A Matty Taylor brace helped Forest Green on their way to victory over high-flying Luton.

Rovers bossed the opening stages, taking the lead when Yan Klukowski swept home past keeper Kieron Forbes.

Stuart Fleetwood then saw his header saved for the Hatters, before Taylor curled in from the edge of the area to double the hosts' advantage.

Taylor then rounded off the scoring when he converted Eddie Oshodi's delivery to give Rovers victory.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

"In the first 20 minutes we looked anxious and I've got to congratulate the crowd because they really got behind us.

"I'm pleased for the fans, the players and everybody because that's a great statement of intent.

"It was the best scoreline of the season but I think we've played better.

"I demanded a clean sheet and we got that but I'll say more of the same, please."

Luton Town manager Gray Brabin told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I'd like to apologise to the fans, I'm sure they feel embarrassed and let down like I do.

"Sometimes you come off and you thank your players for digging in and getting the right result, but we certainly didn't do that today.

"I feel devastated - I didn't think we had that performance in us.

"I understand 100% why the fans are disappointed. I'd be the first to admit it's not good enough."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green Rovers

  • 30 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley
  • 22 Oshodi
  • 08 Klukowski Booked (Thomson - 68' )
  • 11 Forbes (Pook - 90' )
  • 28 J Collins
  • 07 Norwood
  • 14 Taylor Booked
  • 24 Henderson (Uwezu - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Todd
  • 04 Pook
  • 21 Thomson
  • 23 Uwezu
  • 29 T Wright

Luton Town

  • 01 Tyler
  • 06 Pilkington
  • 15 Howells
  • 18 Osano Booked
  • 34 Kovacs
  • 04 Keane
  • 07 Lawless (Henry - 70' )
  • 11 Willmott
  • 28 Watkins (Boucaud - 46' )
  • 13 Fleetwood
  • 14 O'Connor (McAllister - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Boucaud
  • 21 Henry
  • 25 Poku
  • 09 McAllister
  • 10 Crow
Ref: Handley
Att: 975

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

7 8

Corners

8 5

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:46

Short corner worked by Jake Thomson.

90:00 +3:41

James Norwood sends in a cross, Jake Howells gets a block in.

90:00 +3:26

Jake Thomson decides to take the corner short.

90:00 +0:53 Substitution

Substitution Michael Pook comes on in place of Keiron Forbes.

90:00 +0:26

The ball is crossed by Charlie Henry, Sam Russell makes a save.

88:57

Assist on the goal came from Eddie Oshodi.

88:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Matty Taylor - Forest Grn 3 - 0 Luton A goal is scored by Matty Taylor from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Forest Green 3-0 Luton.

88:41

Centre by Charlie Henry, clearance made by Jake Thomson.

86:54

The ball is crossed by Robbie Willmott, clearance made by Eddie Oshodi.

86:35

Effort on goal by Matty Taylor from 20 yards. Save by Mark Tyler.

85:58

Shot from just outside the box by Keith Keane goes over the bar.

84:00

Jake Howells produces a cross.

83:38

The ball is swung over by Curtis Osano, Keiron Forbes manages to make a clearance.

82:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matty Taylor by Keith Keane. Direct free kick taken by Sam Russell.

81:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Stokes on Charlie Henry. Direct free kick taken by Janos Kovacs.

80:32

Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

80:32 Booking

Booking The referee shows Matty Taylor a yellow card.

80:17

Matty Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Pilkington.

79:37

Handball decision goes against Craig McAllister. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

79:30

The ball is crossed by Charlie Henry.

79:17

Charlie Henry decides to take the corner short.

79:10

A cross is delivered by Curtis Osano, blocked by Michael Uwezu.

78:08

Shot from 20 yards by Stuart Fleetwood. Blocked by Jamie Turley.

76:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against James Norwood. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

76:42

The ball is sent over by James Norwood.

76:21

Shot by Andre Boucaud from 25 yards. Sam Russell makes a save.

75:45

The ball is delivered by Jake Howells, clearance by Chris Stokes.

73:51

Assist on the goal came from James Norwood.

73:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Matty Taylor - Forest Grn 2 - 0 Luton A goal is scored by Matty Taylor from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Forest Green 2-0 Luton.

73:28

Corner taken left-footed by Jake Howells to the near post, clearance made by Jamie Collins.

73:16

Craig McAllister takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Stokes.

72:30

Jake Thomson crosses the ball, clearance made by Craig McAllister.

72:13

Jake Thomson takes a short corner.

72:00

Jake Thomson takes a shot. Blocked by George Pilkington.

69:14 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Henry replaces Alex Lawless.

68:46

The ball is swung over by Keith Keane, Jared Hodgkiss makes a clearance.

67:30 Substitution

Substitution Jake Thomson comes on in place of Yan Klukowski.

67:03

Jake Howells sends in a cross, save made by Sam Russell.

65:41

Chris Stokes delivers the ball, clearance by Janos Kovacs.

64:39

Yan Klukowski takes a short corner. Yan Klukowski produces a cross, George Pilkington manages to make a clearance.

64:34

The ball is swung over by Michael Uwezu, blocked by Curtis Osano.

63:34 Substitution

Substitution Michael Uwezu joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Henderson.

63:03

The ball is swung over by Curtis Osano.

62:18

Centre by Stuart Fleetwood, Sam Russell makes a save.

