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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN

22 April 2016

All the facts you need, ahead of Saturday's game against Luton Town.

Looking at the home side

Both sides want something from this game for very different reasons. Newport know that a point will secure safety regardless of what happens elsewhere whilst Luton Town still have a slim chance of making the League 2 playoff places. Luton have won their last three games in a row and six out of the last ten, beating Carlisle United on Tuesday night. Jack Marriott and Cameron McGeehan are their top scorers in the season so far with thirteen goals apiece and they’ve got Northampton and Exeter to play after County. 


Getting there

By car: Leave the M4 at Junction 4B bearing left for the M25 Northbound and then exit the M25 at Junction 21 for the M1 Northbound. Exit M1 at Junction 11 taking the A505 for Luton. Go through the first set of lights and then at the first roundabout turn right into Chard End Lane. At the next roundabout turn left onto Hatters Way. The ground is up side streets on the left but all the street parking in the immediate vicinity is for resident permit holders only so you will have to park further away.

By train: Leave Newport at 7:37 and arrive into London Paddington at 10:25. Take the tube to Kings Cross St Pancras and leave there at 11:18 to arrive in Luton at 11:53. For the return journey leave Luton at 18:04 arriving into St Pancras at 18:39, leaving Paddington at 19:30 and arriving back in Newport at 22:46.


Form Guide

Newport County – LWDL L L L L LD    5 points

Luton Town – W WLWL L LW W W     18 points


Upcoming Milestones

Yan Klukowski – 2 appearances for 75 appearances for Newport County

Andrew Hughes – 1 appearance for 150 appearances for Newport County

Dean Morgan – 3 goals for 75 professional goals


Previous Milestones

Medy Elito v Oxford was his 25th  professional goal


Luton Town’s record against County

Played 10 Won 4 Drawn 3 Lost 3 Goals For 16 Goals Against 15

Saturday 28th November 2015: Newport County 3 – 0 Luton Town (McBurnie 63’, 79’, 86’)

Tuesday 17th March 2015: Newport County 1 – 0 Luton Town (O’Connor 21’) 

Saturday 20th December 2014: Luton Town 3 – 0 Newport County

Saturday 8th November 2014: Luton Town 4 – 2 Newport County (Klukowski 51’, O’Connor 64’)

Tuesday 16th April 2013: Luton Town 2 – 2 Newport County (Jolley 52’, 84’)

Tuesday 11th December 2012: Newport County 5 – 2 Luton Town (O’Connor 12’, Jolley 23’, 67’, O.G 38’, Sandell 64’)

Saturday 7th January 2012: Luton Town 2 – 0 Newport County

Saturday 26th November 2011: Newport County 0 – 1 Luton Town

Friday 18th February 2011: Newport County 1 – 1 Luton Town (Collins 90’p)

Tuesday 24th August 2010: Luton Town 1 – 1 Newport County (Henry 26’)


Last meeting

A debut twenty three-minute hat-trick for loan signing Oliver McBurnie gave County a 3-0 win over Luton Town when the two sides met at Rodney Parade at the end of November. The win extended Newport’s unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions and left them seven points clear of the bottom two. 


Last time out

Newport picked up a valuable point at home to automatic promotion placed Oxford United on Tuesday night, leaving them just needing a single point for safety in the division. County were the better side for large sections of the match and only the width of the upright stopped them claiming the win from Mark Byrne’s 30-yard volley.


The Man in charge

Frederick Graham is the referee for this fixture with his assistants Ian Smedley and Stephen Wade, the fourth official is Neil Hair. Graham has taken charge of two Newport games this season so far, the 2-0 victory away at Wycombe and the 2-1 home defeat to Plymouth in December. Two seasons ago he was in charge of the home defeat to Northampton Town in his first match in charge of the Exiles. This season in 30 games he has handed out 113 yellow cards and 1 red cards.  


Kit Colours

County will wear their black and amber kit at tomorrow's game. The last time the Exiles wore the black strip was during our 2-2 draw against Accrington Stanley back in October.


Around the league (all times 3:00pm)

Accrington Stanley v York City

A.F.C Wimbledon v Leyton Orient

Bristol Rovers v Exeter City

Crawley Town v Carlisle United

Mansfield Town v Barnet

Morecambe v Stevenage

Notts County v Cambridge United

Oxford United v Hartlepool

Plymouth Argyle v Dagenham and Redbridge

Portsmouth v Wycombe Wanderers

Yeovil Town v Northampton Town 



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