Gallen relishing Pompey's FA Cup trip to Luton

Joe Gallen is relishing Pompey's FA Cup first-round tie at Luton.

Monday, 16th October 2017, 8:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:55 pm

The Blues were drawn away at the Hatters in last night’s draw.

Luton have been in a rich vein of form in League Two this campaign and currently sit third in the table.

Nathan Jones’ troops thrashed Stevenage 7-1 on Saturday and have won six of their past seven games in the fourth tier.

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Blues assistant boss Gallen admits the draw is not ideal, but he is looking forward to the clash.

He said: ‘It’s a tough draw but it’s two big clubs drawn together and it’s going to be an exciting game.

‘Kenilworth Road is a tough place to go and get a result at the best of times.

‘They’ve got a passionate crowd and decent support, so it will be a very exciting game and a very exciting day.

‘Historically, Luton are not a League Two club.

‘They’ve always been at the upper end of League One or in the Championship, so they will see us as a scalp and they’ll be looking to turn us over.’

Pompey earned a 3-1 victory at Kenilworth Road on the way to the League Two title last season.

Gallen is adamant the Blues can earn another win at Luton and progress into the second round.

‘I have no doubt on the day we can go to Luton and get a result,’ he added

‘Kenny will pick the strongest team available for him – he won’t be disrespecting the FA Cup.

‘But we’re under no illusions how hard it will be for us to do that.

‘We’ll have to play well and perform to the best of our ability.’

The FA Cup first-round fixtures will take place between Friday, November 3 and Monday, November 6.

– WILL ROONEY