Grimsby Town 0-1 Luton Town

Tommy Wright

Tommy Wright scored just once in 14 appearances for the Mariners

New Luton Town signing Tommy Wright hit the only goal of the game on his full Hatters debut as he marked his return to Blundell Park with a victory.

Ex-Mariners striker Wright, who spent an unsuccessful five months at Grimsby in 2010, settled it on 73 minutes.

Wright, who joined Luton on Tuesday, headed home Stuart Fleetwood's cross to earn the Hatters' second win in four games and help them climb to third.

Grimsby's main threat came when Liam Hearn's shot was tipped round the post.

Home keeper James McKeown made two good early saves from Fleetwood and Janos Kovacs, who were both thwarted again as half-time approached.

But Luton keeper Mark Tyler also made saves from Michael Coulson and another 25-yard free-kick from substitute Robert Eagle.

Grimsby, relegated from League Two in 2010, a year after Luton, had won their previous two home games 5-2.

But a third straight defeat in seven days for joint managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst leaves them 15th - and now 10 points adrift of the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off pack.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Grimsby Town joint manager Rob Scott:

"You switch off at this level, you get punished. One shot, they shut up shop and it's game over.

"As a manager, you question whether you are doing the right things. And, if we don't get results, we won't be here. But I still believe it will turn. No-one's going to throw the towel in. Paul Hurst and I aren't quitters.

"It makes me physically sick that we're not up there on the top page of Ceefax. We're used to winning.

"I've never been at a club where the performances are so erratic. Not one member of the team can come and knock on the door and say they should be playing regularly. But something's got to change.

"You've got to take the rough with the smooth. Right now, it's more rough than smooth, but that's been the case for a long time here."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Grimsby

  • 13 McKeown
  • 02 Silk
  • 05 Kempson
  • 26 I'Anson
  • 04 Church Booked (Spencer - 88' )
  • 08 Disley
  • 18 Makofo (Eagle - 58' )
  • 19 Wood Booked
  • 07 Coulson
  • 10 Hearn
  • 39 Elding (Duffy - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Pearson
  • 11 Artus
  • 29 Eagle
  • 09 Spencer
  • 12 Duffy

Luton

  • 01 Tyler
  • 06 Pilkington Booked
  • 15 Howells
  • 18 Osano Booked
  • 27 Hand
  • 34 Kovacs
  • 11 Willmott (Kissock - 78' )
  • 19 Dance (O'Connor - 67' )
  • 28 Watkins Booked
  • 13 Fleetwood (Crow - 87' )
  • 39 T Wright

Substitutes

  • 30 Pilkington
  • 05 Beckwith
  • 20 Kissock
  • 10 Crow
  • 14 O'Connor
Ref: Stockbridge
Att: 3,239

Match Stats

Shots

9 13

On target

9 8

Corners

5 3

Fouls

14 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:28 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

89:43

Robert Eagle crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save by Mark Tyler.

89:43 Booking

Booking Booking for George Pilkington for unsporting behaviour.

89:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damian Spencer by George Pilkington.

88:36

Darran Kempson challenges Tommy Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Hand.

87:35 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Church goes off and Damian Spencer comes on.

86:11

Free kick crossed by Jamie Hand, save by James McKeown.

86:11 Substitution

Substitution Danny Crow comes on in place of Stuart Fleetwood.

86:11 Booking

Booking Anthony Church goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

86:03

Anthony Church challenges John Kissock unfairly and gives away a free kick.

84:20

Michael Coulson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Mark Tyler.

84:20 Booking

Booking The referee books Curtis Osano for unsporting behaviour.

84:11

Foul by Curtis Osano on Craig Disley, free kick awarded.

83:27

Unfair challenge on Gary Silk by John Kissock results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Robert Eagle from right wing.

79:51

The ball is delivered by Gary Silk, Janos Kovacs manages to make a clearance.

78:35

Stuart Fleetwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bradley Wood. James McKeown takes the free kick.

77:10 Substitution

Substitution John Kissock on for Robbie Willmott.

76:08

Unfair challenge on Bradley Wood by Robbie Willmott results in a free kick. Gary Silk takes the direct free kick.

74:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rob Duffy by Janos Kovacs. Robert Eagle produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Mark Tyler. Corner taken by Robert Eagle from the left by-line.

72:57

Assist by Stuart Fleetwood.

72:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Tommy Wright - Grimsby 0 - 1 Luton Tommy Wright grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Grimsby 0-1 Luton.

71:11

Michael Coulson concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Watkins. Jamie Hand takes the direct free kick.

70:48

Rob Duffy challenges Janos Kovacs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the indirect free kick.

70:21

The offside flag is raised against Aaron O'Connor. James McKeown restarts play with the free kick.

68:36

Robert Eagle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Hand. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

68:14

Curtis Osano produces a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Stuart Fleetwood goes over the bar.

66:22 Substitution

Substitution (Luton) makes a substitution, with Aaron O'Connor coming on for James Dance.

