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30-y/o out: The Luton Town XI that Harford must play v Rochdale tomorrow

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Luton Town look to be on course for a successive promotion, with the Championship beckoning.

They finished second in League Two last season, but have climbed to the top of the third-tier and opened up enough of a gap to consider themselves comfortable.

It’s remarkable achievement considering they lost manager Nathan Jones just after Christmas, but club legend Mick Harford took over and has established himself as a steady hand and a calming influence.

They face relegation-haunted Rochdale tomorrow at Kenilworth Road, unbeaten in the league since mid October. It looks to be a comfortable fixture against Keith Hill’s side, who are staring the dreaded drop in the face.

If Luton play the XI we’ve suggested, there should be few issues in brushing aside their opponents.

James Shea

Shea has been a safe pair of hands all season, and Luton haven’t got where they are by dropping key players.

He’s fit, ready to go and will certainly face Dale this weekend.

James Justin

The full back has been keeping Dan Potts out of the team and has looked to be a class act this campaign.

He’s one player who would be more than capable of stepping up a level with the Hatters.

Jack Stacey

Stacey has started 33 matches in League One this season, with only one player starting on more occasions.

Consistency has been the key to their success and Stacey is a reflection of that.

Sonny Bradley

When Bradley swapped Plymouth for Luton in pre-season, it showed a real determination by the Hatters to be a force in the third-tier.

He’s only missed two league matches and has formed a strong bond with his fellow centre half.

Matthew Pearson

The former Blackburn trainee is rapidly becoming one of the most feared central defenders outside the top two divisions.

Next season, he’ll surely be plying his trade in the Championship, a stage worthy of his ability.

Pelly Ruddock

Ruddock has been ever-present this season, something that would have surprised Luton fans a year ago.

He’s growing into a holding midfield role and is rapidly developing his game.

Andrew Shinnie

The former Birmingham City man is a calm, cool head on the ball.

He has terrific work rate and gets from box to box with ease. he’s also bagged four goals this season, chipping in where needed.

Alan McCormack

The 35-year-old missed a portion of the campaign through injury and if the Hatters go up, it might be a step too far for him.

Right now though, he’s integral to their assault on the title. After that, who knows what the future holds for a player with 373 Football League starts in his career.

George Moncur

Moncur swapped one promotion-chasing side for another and has thrived under Mick Harford.

He struggled for games at Barnsley, but his January move has proven to be shrewd with four goals from seven outings.

James Collins

Collins is the talisman striker at Kenilworth Road and he will definitely start the encounter tomorrow.

He’s got 19 goals from 38 outings and is likely to break the 20 goal barrier yet again, the third time is as many seasons.

Elliott Lee

Lee started the season on fire, smashing ten goals, but they’ve slowed in recent weeks.

Danny Hylton replaced him for the draw with Coventry, but we can see him being recalled to face Dale.

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