Non-league Luton Town secured a place in the FA Cup fourth round with a shock win against Championship side Wolves.

Alex Lawless was the home team's hero, while Wolves then sacked manager Stale Solbakken hours after the match.

Wolves were punished when defender Kevin Foley messed up a clearance, allowing Jon Shaw to head down for Lawless to volley home on 46 minutes.

Four-time winners Wolves created little in response as the Hatters deservedly ran out as surprise winners.

Despite the 59 league places between the teams, Blue Square Bet Premier play-off hopefuls Luton always looked comfortable against a Wolves outfit with only three wins in 17 outings.

Happy Hatters

  • The Hatters progressed to the fourth round for the first time since 2007
  • Luton reached the FA Cup final in 1959 when they lost 2-1 against Nottingham Forest
  • Wolves last won the FA Cup in 1960 when they beat Blackburn 3-0 at Wembley

Luton started positively by pressing at every opportunity and JJ O'Donnell fired over from 18 yards before Kevin Doyle shot wide at the other end.

The home side had a great chance to take the lead when Wolverhampton-born Andre Gray - released by the Black Country club as a teenager - raced clear only to have his shot saved by Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme.

Wolves improved towards half time with Anthony Forde firing over and Luton keeper Mark Tyler twice denied Bakary Sako in quick succession.

Town's Jon Shaw flashed a chance across goal and won a throw-in at the start of the second half from which Luton scored their decisive winner.

Wolves defender Foley failed to clear and Shaw headed down for Lawless to volley into the bottom corner.

Luton remained on top and O'Donnell drilled over before Wolves's Christophe Berra headed against the top of the bar.

O'Donnell was carried off on a stretcher after receiving lengthy treatment following a kick to the head by substitute Slawomir Peszko.

And despite nine minutes of injury time, during which Tyler tipped over from Jamie O'Hara, the Hatters held firm for a famous Cup win, which proved to be the final straw for Solbakken.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Luton

  • 01 Tyler Booked
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 03 Taylor
  • 06 Kovacs
  • 25 Henry
  • 07 Lawless
  • 14 Mendy
  • 17 O'Donnell (Fleetwood - 77' )
  • 24 Smith
  • 09 Shaw
  • 27 Gray (Rendell - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Brill
  • 16 Lacey
  • 23 Robinson
  • 10 Rendell
  • 13 Fleetwood
  • 28 Woolley
  • 29 Walker

Wolverhampton

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 11 Ward
  • 14 Johnson
  • 16 Berra
  • 32 Foley (Davis - 75' )
  • 08 Henry
  • 10 Sako
  • 24 O'Hara
  • 27 Forde (Peszko - 67' Booked )
  • 09 Ebanks-Blake Booked
  • 29 Doyle (Cassidy - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 31 De Vries
  • 05 Stearman
  • 34 Margreitter
  • 07 Peszko
  • 20 Pennant
  • 26 Davis
  • 35 Cassidy
Ref: Geoff Eltrigham
Att: 9,638

Match Stats

Shots

8 7

On target

4 3

Corners

2 8

Fouls

10 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +9:19 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +8:39

The ball is crossed by David Davis, save by Mark Tyler.

90:00 +7:00 Booking

Booking Mark Tyler receives a yellow card for time wasting.

90:00 +5:18

Bakary Sako sends in a cross.

90:00 +4:56

Stuart Fleetwood handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:43

Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Save by Mark Tyler. Bakary Sako takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Janos Kovacs.

90:00 +3:22

A cross is delivered by Jamie O'Hara.

89:55 Substitution

Substitution Scott Rendell replaces Andre Gray.

88:55

The ball is crossed by David Davis, save by Mark Tyler.

88:28

Stuart Fleetwood takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.

87:39

Carl Ikeme takes the direct free kick.

87:39 Booking

Booking Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is cautioned.

87:17

Foul by Alex Lawless on Slawomir Peszko, free kick awarded.

85:57

Bakary Sako takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Greg Taylor.

84:24

The ball is swung over by Jamie O'Hara.

82:47

Unfair challenge on Janos Kovacs by Jake Cassidy results in a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the direct free kick.

82:22

Stephen Ward crosses the ball, Ronnie Henry gets a block in.

81:37

Jamie O'Hara produces a cross, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner manages to make a clearance.

