CHRIS Hughton will be hoping that his Norwich City side can get back to winning ways in the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round on Saturday when they tackle non-league Luton Town at Carrow Road.
The Canaries are looking to bounce back after a disappointing trip to Liverpool last weekend, and a sell-out crowd will be backing them all the way as they aim to book their place in the fifth round draw on Sunday.
City made light work of Peterborough United in the third round with an emphatic 3-0 win at London Road on January 5, and they will need to find that sort of form again if they are to advance at the expense of Paul Buckle’s ‘giant-killing’ Luton Town.
The Hatters made national headlines in the last round themselves when they put in a sensational display at Kenilworth Road to knock out Championship side and four-time FA Cup winners Wolves after a 1-0 win.
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Goalkeeper John Ruddy
(thigh) is missing for City until at least March, whilst striker Steve Morison (thigh) also faces a short spell on the side-lines. Steven Whittaker has now recovered from injury and may earn a place on the bench, whilst Declan Rudd and Andrew Surman will start the match.
Paul Buckle has no fresh injury concerns going into the fixture after two days of training at Ipswich Town’s training ground.
LAST LINE UPS:Liverpool v CITY
Telford v LUTON TOWN
MANAGER: PAUL BUCKLE
The 42-year-old former midfielder took charge of the Hatters in April 2012 after a brief stint in charge of Bristol Rovers and four years at the helm at Torquay United, whom he guided back to the football league through the conference play-off. As a player, Buckle started his career with Brentford, where he played with current City Manager Chris Hughton between 1992 and 1993, before moving on to a host of other clubs including Torquay, Colchester United, and Exeter City.
ONE-TO-WATCH: ALEX LAWLESS
Welshman Alex Lawless was Luton Town’s goalscoring hero in the now famous third round win over Wolves on January 5. The Wales Under-21 cap has plyed his trade at Torquay United, Forest Green Rovers, and York City during his career, before making a permanent move to Luton in 2011. The hard-working 27-year-old will be looking to spring another surprise on Saturday so City will certainly need to keep him quiet.
Norwich City v Luton Town
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The last time Norwich City played Luton Town was back in the 2006-07 Championship season, when Simon Lappin’s stunning stoppage time free kick secured a famous 3-2 victory at Kenilworth Road, with the Canaries also triumphing by that same shoreline at Carrow Road in the reverse fixture that season. It is Norwich who have the better head-to-head record against the Hatters, whose last win at Carrow Road came on January 20, 1996 in the old Division One – Bontcho Guentchev’s penalty being the only goal. They last met in the FA Cup in 1976, with City winning 2-0, but Luton were the team that brought to an end the Canaries’ incredible 1958-59 Cup run at the semi-final stage all those years ago.
TOP LEAGUE SCORERSCITY:
Grant Holt, Robert Snodgrass, Anthony Pilkington – Four league goals
Stuart Fleetwood - 10 league goals
MOST LEAGUE STARTSCITY:
Bradley Johnson – 22 league starts
Mark Tyler, Andre Gray, Ron Henry, Alex Lawless - 22 league starts
REFEREE: ANDRE MARRINER
Birmingham-based Marriner will referee City’s clash with Luton on Saturday, having previously been the man-in-the-middle for the 1-0 Carrow Road victory over Stoke City back in November. The 42-year-old is the only other Premier League referee alongside Lee Mason to have issued no red cards so far this campaign. He was in charge of Arsenal’s 5-1 win over West Ham on Wednesday in the league, and has dished out a total of 67 yellow cards this term.