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Preview: Rovers v Luton Town

A look ahead to this afternoon's encounter at Ewood Park against the Hatters

30 January 2021

Rovers return to action this afternoon with Luton Town the visitors to Ewood Park in the Sky Bet Championship.

Rovers were unfortunate to draw with the Hatters earlier in the campaign, with Sam Gallagher scoring a late equaliser at Kenilworth Road back in November.

Gallagher has actually scored in his last two games against Luton, but, with Rovers having beaten Middlesbrough last time out, the forward is likely to be a substitute once again this weekend.

There will be at least one change from that team that took to the field against Boro, with Bradley Johnson a definite absentee with a hamstring injury.

However, Lewis Holtby has been back in training and is expected to be a part of the matchday squad.

Daniel Ayala remains out of action, whilst fellow centre backs Derrick Williams and Scott Wharton are long-term absentees.

For Luton, Joe Morrell and Martin Cranie have both been back in training this week to give the manager extra options ahead of today's test.

The Hatters won this fixture last term despite Lewis Travis hitting his first ever goal on home turf.

And ahead of today's contest, Jones is expecting a difficult challenge at Ewood Park.

“It’s a tough, tough game and they’ve been at Championship level for a number of years with the same manager, same group." the boss told the official Luton Town website.

"They’ve added to the group and spent on front players so it’s a tough game, but they’re all tough games.

“Harvey Elliott has done fantastically well.

"He’s still young, still developing and has gone to a good club that will have furthered his development, but they’re good players."

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A reminder that kick-off is at 3pm later on today.

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Match Reports

Report: Rovers 1-0 Luton Town

It's another late show at Ewood Park thanks to Adam Armstrong's header against the Hatters

30 January 2021

A dramatic header from Adam Armstrong provided a vital three points for Rovers against a stubborn Luton Town at Ewood Park.

The striker, as he has been so many times this term, was in the right place at the right time to send a bullet header into the back of the net for his 18th goal of the season.

It was probably just about deserved for Rovers, who grew stronger as the game went on against the Hatters.

The offside flag prevented Harry Cornick from scoring what would have been a late equaliser, but Rovers now have ten points from their last four games and three clean sheets in their last four games.

The boss made two changes to his starting XI for the encounter, with Jacob Davenport and Bradley Johnson being kept out through injury.

That meant a first start for Stewart Downing this season in the league, with the experienced midfielder making the 750th appearance of his stellar career for club and country.

A slight re-jig to the team saw Ben Brereton return to the left wing, with Joe Rothwell moving into central midfield.

Rovers started the game brightly with what looked a new formation that saw Rothwell and Harvey Elliott tucking in from their flanks, with Brereton starting in a more central role alongside Armstrong.

Armstrong had a chance just two minutes into the encounter, but the ball didn't drop kindly enough for the frontman and Tom Lockyer was back in the nick of time to stop the 23-year-old with just Simon Sluga to beat.

That was to be the only real chance for either side in a first half that was more of a midfield battle than a 45 minutes full of opportunities.

Rovers started the second half as they began the first, with Armstrong smashing a left-footed effort towards goal that Sluga dealt with well.

At the other end, the dangerous Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall sent a free kick comfortably over Thomas Kaminski's upright just five minutes into the second half.

Rovers made a quadruple change on the hour, and all four were involved in the next opportunity soon after.

Bradley Dack won the ball back, Sam Gallagher sent in a low cross, and after a clearance fell the way to Lewis Holtby, he flicked the ball towards Tyrhys Dolan, whose strike took a deflection before flying over the bar.

Dewsbury-Hall was Town's dangerman and he forced Kaminski into a smart save down low as the clock ticked to 83 minutes.

Time was running out for both sides to find a winner, but quick-thinking from Holtby saw his ball in headed back across goal by Gallagher and Armstrong was there to nod home from close range.

There was to be more drama late on when Barry Douglas somehow hacked off the line and Cornick thumped home, but the flag was up for offside in the final opportunity of the game.

Rovers: Kaminski, Nyambe, Lenihan (c), Branthwaite, Douglas, Rothwell (Dolan, 60), Travis, Downing (Holtby, 60), Elliott (Dack, 60), Brereton (Gallagher, 60), Armstrong.

Unused substitutes: Pears, Buckley, Evans, Bennett, Magloire.

Goal: Armstrong, 86.

Booked: Travis, 50, Armstrong, 90.

Luton Town: Sluga, Potts, Bradley, Pearson (Cranie, 72), Cornick, Lockyer, Rea (Nombe, 88), Mpanzu, Clark (Naismith, 88), Collins (Hylton, 64), Dewsbury-Hall.

Unused substitutes: Shea, Berry, Moncur, LuaLua, Morrell.

Booked: Rea, 63

Referee: Jeremy Simpson.

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