Ryan Bowman missed a 95th-minute penalty to deny Darlington victory over Luton Town.

It was the striker who had put Darlo ahead late on, netting from the spot after being fouled by Ed Asafu-Adjaye - three minutes after Janos Kovacs was sent off for bringing him down.

Stuart Fleetwood fired home an equaliser in the 90th minute.

Bowman was then brought down by Godfrey Poku to earn a second penalty, but keeper Mark Tyler went the right way.

The result leaves Darlington four points off safety, while Luton are three points clear of sixth-placed Southport.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Darlington manager Craig Liddle told BBC Tees:

Quakers were fantastic - Liddle

"All the talk is going to be about the two incredible (penalty) decisions, but I'd rather talk about the performance.

"The boys were fantastic against a side who will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

"They're a big side and have spent a lot of money, but we stood up to them and gave everything we've got."

Luton Town manager Gary Brabin told BBC Three Counties Radio:

Kovacs red card 'baffles' Brabin

"It must have been a really entertaining game for the neutral - packed with incident.

"But from our point of view I thought it was a very tired, lacklustre first half.

"I thought second half we created enough chances and their keeper has made some good saves.

"A couple of decisions - which have baffled us - have gone us against us.

"But we showed some character and got the equaliser."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Darlington

  • 24 Pickford
  • 02 Arnison
  • 03 Brown Booked
  • 07 Keltie
  • 08 Taylor
  • 16 McReady
  • 20 Rundle
  • 26 Wainwright Booked
  • 30 Hopson (Lambert - 65' )
  • 10 Broughton Booked
  • 12 Bowman

Substitutes

  • 13 Nixon
  • 17 Ferguson
  • 11 Lambert

Luton

  • 01 Tyler
  • 03 Taylor
  • 06 Pilkington
  • 16 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 34 Kovacs Dismissed
  • 07 Lawless
  • 11 Willmott
  • 25 Poku Booked
  • 28 Watkins (Henry - 73' )
  • 09 McAllister (Woolley - 89' )
  • 10 Crow (Fleetwood - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 18 Osano
  • 17 Boucaud
  • 21 Henry
  • 13 Fleetwood
  • 44 Woolley
Ref: Wigglesworth
Att: 1,382

Match Stats

Shots

10 12

On target

5 8

Corners

4 14

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:58 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +4:49 Penalty

Penalty taken by Ryan Bowman saved by Mark Tyler. Darlington 1-1 Luton.

90:00 +3:47

Godfrey Poku gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bowman.

90:00 +2:57

Godfrey Poku handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Clark Keltie.

90:00 +1:16

Ed Asafu-Adjaye fouled by Drewe Broughton, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:24 Booking

Booking Aaron Brown goes into the book for dissent.

89:28

Assist by Jake Woolley.

89:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Stuart Fleetwood - Darlington 1 - 1 Luton Stuart Fleetwood finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Darlington 1-1 Luton.

89:26

A cross is delivered by Jake Woolley,

88:09

Mark Tyler takes the direct free kick.

88:09 Substitution

Substitution (Luton) makes a substitution, with Jake Woolley coming on for Craig McAllister.

88:09

Godfrey Poku fouled by Ryan Bowman, the ref awards a free kick.

87:47

Corner taken short by Danny Lambert.

87:33

Danny Lambert takes a shot. Blocked by Greg Taylor.

87:05

A cross is delivered by Greg Taylor.

86:41

Ryan Bowman is caught offside. George Pilkington takes the free kick.

85:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Bowman - Darlington 1 - 0 Luton Penalty taken right-footed by Ryan Bowman and scored. Darlington 1-0 Luton.

84:32

Ed Asafu-Adjaye challenges Ryan Bowman unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

83:24

The ball is sent over by Danny Lambert.

82:35

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Lambert, George Pilkington makes a clearance.

81:16

John McReady fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Mark Tyler makes a save.

81:16 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Janos Kovacs.

80:53

Unfair challenge on Ryan Bowman by Janos Kovacs results in a free kick.

78:35

Adam Rundle delivers the ball, Drewe Broughton produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

75:58

Unfair challenge on Aaron Brown by Charlie Henry results in a free kick. Jordan Pickford restarts play with the free kick.

75:30

Godfrey Poku fouled by Neil Wainwright, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

73:18

Unfair challenge on Clark Keltie by Charlie Henry results in a free kick. Jordan Pickford takes the free kick.

71:59 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Henry replaces Adam Watkins.

71:59

Aaron Brown has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

71:15

Danny Lambert takes a shot. Save by Mark Tyler.

70:46

Stuart Fleetwood is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Aaron Brown crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Ed Asafu-Adjaye makes a clearance.

69:46

Foul by Robbie Willmott on Neil Wainwright, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.

69:19

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Rundle, clearance made by Greg Taylor.

69:02

A cross is delivered by Adam Rundle, clearance made by George Pilkington.

68:24

Shot by Stuart Fleetwood. Save by Jordan Pickford.

67:52

Ryan Bowman takes a shot. Save by Mark Tyler.

