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Luton Town 3 v 1 Ipswich Town
Carabao Cup
Tuesday, 13th August 2019 Kick-off 19:45
Luton Town 3-1 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Tuesday, 13th Aug 2019 21:46

A much-changed Town side exited the Carabao Cup at the first round stage having been comfortably beaten 3-1 by Luton at Kenilworth Road. The Hatters, who switched their entire XI, went in front through Lloyd Jones on eight, Elliot Lee made it two from the spot in the 17th minute, then Andrew Shinnie added the third before Armando Dobra hit a debut consolation for the Blues 16 minutes from time.

Boss Paul Lambert made 10 changes handing keeper Will Norris and youngsters Bailey Clements and Dobra debuts.

Skipper Luke Chambers, who started at the centre of the defence alongside James Wilson, was the only player kept in the team from Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

Clements, one of four academy graduates in the starting line-up with two more on the bench, was at left-back and Josh Emmanuel at right-back.

Emyr Huws made his first competitive start since December 2018 in central midfield alongside Andre Dozzell.

Dobra was on the left and Edwards, back after his groin injury, on the right with Alan Judge behind lone striker Jordan Roberts.

Jon Nolan was among the subs following his calf injury, while ex-Hatters loanee Flynn Downes was also on the bench.

Luton, who changed their entire XI, included former Blues loan man James Bree from the start at centre-half, while one-time trialist Marek Stech was a sub.

With former boss Mick McCarthy watching from the directors’ box in his new role as Republic of Ireland manager, Luton’s on-loan Chelsea midfielder Izzy Brown hit the game’s opening shot at keeper Norris in the opening minute.

The much-changed Blues took time to settle and on five Hatters captain Andrew Shinnie was played in behind Clements and hit a shot from the right of the box which Norris pawed wide off the woodwork.

And three minutes later, the home side took the lead. After a corner was cleared, the ball was played back in from the right by Brown where it found Jones unmarked and the defender had a simple task of nodding past Norris.

Luton continued to have much the better of it with Brown at the heart of most of their attacking play. On 13 the Chelsea youngster found Harry Cornick on the right but his shot flew over.

A minute later Dobra took the ball across the edge of the Luton penalty area before hitting a shot straight at home keeper James Shea, the Hatters’ third choice.

On 15 Dozzell curled a freekick over the bar after Edwards had been fouled by goalscorer.

However, in the 17th minute, the Hatters doubled their lead from the penalty spot. Emmanuel was penalised for blocking off Lee and referee Brett Huxtable pointed straight to the spot.

Town complaints came unsurprisingly to nothing and Lee slammed the spot-kick to Norris’s right as the keeper dived the other way.

The Blues were still to really get going but in the 27th minute Judge struck a shot which was deflected wide.

But a minute later, Luton again threatened on the counter-attack, but Kazenga LuaLua’s backheel flick from the edge of the area was blocked.

Luke Berry scraped another effort just past Norris’s right post on 31, then two minutes later Roberts battled his way on to the ball on the left of the Hatters box before cutting across to Judge, whose shot was diverted away from goal.

But it was still mainly Luton and in the 35th minute a quick Brown break ended with Lee hitting a shot which Norris saved to his right.

Six minutes before half-time, it was almost 3-0. The ball fell to Berry 25 yards out and the ex-Cambridge man’s low strike flew only just past Norris’s right post.

LuaLua shot not too far wide on 44, then as the half moved into injury time referee Huxtable inadvertently clashed heads with Brown midway inside the Town half with the Luton man coming off worse. Inevitably there were chants of ‘off, off, off’ from the Town fans.

Huxtable’s whistle ended a dismal half for the Blues soon afterwards with Town having been very much second best.

Despite having changed all their XI from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Cardiff, Luton got on top very quickly and went into an early lead before Town had settled.

The Blues were still to find their feet when the Hatters doubled their lead from the spot and although they started to pass the ball around more fluently later in the half, the home side continued to look more threatening and might even have gone in further ahead at the break.

Too many of Town’s players looked off the pace having played few competitive games either due to lack of recent fitness or inexperience with youngster Dobra perhaps the brightest spark having made one or two tricky dribbles.

Luton withdrew Luke Bolton and LuaLua at half-time in favour of Martin Cranie and Josh Neufville.

The Hatters went close to a third two minutes after the restart, a cross from the right reaching Lee on the left of the area but his effort flew just over. At the other end, a Judge low shot was hit straight at Shea, also from the left of the box.

Nine minutes into the second half the home side did add to their lead. Dozzell committed a foul just outside the area after Emmanuel had failed to clear and Shinnie’s freekick flew past Norris.

Judge was shown the game’s first yellow card for a foul on Brendan Galloway two minutes later, before Lee hit a strike from the edge of the area which was too close to Norris.