61:00

Andre Boucaud produces a cross, Liam Henderson manages to make a clearance.

60:07

Corner taken by Jake Howells from the right by-line, Chris Stokes makes a clearance.

60:07 Substitution

Substitution Craig McAllister comes on in place of Aaron O'Connor.

59:50

Aaron O'Connor produces a cross, blocked by Chris Stokes.

58:54

Unfair challenge on Andre Boucaud by Matty Taylor results in a free kick. Jake Howells delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Jamie Turley makes a clearance.

58:09

Liam Henderson produces a cross, clearance made by Janos Kovacs.

56:17

Foul by Jake Howells on James Norwood, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Chris Stokes from right wing, Foul by Jamie Collins on Alex Lawless, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

55:55

Keith Keane produces a cross, Stuart Fleetwood takes a shot. Save made by Sam Russell.

55:43

Jake Howells produces a cross, clearance by Liam Henderson.

53:26

Jake Howells challenges James Norwood unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Yan Klukowski.

53:02

The ball is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss, Jake Howells gets a block in.

52:01

Stuart Fleetwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Eddie Oshodi. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

51:27

Shot from just outside the penalty area by James Norwood misses to the left of the target.

50:43

Yan Klukowski is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Andre Boucaud.

48:58

The referee blows for offside against Aaron O'Connor. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Russell.

47:40

The assistant referee flags for offside against Aaron O'Connor. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

46:04

Robbie Willmott takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Jared Hodgkiss makes a clearance.

45:49

Effort on goal by Robbie Willmott from 18 yards. Save by Sam Russell.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Andre Boucaud replaces Adam Watkins.

45:00 +1:21 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:04

Chris Stokes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

44:49

The ball is sent over by Keith Keane, clearance made by Eddie Oshodi.

43:28

Chris Stokes crosses the ball, save made by Mark Tyler.

42:01

Eddie Oshodi crosses the ball, Janos Kovacs manages to make a clearance.

41:43

Corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Aaron O'Connor.

41:23

The ball is delivered by Jamie Collins, blocked by Alex Lawless.

40:36

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Yan Klukowski from left wing, Janos Kovacs manages to make a clearance.

40:36 Booking

Booking Curtis Osano is given a yellow card.

40:17

Curtis Osano gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Stokes.

39:40

Adam Watkins produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

38:06

Aaron O'Connor produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

34:27

Keiron Forbes provided the assist for the goal.

34:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Yan Klukowski - Forest Grn 1 - 0 Luton Goal scored by Yan Klukowski from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Forest Green 1-0 Luton.

32:52

Keith Keane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matty Taylor. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Stokes, clearance made by George Pilkington.

32:16

Unfair challenge on Jamie Collins by Keith Keane results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

30:25

Yan Klukowski takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

30:20

Yan Klukowski sends in a cross, George Pilkington manages to make a clearance.

29:33

Yan Klukowski is caught offside. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

28:54

Alex Lawless delivers the ball, Unfair challenge on Chris Stokes by Aaron O'Connor results in a free kick. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

28:11

Keith Keane fouled by Jamie Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the direct free kick.

27:01

The ball is swung over by Yan Klukowski, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Osano by Matty Taylor. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

26:46

Stuart Fleetwood crosses the ball, save made by Sam Russell.

26:05

Alex Lawless concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Henderson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Stokes, Jake Howells manages to make a clearance.

24:55

Shot from close range by Matty Taylor misses to the right of the goal.

24:02

Curtis Osano crosses the ball, clearance by Jared Hodgkiss.

23:34

Aaron O'Connor crosses the ball, Eddie Oshodi gets a block in. The ball is delivered by Curtis Osano, Keiron Forbes manages to make a clearance.

22:38

James Norwood delivers the ball.

21:51

Jake Howells produces a cross, Sam Russell makes a save.

20:35

The ball is swung over by Chris Stokes.

20:24

Yan Klukowski decides to take the corner short.

20:18

The ball is crossed by James Norwood, blocked by Curtis Osano.

19:40

A cross is delivered by James Norwood, George Pilkington makes a clearance.

17:53

Matty Taylor is ruled offside. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

16:23

The ball is sent over by Jamie Turley, George Pilkington makes a clearance.

14:06

Corner taken by Robbie Willmott from the left by-line, clearance made by Jamie Turley.

13:42

Stuart Fleetwood takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

12:14

Keith Keane produces a cross, Chris Stokes makes a clearance.

11:35

Mark Tyler takes the direct free kick.

11:35 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Yan Klukowski for unsporting behaviour.

11:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Yan Klukowski on Mark Tyler.

11:13

Shot by Liam Henderson. Save made by Mark Tyler.

8:49

Matty Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by George Pilkington. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Yan Klukowski, Headed effort from inside the area by Jamie Collins misses to the left of the target.

7:25

The referee blows for offside. Sam Russell takes the indirect free kick.

7:11

Keith Keane crosses the ball, Keiron Forbes makes a clearance.

5:23

The ball is crossed by Jamie Collins, Adam Watkins manages to make a clearance.

3:49

Alex Lawless takes a shot. Jamie Turley gets a block in.

3:25

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Jamie Turley gets a block in.

1:42

Yan Klukowski has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

0:46

The ball is sent over by Stuart Fleetwood, save by Sam Russell.

0:05

Unfair challenge on Adam Watkins by Jamie Collins results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Robbie Willmott, Keiron Forbes manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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