Passengers should not eat on the vehicle unless they have to for medical reasons
The toilet should only be used in an emergency
Passengers should load from the back to the front and disembark from the front to the rear

ONLINE BOX OFFICE

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