Just before the hour mark a Wilson error allowed Cornick to break down the right and tee-up Brown, whose shot was deflected wide.

Danny Rowe replaced Edwards on 61 with the Welshman having benefited from the run-out but unsurprisingly not at his best having not played a game since April.

A minute later, the ball fell to Dozzell in space on the edge of the box but his shot was too close to Shea, who turned the ball over. Soon after, Roberts scraped a low shot to the Hatters keeper.

Town went closer in the 65th minute when, following a corner, Rowe crossed from the left and Shea failed to claim. Roberts turned goalwards but the ball was cleared away from the line.

Luton swapped very impressive loanee Brown for Callum McManaman on 66, before the Blues switched Huws, who again will have benefited from the competitive minutes if some way from his best, for ex-Luton loanee Flynn Downes.

The Hatters continued to dominate and went looking for a fourth, Norris saving from McManaman with his feet, the ex-Wigan man having found a way through the Blues’ defence.

The 1,064-strong Town support finally had something to cheer in the 74th minute when Dobra smashed home a debut goal. The Albanian U19 international picked the ball up from Downes after the sub had won the ball on halfway, brought it forward and inside to the edge of the box before slamming a low strike to Shea’s left and into the net.

With 13 minutes remaining Judge was replaced by Jackson, then on 79 Roberts was booked for a foul on Jones.

After a spell in which Town sent in a couple of dangerous balls from the right but without being able to create a chance, Dobra was booked for a foul on halfway.

Just prior to the fourth official indicating four minutes of additional time, Emmanuel was booked for a foul as Luton broke, the last serious action of a disappointing evening for the Blues.

Having started slowly and conceded early on, Town never looked like they would get back into the game and threaten to claim a place in round two.

The Hatters, who made one more change than the Blues, looked a much slicker outfit from the off with Town thoroughly disjointed with too many players either on the way back from injury or lacking senior experience.

Dobra’s debut goal and display and game time for the likes of Huws and Edwards were the only positives Town could take from the tie.

While manager Paul Lambert won’t be too disappointed at not having another game to add to the Blues’ lengthy fixture list, he will have been unimpressed that his fringe team was swept aside so easily by the Championship new boys.

Luton: Shea, Berry, Lee, Shinnie (c), Cornick, Bolton (Cranie 46), Galloway, Brown (McManaman 66), LuaLua (Neufville 46), Bree, Jones. Unused: Stech, Jervis, Moncur, Pante.

Town: Norris, Emmanuel, Chambers (c), Wilson, Clements, Huws (Downes 66), Dozzell, Dobra, Edwards (Rowe 61), Judge (Jackson 77), Roberts. Unused: Holy, Skuse, Nolan, Kenlock. Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon). Att: 5,433 (Town 1,064).

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Bluearmy_81 added 08:31 - Aug 14
Saxon, yes all hail God Evans, he keeps us all in existence. Will you still be saying that when we are none league, "could be worse... better the devil you know..." It sounds pathetic already.

Dissboyitfc added 08:32 - Aug 14
History repeating itself and it’s worrying! 12 months ago, virtually to the day I travelled to Rotherham to watch us lose to a late goal having been the better side, certainly weren’t fearing relegation at that point! From there we travelled down to Exeter for the Carabo cup again a lack lustre performance and we went out. Only difference is I didn’t go to this cup debacle!

I really don’t think we are relegation candidates at this point but then I didn’t feel we were after 3 games last season.

A little bit concerning though as history does have a way of repeating itself. We need to get in a defender or 2 especially a good CB as we have one who has a history of making mistakes.

Get it sorted town!

tractorollson added 08:32 - Aug 14
I would also say if Scum want Dozzell I would bite their hand off!

ITFCsince73 added 08:36 - Aug 14
Chambo is club captain. Chambo is team captain.
Chambo is our most experienced centre back.
Reality check......Chambo is our worst captain ever with the poorest record.
Chambo is the weakest centre back in L1.
There will be no success for the club until he leaves.
Or at least taken out the team.
If I was a striker, I'd want to play against a Chambo defence every game.

ITFCsince73 added 08:40 - Aug 14
But it's ok hes loyal and a right top bloke.

dirtydingusmagee added 08:44 - Aug 14
however anyone chooses to gloss over this result, it was another embarrassing episode in the history of ITFC UNDER Marcus Evans. STILL people bury their heads in the sand and dismiss a bad result .

Skip73 added 08:46 - Aug 14
We were totally outplayed by Lutons reserves last night, this is a club who 5 years ago were non league, and 2 years ago were League 2. Ok, we had 10 changes as well but 4 of those are expected to be 1st teamers this season, including the 'brilliant' Alan Judge who is regarded as some kind of saviour and the vastly overrated Andre Dozzell. Its disgraceful and nobody should be happy with that. The club has fallen so far and yet I think worse is to come.

