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7th january 2002 


  • Luton Town (home ko 7:45pm)

    This could be the moment of reckoning.

    Are we good enough to rise above all the hype and controversy surrounding the cancellation of this game last month, or will we let it get to us and end up turning in a poor performance.

    After our massive wins against Hull, Rochdale, Rushden and finally away against Torquay on Saturday we may feel that we could beat any side in this league.
    I think it will be a different matter tomorrow when we come up against the team that on their day are probably head and shoulders above anyone else (apart from us) in the 3rd.

    We easily exposed Hull City as a side that hadn't got the nous to cope with our fast controlled football but, in Joe Kinnear, Luton have a manager who has been around a fair bit and is no one's fool.

    That said it seemed a bit foolish to cry out of the game last month knowing the criticism that would come their way, let alone the docking of points and a fine.

    Alls well now though, they have a more or less full squad to choose from and can at least try to match us.

    They have long term injuries to Carl Griffiths and Chris Coyne, short term injuries to Lee Mansell, Peter Holmes and Adam Locke and although Paul Hughes is on his way back from injury he will not be fit enough for Tuesday.

    The one to watch is their French midfielder Jean-Louis Valois.

    He burst onto the scene a few weeks into the season with a handful of goals and earned himself some rave reviews, he then hit a rough patch when the goals dried up and the fickle Luton crowd started to get on his back and was dropped.

    Just before Christmas he returned and started to put a bit more effort into his lazy style of play.

    Another one to watch for is Dean Crowe who Luton signed from Stoke City and has now racked up 10 goals in 14 games for the Hatters.

    Luton (from):
    Ovendale, Spring, Perrett, Forbes, Nicholls, Taylor, Boyce, Howard, Valois, Bayliss, Crowe, Johnson, Emberson, Hughes, Hillier, Fraser, Brkovic, Hunter, Skelton, Douglas, Fotiadis.

    After Saturday's win at Torquay we arrived back home with two more added to the injury list.

    The most serious loss was Colin Larkin with a hamstring injury and he will now be out for up to a month.
    Luckily we have a replacement in Ian Foster who is raring to go and add to his two goals on Saturday.

    The other injury was to Ian Clarkson who came off with a dead leg and hopefully with a bit of treatment he will be fit. If not then Lee Ayres should be able to step in.

    Lee came on as sub for him against Torquay, his first game since his broken toe at Hull City 4 months ago.

    Mark Shail looks to be on his way out of Aggborough so he won't be considered.

    Bo Henriksen finished the match with a limp but should be fit.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Murphy, Joy, Stamps, Clarkson, Ayres, Hinton, Blake, Williams, Davies, Bennett, Shilton, Appleby, Doyle, Ducros, Broughton, Henriksen, Foster, Bird.

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