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Preview: Luton Town v Bristol City

Luton Town v Bristol City
Capital One Cup Round One
Kenilworth Road
Tuesday, August 11th, 7.45pm

Bristol City face look to bounce back from Saturday's disappointing start to the season away at Luton Town in the Capital One Cup.

After missing out on the Sky Bet League Two play-offs last term, the Hatters have recruited well in the summer in a bid to gain automatic promotion this time round. Craig Mackail-Smith and Paddy McCourt have both joined the ranks at Kenilworth Road, both bringing vast amounts of Championship experience. They opened the campaign with a point at Accrington Stanley, scoring a fortunate equaliser in the stoppage-time.

John Still – Former Leyton Orient youth player who made one appearance for the O’s before furthering his career in non-league. The 65-year-old first managed in the Football League with Peterborough United before moving to Barnet. After the Bees were relegated to the Conference in 2002, Still was appointed assistant manager at Bristol Rovers. He returned to non-league to manage Dagenham and Redbridge, winning promotion to League Two during his nine years in the job. In 2013, Still took the job at Luton in the Conference winning the league in his first full season.

Paddy McCourt – Experienced Northern Ireland international who started his professional career at Rochdale. After four years in England, the 31-year-old moved to Shamrock Rovers but the club were in dire need of money so sold him to Derry City. In 2008, Celtic came calling for McCourt and he spent five years at Parkhead before moving to Barnsley. He played for a season at Oakwell before Brighton came calling. However, McCourt actually ended up on loan at Notts County for most of the season before a permanent switch to Luton in the summer.

James Linington is the man in the middle tonight. Robert Massey-Ellis and Andrew Hendley will be his assistants. Nicholas Kinseley is the fourth official.

The match is all-ticket.

Luton Town 5-0 City (2005) – Luton cruised to victory to extend their lead at the top of League One. Ahmet Brkovic’s double, a Kevin Nicholls penalty as well as goals from Sol Davis and Peter Holmes ensured the empathic win.

League Two: 8th
FA Cup: Third round (lost to Cambridge United)
Capital One Cup: First round (lost to Swindon Town)
Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: Southern section second round (lost to Crawley Town)

In the 1935/36 season, Joe Payne scored ten goals in a 12-0 victory for the Hatters against Bristol Rovers.

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