Bluearmy_81 added 08:52 - Aug 14
Skip, keep calm and worship Evans. It's worked for the last 12 years... Oh wait...

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 08:53 - Aug 14
Since 73- ffs leave off . It's turning into a witch hunt. If he's playing badly yes of course he should be dropped but we aren't exactly rich in centre backs are we. It's becoming ridiculous on here.

ArnieM added 08:53 - Aug 14
What do you suggest should be the fans next move then?

..... we’re all keen to know your ideas!

Bluearmy_81 added 09:03 - Aug 14
Arnie, try not sitting on your hands, quiet as a mouse accepting the pitiful state that is unfolding. In some ways town fans are the best (4k to Peterborough) but in other ways they are embarrassingly passive and apathetic, really really poor. Evans is worse than Ashley, even he's been spending, compare Newcastle fans to us!!

Dissboyitfc added 09:13 - Aug 14
I am no fan of Evans but we could have a lot worse! Thing is we have the worst injury list I have ever known, I don’t blame Evans for that list, I suspect some will and do.

Need a good performance and 3 points on Saturday to make things feel a little brighter!

Bluearmy_81 added 09:17 - Aug 14
Hmmm it's a mystifying attitude for me. He could be worse... yes, just, not sure how he could be much worse. He could also be a hell of a lot better!! Stop setting the bar so low for ITFC, demand better.

herfie added 09:35 - Aug 14
Mick MIlls was spot on when highlighting the difference between the two sides. As for so many games over the past few seasons, our basic footballing skills and ability to play with pace, intensity and creation of chances, has been consistently poor. Saturday’s first half performance was the outstanding exception; but by full time we had reverted largely to stereotype.

Appreciate all the mitigating factors - and dare I say excuses - that have been voiced in here. But it goes far deeper than one poor performance. Trying to find the causes, and then the fix, is probably more complex than better training ground regimes etc. But maybe the first step is for players, manager and coaching staff to be honest with each other. Didn’t get that from last night’s effort.

Tony88 added 09:38 - Aug 14
If Evans goes who is going to buy Ipswich?

dirtydingusmagee added 09:42 - Aug 14
can understand your frustration Bluearmy, but without a buyer we are stuck, Evans wont do more than minimum but until there is a buyer we are screwed. Im sure he knows the fans aint happy, reminding him will pass over his head. Rather than an Evans out FB page ,try a Find a buyer page ! perhaps things will be a bit clearer then . No Ipswich fan can be chuffed with our present state ,and yes i also think things will get worse, but your constant one liner is just singling you out for criticism . Come up with the answer [a buyer] and you will be a Hero.

midastouch added 09:44 - Aug 14 might be our way out of this one! ;-)

TheHound added 09:46 - Aug 14
Luton's 2 XI hammered us tonight. Ouch.

Hope this is forgotten quickly and we hammer Peterborough on Saturday.


Tony88 added 09:51 - Aug 14
Well said dirtydingusmagee

Bluearmy_81 added 09:53 - Aug 14
Tony88. If the price is right it will be someone else!! Hopefully someone who cares...

Gcon added 09:56 - Aug 14
"If Evans goes who is going to buy Ipswich?"

This is the lamest question that the Evans apologists continually stand behind. Of course it cant be answered specifically but lets look at it a little more generally. Stick any club, house, bicycle, whatever up for sale and it will sell at the price the market determines as fair. Every single other club in all football leagues has an owner, so obviously we will find one. Clearly Evans can not expect to turn a profit on a club that was at the top of end of the championship which has been woefully underfunded for 10 years and is now languishing in a state of terminal decline in a lower league and can not beat Luton's reserves. He bought it cheap as a punt in the hope of getting to the prem and making a profit. That gamble has gone disastrously wrong and now is the time he should hold his hands up and admit failure.

Tony88 added 09:57 - Aug 14
As I expected you are happy to call for Evans head but no solution to the dire situation we find ourselves in.

Bluearmy_81 added 09:58 - Aug 14
"Im sure he knows the fans aint happy,"
Really?!! What makes you so sure?! Town fans are so docile and passive I wouldn't be surprised if he's not aware of that!! He needs pressure put on him to sell up. If things don't change we will be league 2 or worse in 3-4 years, mark my words. Even then I think some would still be backing him. The aforementioned really are one of the greatest mysteries of my life.

Bluearmy_81 added 10:14 - Aug 14
Tony, please see Gcons reply above. The question is indeed lame and is an excuse for stagnation and decline. Perhaps the price is too high?!! In any market there is always a buyer at the right price.

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 10:23 - Aug 14
Bluearmy I imagine getting dressed without help is your greatest 😁

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