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Preview: Luton Town (H)

24 December 2018

United return to action with a home game against Luton Town on Boxing Day (3pm kick-off).

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Bring the family on Boxing Day! Save by buying in advance

26 December 2018

The Iron will be seeking to bounce back and climb out of the relegation zone following the 2-0 loss at Bradford City on Saturday, while the Hatters defeated Burton Albion 2-0 at Kenilworth Road and sit second in the division.

TEAM NEWS...

Cameron Burgess will sit out due to a one-match suspension following his red card for two bookable offences at Bradford.

Manager Stuart McCall also said midfielder Matthew Lund will be out for a yet to be determined period of time, explaining: "I’m not sure on the full extent of what it is, but there’s a degeneration in his knee. It needs some injections as there’s a small hole. It doesn’t look like it’ll be short-term but I don’t have a timescale on that yet."

Josh Morris faces two months out with a fractured fibula and strained ankle ligaments. Elsewhere, Matt Gilks (knee) and Rory Watson (arm) continue to miss out, while Ryan Colclough (knee) is out for the remainder of the season. 

PAST MEETINGS…

There have been very limited meetings between the Iron and Luton Town over recent years. Before this season, the two teams had only previously met in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy back in 2009 and their last game in the league was during the 2001-02 campaign.

However, in the reverse fixture between the two sides back in October, it was Luton who came out victorious, winning 3-2, in a closely contested encounter at Kenilworth Road. 

Harry Cornick put the home side ahead inside ten minutes after a quick start, but Lee Novak soon levelled for Scunthorpe. On the half hour mark, Luton were in front again following a wonder strike from Elliot Lee, before James Justin made it three with five minutes to go.

In injury time, Stephen Humphrys pulled one back for the Iron, giving the Hatters’ a scare towards the end, but they were just able to hold out for the win. 

SEASON/DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2018-19 - Sat Oct 6 LG 1 Luton 3-2 Iron Novak, Humphrys
2008-09 - Sun Apr 5 FLT Final Luton 3-2 Iron Hooper, McCann
2001-02 - Sat Feb 16 DIV 3 Luton 2-3 Iron Beagrie, Graves, Sparrow
2001-02 - Sat Oct 13 DIV 3 Iron 0-2 Luton  
1999-00 - Sat Apr 8 DIV 2 Iron 1-2 Luton Dawson
1999-00 - Mon Jan 3 DIV 2 Luton 4-1 Iron Hodges
1964-65 - Sat Apr 24 DIV 3 Iron 8-1 Luton Thomas 5, Wilson, Mahy, Bramley
1964-65 - Wed Oct 28 DIV 3 Luton 1-1 Iron Scott
1962-63 - Mon Apr 15 DIV 2 Luton 1-0 Iron  
1962-63 - Fri Apr 12 DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Luton McGuigan, Gibson
1961-62 - Sat Mar 10 DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Luton McGuigan, Kaye
1961-62 - Sat Oct 21 DIV 2 Luton 1-2 Iron Thomas, Kaye
  SCUNTHORPE WINS DRAWS LUTON WINS
Cup 0 0 1
League 6 2 5
Total 6 2 6

ONE TO WATCH…

Striker Elliot Lee has been in fine form for the Hatters and has netted a total of 20 times in just over 50 appearances for the club. 

The hitman already has ten goals to his name this season, alongside two assists, making him one of the Sky Bet League One’s outstanding players.  

Lee started his career with Premier League side West Ham, however he struggled to break into the first team at Upton Park and instead found himself out on loan a number of times in his four-year spell with the East London club.

Before joining Luton on a permanent deal, Lee had a short stint at Kenilworth Road in 2015, playing 11 games and scoring three times. Then, after leaving West Ham and Barnsley respectively, the forward decided to re-join the Hatters’ in 2017, and has been an ever present in the Hatters’ starting line-up since. 

ELSHEWHERE IN LEAGUE ONE…
All kick-offs 3pm unless stated

Gillingham vs Portsmouth (1pm kick-off)
AFC Wimbledon vs Plymouth Argyle 
Accrington Stanley vs Shrewsbury Town
Barnsley vs Peterborough United
Burton Albion vs Wycombe Wanderers
Coventry City vs Charlton Athletic
Fleetwood Town vs Doncaster Rovers
Oxford United vs Southend United
Rochdale vs Blackpool
Sunderland vs Bradford City
Walsall vs Bristol Rovers

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Match Reports

Report: Iron 0-2 Luton Town

26 December 2018

Despite a decent start to the game, United were defeated 2-0 by high-fliers Luton Town at Glanford Park on Boxing Day.

The Iron entered the match making one change from the side that lost at Bradford last weekend, with Jordan Clarke facing three months out with a lateral knee ligament injury sustained in that game. He was replaced in the eleven by Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.

The first shot of the match was for the visitors. Elliot Lee picked up the ball on the left side of the box and cut it onto his right foot, but dragged his effort wide of the target.

Then Jack Stacey put a cross into the box after making a run down the right, he played it low for Jorge Grant, who dragged it back, but Jak Alnwick was out to gather.

With 12 minutes on the clock, Funso Ojo crossed deep for Yasin Ben El-Mhanni at the back post. He connected with his right foot on the volley, but couldn’t quite direct it on target.

Three minutes later, there was another chance for the Iron as Ojo cut in from the left and sent a cross towards Lee Novak. The striker connected with the ball, however he flicked his effort over the crossbar.

