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Williams Previews Checkatrade Trophy Tie Against Luton

6 December 2016

Town Head Coach Luke Williams is expecting to face a tough test from Luton Town tonight regardless of what sort of side the Hatters field.


The Reds host the League Two outfit in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy at The County Ground later (7.45pm Kick-Off), where a victory for either side would send them into the next stage of the competition.


Luton opted to field three very youthful sides in the group stages and could do the same tonight, although Hatters Boss Nathan Jones has suggested that he will put out a much stronger outfit against Town.


However, regardless of what team they come up against later, Williams knows the Robins will have to be at their best in order to prolong their stay in the competition.


“I think we can get some idea (of team selection) but I think it would be foolish to think that we know exactly what team they are going to put out,” he said.


“We’ve experienced that in the other games where we don’t know for sure what team the opposition will play, but whatever team Luton put on the pitch will be strong and competitive.


“We’re not going to take anything for granted at all.


“We should think of the competition as an opportunity rather than a distraction.


“We should treat it as an opportunity to compete in the tournament and learn from that because it is different to the league.


“It is something that all of our players should learn from because they are hopefully going to be involved in more cup competitions throughout their career, and it is also an opportunity to go and play a competitive game and perform well and hopefully that can have a knock-on effect on your league programme.


“That’s the way we look at it – it is a brilliant opportunity for us.”


Town will make changes for tonight’s game and Williams sees it as a big opportunity for some of his players to stake a claim for a place in his starting XI for this weekend’s trip to Sheffield United in the Sky Bet League One.


“Every time you are on the pitch you’ve got a chance to impress and to try and force your way into the team, so tonight is a good opportunity for everybody who is involved," he added.


“Everyone is going to want to play at Bramall Lane on Saturday so there is extra motivation to play well tonight.”


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