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23 September 2017 Venue Kenilworth Road Attendance

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PREVIEW: Luton Town

22 September 2017

The Spireites head to Bedfordshire tomorrow afternoon to take on high-flying Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, 3pm. Here's our match preview........

Tickets

Tickets are now unavailable at the Proact ticket office and online.

There will be no pay on the day turnstile facilities available at Kenilworth Road, but fans are able to pre-order their tickets before collecting them from Luton's ticket office before kick-off.

To do this, supporters must call Luton's ticket office directly on 01582 416976, orders must be placed before 12pm tomorrow (Saturday, September 23).

Ticket prices for the match are as follows: -

• Adults - £20
• Young adults (U22) and seniors (Over 65) - £15
• U19s and golden seniors (Over 75) - £12
• U17s - £8
• U10s - £5

Disabled supporters (non-wheelchair) will pay one category lower than their normal price with a carer free of charge if required (higher and middle DLA).

Six wheelchair spaces are available and any supporter wishing to purchase these ticket (s) must contact the Luton ticket office directly, on 01582 416976.

Team News

Luton will check on the fitness of midfielder Alan McCormack after he was injured during their match with Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday.

The Spireites will be without the suspended Bradley Barry, following his dismissal in last week’s match with Accrington Stanley.

Captain Ian Evatt could come back into consideration after missing the matches with Colchester United and Stanley. Meanwhile, caretaker boss Guy Branston will check on the fitness of Tommy Lee, who missed out last weekend with a knee injury.

The opposition

Manager – Nathan Jones

Following spells with Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic and Yeovil Town, Nathan Jones was appointed Hatters manager in January 2016, taking over from John Still.

In his first full season with the club, he guided them to the Sky Bet League Two playoffs, after finishing fourth in the regular season.

So far this campaign, the Welshman has guided the Hatters to four wins, two defeats and two draws from their opening eight matches, a win over the Spireites would send Luton into the automatic promotion places.

One to watch - James Collins

Former Crawley Town striker James Collins joined Luton in June and has immediately hit the ground running for the Hatters.

He notched a hat-trick in the 8-2 opening day victory over Yeovil Town and was later nominated for the August Player of the Month Award.

Collins started his career at Aston Villa, before leaving the West Midlands to play for the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Hibernian and Northampton Town. The 26-year-old was also capped at U21 level for the Republic of Ireland.

Head to Head

Of the 39 meetings between the two clubs, it’s the Hatters who hold the upper hand, the full record stands as follows: -

Luton – 17 wins
Draws – 11
Chesterfield – 11 wins.

The Spireites last league victory over the Hatters at Kenilworth Road came 21 years ago, when a Tom Curtis penalty secured a 1-0 win on September 14, 1996.

From the dugout

Caretaker manager Guy Branston says that being in the Spireites dugout for tomorrow’s match will be a proud moment for him, though he knows that the Hatters will provide him with a stern test.

He said: “I watched them against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend and I saw them earlier in the season.

“They’ve got two strikers who score goals and Andrew Shinnie on loan from Birmingham who gets the ball in the narrow diamond, they’re good players.

“Luton may think that we’ve got a new manager and that we’ll change, but they don’t know how we’re going to play, so it’s going to be a good challenge for us.”

Can't get to Kenilworth Road? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game.

Across match day we'll have:

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow.
- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page
- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds
- Stats and reaction across the night on the official site

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Match Reports

Hylton Goal Sees Off Spireites

23 September 2017

Chesterfield lost out to a single goal at Luton Town, scored by Danny Hylton in the 53rd minute at the time when the visitor's were enjoying a solid, attacking spell.

A quick ball from inside their own half released the scorer to cut in from the left and drill the ball in low at the far post.

Luton had to play the final phase with ten men after Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu was red carded for a foul on Andy Kellett quarter of an hour from time.  

With Bradley Barry suspended and top scorer Kristian Dennis benched, caretaker boss Guy Branston drafted in Matt Briggs and Chris O'Grady and he lined up with a 4-2-3-1 formation, Robbie Weir and Jordan Flores given the holding roles.

Ahead of kick-off, Branston, who'd been on the pitch throughout the warm-up routine, went to chat with the travelling fans to ask their views on the team he'd selected, something that seemed to go down well.  

Luton came out of the traps the quicker and rapidly saw a Hylton header and a Luke Gambin shot go close ahead of Spireites first real effort, a Sam Hird looping shot. 

Hatters' skipper Scott Cuthbert had a couple of headers blocked whilst Spireites saw Louis Reed and Andy Kellett both find the keeper from excellent positions. Briggs hit a couple of long rangers ahead of the hosts enjoying a long spell of pressure as half-time beckoned, a Mpanzu stooping header from an inch perfect cross from Gambin glancing wide from the best opening of the first half. 

Spireites started the second half well but were sucker punched when Hylton scored. 

Louis Reed and Kellett saw efforts to close and crosses in from O'Grady and Briggs were deliciously inviting but no-one could get a toe onto them. 

After the dismissal, Luton dealt with the situation extremely well and Collins, three times and sub Harry Cornick missed sitters as they frequently broke forwards whilst 20-odd yarders from Weir and Jack McCourt were Chestefield's closest calls. 

Plenty of effort and endeavour, but another Spireites loss making the two home games next week, against Yeovil and Cheltenham both vital. 

Luton Town: Stech, Potts, Cuthbert, Stacey, Lee (Cornick 73), Hylton, Shinnie (Cook 21), Mpanzu, Collins, Gambin (Rea 66), Sheehan.

Subs (not used): Shea, Justin, Senior, Jarvis. 

Goal: Hylton 53

Chesterfield: Anyon, Wiseman, Hird, Jules, Kellett, Weir, Briggs, Flores, Reed, O'Grady (Ugwu 73), De Girolamo (Mitchell 68),

Subs (not used): Lee, Dennis, Dimaio, Brewster. 

Ref: Charles Breakspear 

Bookings: Hird (Chesterfield), Sheehan (Luton)

Sending-Off: Mpanzu 73, serious foul play

Attendance: 7575 (310 from Chesterfield)

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