There was another opportunity moments later with Scunthorpe dominating at that point. The ball dropped for Novak on the edge of the box after a Cameron Borthwick-Jackson cross was only partly cleared but the frontman’s half-volleyed effort was blocked away.

In the 22nd minute, there was another good United attack with the ball eventually reaching Ojo, whose curled effort forced James Shea into a save.

As the match reached 30 minutes, Scunthorpe had another opportunity as a left-wing free-kick was played into the box but headed wide by Rory McArdle.

Four minutes later, following a Luton counter-attack, Jak Alnwick produced a fine low one-handed stop to deny Harry Cornick after a good switch of play found him on the right. 

The away side then took the lead in the 37th minute when the ball was played square across the edge of the box to Andrew Shinnie, who sent his low effort into the bottom right-hand corner of Alnwick’s goal.

Some trickery from Ben El-Mhanni on 42 minutes saw the attacker play the ball to Ojo, who sent an effort just over the crossbar from 25 yards.

With 51 minutes on the clock, Harry Cornick doubled the Hatters’ advantage after he followed the ball in after an initial good save from Alnwick.

Shortly afterwards, James Collins won a free-kick for Luton midway in the Scunthorpe half. James Justin took it, it was headed back across goal, with Pearson looking to shoot, but it was charged down and the Iron cleared.

On 58 minutes, nice control by Ojo drew his marker into committing a foul. Borthwick-Jackson whipped it in, and the initial danger was cleared before the ball was sent back into the box from the right. Charlie Goode went down under a challenge in the area, but nothing was given.

Five minutes later, a break for the Hatters set Elliot Lee free. He got to the edge of the area, before shooting with his right-foot. It was blocked and went behind for a corner, which came to nothing.

Not long after, a mix up in defence for Luton meant Sonny Bradley had to put the ball into touch. From the throw-in, Ojo got it, and dinked it in towards Kyle Wootton but it was steered away. 

The resulting corner then found the striker again, however the header was straight at the ‘keeper.

With ten minutes left, United brought Stephen Humphrys on for Novak as they seeked a way back into the game. Soon after, Andy Dales replaced Ben El-Mhanni. However, despite trying to get the ball into the box and cause problems, Scunthorpe couldn’t find the goal that would get them back into the game.

The closest they came was with a minute remaining as the ball was played to Ojo on the edge of the area and his shot was deflected over the crossbar.

The Iron return to action on Saturday when they host Wycombe Wanderers (3pm kick-off).

TEAM LINE-UPS
Scunthorpe United: Alnwick, Borthwick-Jackson, Ojo, Perch, Novak (Humphrys, 80), Thomas, Ben El-Mhanni (Dales, 82), Goode, Sutton, McArdle, Wootton.
Substitutes not used: Flatt, Horsfield, Ugbo, Lewis.

Luton Town: Shea, Justin, Bradley, Pearson, Stacey, Lee, Shinnie (Berry, 90), Cornick (Hylton, 77), Ruddock, Grant (McCormack, 65), Collins,
Substitutes not used: Stech, LuaLua, Jones, Sheehan.

Attendance: 4,050.

Referee: Martin Coy.

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Bring the family on Boxing Day! Save by buying in advance

26 December 2018

Save money by purchasing your Iron v Luton Town tickets in advance! Tickets are on sale now!

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Dine in style before Boxing Day clash

26 November 2018

The game will be played on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 (3.00pm kick-off).

Our Early Bird Price Rates have been frozen for the fifth season in succession, and supporters can buy at these prices until the ticket office closes at 3pm on Monday, December 24th, and also until three hours before kick-off online via our ticketing website (www.sufctickets.com). Matchday prices then apply.

Buying online also enables fans to use our ‘e-ticket’ option which emails the ticket across to the supporter's email address, and enables them to print the ticket at home, or scan from their mobile at the turnstile.

Fans can pay on the gate for Turnstiles 2A and 2B of the Britcon Stand and Turnstile 4A of the Clugston Stand. Please note, matchday prices will apply.

United's encounter against Hatters is a Category A fixture.

SPB 
STAND
Category A Early Bird Member Category A Early Bird Category A Matchday
Adult £22 £23 £26
65+/U21/
Student
£15 £16 £18
U18 £6 £7 £9
U12* Free Free Free
CLUGSTON
STAND
Category A Early Bird Member Category A Early Bird Category A Matchday
Adult £22 £23 £26
65+/U21/
Student
£15 £16 £18
U18 £6 £7 £9
U12* Free Free Free
BRITCON
STAND
Category A Early Bird Member Category A Early Bird Category A Matchday
Adult £18 £19 £22
65+/U21/
Student
£13 £14 £16
U18 £6 £7 £9
U12* Free Free Free
LINCOLNSHIRE CO-OP FAMILY ZONE Category A Early Bird Member Category A Early Bird Category A Matchday
Adult £20 £21 £24
65+/U21/
Student
£14 £15 £17
U18** £4 £5 £7
U12* Free Free Free
EXECUTIVE
SEATS
Category A Early Bird Member Category A Early Bird Category A Matchday
Adult £30 £31 £34
65 £23 £24 £26
U21 £18 £19 £21
U18 £13 £14 £16

*Maximum of two under 12’s free per paying adult/concession. Subsequent juniors must be paid for at the U18 rate. 

** Must be accompanied by paying adult/concession.

HOW TO BUY

ONLINE
www.sufctickets.com

TELEPHONE
Call 01724 747670

IN PERSON

The Glanford Park ticket office is open at the following times:

Wednesday, December 26 - 9am until 3pm (also open for a short period of time after the Luton game)

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