79:45

Bakary Sako takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.

78:10

Stuart Fleetwood sends in a cross, save made by Carl Ikeme.

77:40

Shot by Andre Gray from a long way out goes over the net.

70:47

Free kick taken by Alex Lawless.

70:47 Substitution

Substitution (Luton) makes a substitution, with Stuart Fleetwood coming on for JJ O'Donnell.

70:47 Substitution

Substitution David Davis on for Kevin Foley.

70:47 Booking

Booking The referee shows Slawomir Peszko a yellow card.

70:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on JJ O'Donnell by Slawomir Peszko.

68:52

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner fouled by Jake Cassidy, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the direct free kick.

67:49

Foul by Arnaud Mendy on Jamie O'Hara, free kick awarded. Stephen Ward restarts play with the free kick.

67:12 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Doyle goes off and Jake Cassidy comes on.

66:37 Substitution

Substitution Slawomir Peszko comes on in place of Anthony Forde.

65:43

The ball is crossed by Bakary Sako.

64:50

Karl Henry crosses the ball.

63:33

Foul by Andre Gray on Christophe Berra, free kick awarded. Christophe Berra takes the direct free kick.

62:59

The ball is sent over by Stephen Ward, Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save made by Mark Tyler.

57:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Forde on Jonathan Smith. Free kick taken by Greg Taylor.

55:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Forde by Jonathan Smith. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.

55:17

The ball is delivered by Bakary Sako, save by Mark Tyler.

52:39

Christophe Berra takes a shot.

52:28

Bakary Sako crosses the ball.

52:09

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Doyle. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.

50:29

Greg Taylor takes a shot. Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

49:52

Corner taken right-footed by Alex Lawless from the right by-line, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

48:32

Effort on goal by JJ O'Donnell from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

48:07

The ball is crossed by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Greg Taylor makes a clearance.

45:45

The assist for the goal came from Jon Shaw.

45:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Lawless - Luton 1 - 0 Wolves Alex Lawless scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Luton 1-0 Wolverhampton.

45:20

Jon Shaw crosses the ball, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:18

Foul by JJ O'Donnell on Kevin Foley, free kick awarded. Kevin Foley takes the free kick.

44:08

Bakary Sako takes a shot. Save by Mark Tyler.

43:05

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bakary Sako, Greg Taylor manages to make a clearance.

42:08

Corner taken by Bakary Sako from the right by-line to the near post, Mark Tyler makes a save.

41:59

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake delivers the ball, clearance by Greg Taylor.

38:48

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Bakary Sako played to the near post, Roger Johnson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

37:47

Corner taken left-footed by Bakary Sako, save by Mark Tyler.

36:37

Anthony Forde sends in a cross, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner makes a clearance. Bakary Sako takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Greg Taylor.

34:46

Anthony Forde fouled by Jonathan Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.

32:09

Andre Gray sends in a cross.

29:11

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. Stephen Ward takes the direct free kick.

27:34

Bakary Sako delivers the ball, save by Mark Tyler.

25:55

Roger Johnson fouled by Jon Shaw, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.

24:27

Shot from deep inside the area by Andre Gray clears the crossbar.

23:43

Shot from just outside the box by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake misses to the right of the target.

23:01

The ball is crossed by Bakary Sako, Alex Lawless gets a block in.

22:37

Kevin Doyle crosses the ball, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner makes a clearance.

21:48

Foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on Jonathan Smith, free kick awarded. Alex Lawless takes the free kick.

21:21

Andre Gray takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.

20:39

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andre Gray. Roger Johnson takes the free kick.

17:43

Jamie O'Hara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Lawless. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ronnie Henry from right channel, Kevin Foley manages to make a clearance.

15:25

Andre Gray is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Christophe Berra.

13:34

The ball is swung over by Janos Kovacs.

10:07

Andre Gray is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Christophe Berra.

9:07

The ball is sent over by Greg Taylor. The referee blows for offside against Alex Lawless. Free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.

8:13

JJ O'Donnell takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

5:45

Kevin Doyle has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

5:09

JJ O'Donnell takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

3:04

The ball is crossed by Anthony Forde.

2:47

Stephen Ward delivers the ball.

2:01

Jonathan Smith challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Karl Henry restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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