66:53

Shot from just outside the box by Greg Taylor misses to the right of the goal.

65:17

Foul by Godfrey Poku on Ryan Bowman, free kick awarded. Kris Taylor takes the direct free kick.

64:35 Substitution

Substitution Danny Lambert comes on in place of Dale Hopson.

64:00

Corner taken right-footed by Robbie Willmott from the right by-line, clearance by Drewe Broughton.

62:20

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Robbie Willmott, save by Jordan Pickford.

61:00

Stuart Fleetwood has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

59:01

The ball is delivered by Alex Lawless.

58:25

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ryan Bowman. Mark Tyler takes the indirect free kick.

57:31

The referee blows for offside. Ed Asafu-Adjaye restarts play with the free kick.

56:49

Corner taken right-footed by Robbie Willmott from the left by-line, clearance by Aaron Brown.

56:37

Adam Watkins takes a shot. Save by Jordan Pickford.

56:16

Robbie Willmott takes a shot. Paul Arnison gets a block in.

53:18

The ball is delivered by Adam Rundle, Greg Taylor makes a clearance.

53:05

Godfrey Poku takes a shot. Blocked by Kris Taylor.

52:57

Centre by Robbie Willmott, clearance by Clark Keltie.

51:31

Corner taken by Robbie Willmott from the left by-line, save by Jordan Pickford.

49:07

Corner taken right-footed by Robbie Willmott from the right by-line, Kris Taylor manages to make a clearance.

48:27

Janos Kovacs takes a shot. Save by Jordan Pickford.

48:07

Corner taken by Robbie Willmott from the left by-line.

48:02

Robbie Willmott crosses the ball, clearance by Aaron Brown.

46:58

Stuart Fleetwood produces a cross.

45:36

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Danny Crow goes off and Stuart Fleetwood comes on.

45:00 +3:21 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +3:07

Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:53

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Aaron Brown, clearance made by George Pilkington.

45:00 +1:53 Booking

Booking Godfrey Poku receives a yellow card.

45:00 +1:41

Godfrey Poku concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Wainwright.

45:00 +0:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dale Hopson on Godfrey Poku. George Pilkington restarts play with the free kick.

44:41

A cross is delivered by Adam Rundle, Effort from inside the area by Drewe Broughton misses to the right of the target.

39:46

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Robbie Willmott from the right by-line, Drewe Broughton makes a clearance.

35:21

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Bowman. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

34:22

Adam Watkins sends in a cross, save by Jordan Pickford.

33:19

Effort on goal by Godfrey Poku from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

33:07

Robbie Willmott produces a cross, save made by Jordan Pickford.

31:28

Drewe Broughton concedes a free kick for a foul on Janos Kovacs. George Pilkington takes the free kick.

30:49

Centre by Robbie Willmott.

30:14

Drewe Broughton is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

29:12

Greg Taylor delivers the ball, clearance made by Paul Arnison.

27:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig McAllister on Neil Wainwright. Direct free kick taken by Kris Taylor.

27:00

Centre by Adam Rundle, clearance by George Pilkington.

26:15

Godfrey Poku challenges Adam Rundle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Brown.

24:02

Neil Wainwright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Crow. Direct free kick taken by Adam Watkins.

22:31

Close range effort by Neil Wainwright misses to the right of the goal.

21:42

Aaron Brown takes a shot. Save by Mark Tyler. Adam Rundle takes a inswinging corner.

18:12

Greg Taylor takes a shot. Paul Arnison gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Robbie Willmott, Kris Taylor manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Robbie Willmott, clearance by Kris Taylor. Corner taken by Robbie Willmott from the right by-line, Close range header by Craig McAllister goes over the bar.

17:34

A cross is delivered by Robbie Willmott, Aaron Brown gets a block in. Corner taken by Robbie Willmott played to the near post, clearance by Paul Arnison.

15:28

Robbie Willmott crosses the ball, save made by Jordan Pickford.

14:01

Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

14:01 Booking

Booking Drewe Broughton is given a yellow card.

13:47 Booking

Booking Caution for Neil Wainwright.

13:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Watkins by Neil Wainwright.

12:46

The ball is sent over by Ryan Bowman, clearance by Janos Kovacs.

11:14

Ed Asafu-Adjaye sends in a cross, clearance made by Neil Wainwright.

10:39

Paul Arnison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Crow. Greg Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

9:51

The offside flag is raised against Craig McAllister. Jordan Pickford takes the free kick.

9:06

Foul by Paul Arnison on Greg Taylor, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Robbie Willmott, clearance by Clark Keltie.

8:23

Shot from outside the area by Adam Rundle misses to the left of the target.

7:43

Craig McAllister takes a shot. Jordan Pickford makes a save.

6:29

Corner taken by Robbie Willmott from the right by-line, save by Jordan Pickford.

6:02

Neil Wainwright produces a cross, save by Mark Tyler.

2:53

Danny Crow crosses the ball, blocked by Aaron Brown. Corner from right by-line taken by Robbie Willmott.

2:03

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robbie Willmott, clearance by Paul Arnison.

1:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Crow by Kris Taylor. Adam Watkins restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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