Luton seek to gain their first league win away from home this season at in form Oldham Athletic. Troubles off the pitch have led to the players having not been paid since October, but the manager states that they are working as hard as normal and want to help bring the club through the current turmoil.
Oldham Assistant Manager Tommy Wright told his club’s official website:
“Obviously they’ve gone into administration, but Luton have a group of players who have played at a higher level and can hurt you.
“It will be a difficult game; they’re not so good on the road but very good at home and they have an experienced manager and experienced players. If we don’t play well, players like Luton’s will make us pay.
“You can get that siege mentality when things go against you, and everyone pulls together and gives that extra five to ten per cent. Hopefully that won’t happen against us, but we must be careful.”
“They’ve got Paul Furlong up front and he’s scored goals at the highest level, while Darren Currie’s on the left-hand side.
“Maybe Darren’s legs aren’t as quick as they used to be, but he’s got a very good left foot and can hurt you at set plays, on the diagonals and with crosses into the box.
“We’ll have to be careful, because Luton are a decent side.”
On Lutontown.co.uk, Kevin Blackwell said:
“Going to Oldham is never an easy task, they are a difficult side to play against. We just want to keep the run going. I’m sure the lads will be able to go there and concentrate on the football. It’s important that we start picking up points away from home now. Every point that we gain is going to be important, so even draws on the road are going to be vital to our season.”
Oldham Athletic Team News:
Oldham will have three players returning. On-loan Ryan Bertrand is available after being cup-tied; Neal Trotman returns after suspension and John Thompson has recovered from knee surgery, but may not be risked as he has not trained fully yet.
Player to watch: Craig Davies
Knows where the goal is and has 9 to his credit already this season.
Luton Town Team News:
Matthew Spring will be unavailable being said to have the flu and Don Hutchison has failed to recover from the calf injury which forcd him off the field last time out. However, Steve Robinson and David Edwards have shaken off knocks and should be available and Paul Furlong could be back after being an unused substitute at Brentford. Furlong came through Sunday`s training session without incident.
Luton’s two recent loan signings Marc Wilson and Anthony Grant are also available after being disallowed from playing in the FA Cup by their parent clubs.
Player to watch: Jaraslav Fojut
Man mountain in defence – problem for defences from set pieces.
Match Facts & Stats
Andy Haines from Tyne and Wear. In 9 matches so far this season he has brandished 17 yellow cards and 1 red.
Siege mentality to the fore? Oldham 0-2 Luton
Sat 8 December 2007 Home v Millwall 3 pm KO