66:22 Substitution

Substitution Rob Duffy comes on in place of Anthony Elding.

65:46

The ball is swung over by Gary Silk, Anthony Elding takes a shot. Save by Mark Tyler.

64:16

Liam Hearn takes a shot. Save by Mark Tyler. Corner taken left-footed by Robert Eagle from the left by-line to the near post, George Pilkington makes a clearance.

63:51

Centre by Curtis Osano, Craig Disley manages to make a clearance.

62:56

Shot by Adam Watkins from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

62:02

The ball is crossed by Michael Coulson, save by Mark Tyler.

61:23

James Dance takes a shot. Bradley Wood gets a block in.

59:08

Michael Coulson takes a shot. Save by Mark Tyler.

56:05 Substitution

Substitution Robert Eagle on for Serge Makofo.

56:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Dance by Serge Makofo. Robbie Willmott produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

54:10

George Pilkington fouled by Craig Disley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

53:59

Stuart Fleetwood crosses the ball, clearance made by Bradley Wood.

53:36

Centre by Serge Makofo, save by Mark Tyler.

52:53

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Serge Makofo from the right by-line to the near post, Curtis Osano makes a clearance.

52:38

Michael Coulson takes a shot. Mark Tyler makes a comfortable save.

51:00

Stuart Fleetwood fouled by Anthony Church, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Hand takes the free kick.

50:33

Centre by Robbie Willmott, James McKeown makes a save.

49:42

Serge Makofo fouled by Jamie Hand, the ref awards a free kick. Bradley Wood takes the free kick.

49:10

A cross is delivered by Liam Hearn.

45:53

Corner taken by Robbie Willmott, James McKeown makes a save.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +0:58 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:47

James Dance delivers the ball.

44:41

Adam Watkins takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Disley. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Robbie Willmott from the left by-line, clearance made by Craig Disley.

44:33

James Dance crosses the ball, Darran Kempson makes a clearance.

42:46

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tommy Wright. James McKeown takes the free kick.

41:23

The ball is crossed by James Dance, Shot from inside the six-yard box by Tommy Wright goes wide right of the target.

39:54

Gary Silk produces a cross, clearance by Janos Kovacs. Corner taken by Serge Makofo played to the near post, Curtis Osano manages to make a clearance.

38:26

The referee blows for offside against James Dance. Indirect free kick taken by James McKeown.

36:49

Stuart Fleetwood takes a shot. Save made by James McKeown.

35:21

Robbie Willmott crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Charlie I'Anson manages to make a clearance.

35:21 Booking

Booking Bradley Wood goes into the book.

35:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Wood on Tommy Wright.

33:34

A cross is delivered by James Dance, Robbie Willmott takes a shot. Adam Watkins takes a shot. Bradley Wood gets a block in.

28:12

Tommy Wright fouled by Darran Kempson, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Hand sends in a cross, Janos Kovacs takes a shot. James McKeown makes a save.

27:56

Foul by Anthony Church on Janos Kovacs, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

26:45

Charlie I'Anson challenges Tommy Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Hand.

25:25

Anthony Church produces a cross, clearance made by Janos Kovacs.

23:04

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Michael Coulson.

23:04 Booking

Booking Caution for Adam Watkins.

22:01

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Serge Makofo. Unfair challenge on Michael Coulson by Adam Watkins results in a free kick.

21:18

Charlie I'Anson fouled by Stuart Fleetwood, the ref awards a free kick. James McKeown takes the free kick.

20:10

Adam Watkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Coulson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Disley.

18:21

Shot by Anthony Elding. Comfortable save by Mark Tyler.

17:08

Liam Hearn takes a shot. Save by Mark Tyler.

16:45

The ball is delivered by Michael Coulson.

15:25

The ball is sent over by James Dance, Darran Kempson makes a clearance.

13:56

Robbie Willmott crosses the ball, clearance by Darran Kempson.

11:50

Robbie Willmott produces a cross, clearance made by Bradley Wood.

11:10

The ball is sent over by James Dance, clearance by Bradley Wood. The ball is swung over by James Dance, clearance by Darran Kempson.

8:56

A cross is delivered by Curtis Osano, clearance made by Michael Coulson.

8:05

Tommy Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Silk. James McKeown takes the indirect free kick.

4:43

Stuart Fleetwood takes a shot. Save made by James McKeown. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robbie Willmott, Janos Kovacs takes a shot. James McKeown makes a comfortable save.

4:08

Centre by James Dance, Charlie I'Anson manages to make a clearance.

3:26

Unfair challenge on Janos Kovacs by Liam Hearn results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Janos Kovacs.

2:27

Unfair challenge on Michael Coulson by Jake Howells results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Disley, save by Mark Tyler.

0:51

Unfair challenge on James Dance by Bradley Wood results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Robbie Willmott, save made by James McKeown.

0:38

The ball is delivered by James Dance, clearance made by Darran Kempson.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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