Luton came from behind to earn a draw against promotion contenders Grimsby.

The Hatters almost took the lead after only three minutes, but Andre Gray's header was cleared off the line by defender Ian Miller.

It was Grimsby who broke the deadlock when Dayle Southwell prodded the ball in through a crowded box.

But Luton midfielder Alex Lawless was on hand to power home his fifth goal of the season after the visitors failed to clear Solomon Taiwo's cross.

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Grimsby Town joint-manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

Performance mattered most - Hurst

"It's not very often you'll hear us say it but I was more interested in the performance than the result tonight.

"We're looking at players and how they perform and getting them ready.

"There are going to be some places up for grabs when it comes to naming the team for the play-offs, and it gave us the chance to rest some players who probably needed it."

Match Stats

Shots

21 6

On target

10 3

Corners

17 6

Fouls

9 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:38 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:06

Corner taken right-footed by Alex Lawless to the near post, clearance by Bradley Wood.

90:00 +2:28

Inswinging corner taken by David Martin from the right by-line played to the near post.

88:32

Foul by Jonathan Smith on Lenell John-Lewis, free kick awarded. Ian Miller restarts play with the free kick.

87:58

Alex Lawless takes a shot. Blocked by Bradley Wood.

87:12

Corner taken by Alex Lawless from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ian Miller.

86:18

Shot from 12 yards by Alex Wall.

85:48

Alex Lawless takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Bradley Wood.

85:23

Andre Gray takes a shot. Save by James McKeown.

82:50

Effort from deep inside the area by Alex Lawless misses to the right of the target.

81:49

Effort on goal by Alex Wall from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

81:26

Inswinging corner taken by Alex Lawless.

79:54

Header by Andre Gray from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

79:45

A cross is delivered by David Martin.

79:24

Alex Lawless delivers the ball, save by James McKeown.

77:42

Alex Wall takes a shot. Save by James McKeown.

75:41

Alex Wall provided the assist for the goal.

75:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Lawless - Luton 1 - 1 Grimsby Alex Lawless scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Luton 1-1 Grimsby.

72:15

Andi Thanoj takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Jonathan Smith manages to make a clearance.

71:30

Scott Griffiths produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

69:40

Alex Lawless takes a shot. Save made by James McKeown.

68:34

David Martin takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Effort from deep inside the area by Scott Griffiths misses to the left of the target.

67:34 Substitution

Substitution Derek Niven on for Cleveland Taylor.

67:06 Substitution

Substitution (Grimsby) makes a substitution, with Sam Hatton coming on for Aswad Thomas.

66:44 Substitution

Substitution Jon Shaw goes off and Alex Wall comes on.

66:23

Liam Hearn produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

66:07

Cleveland Taylor crosses the ball.

64:35

Direct free kick taken by Bradley Wood.

64:35 Booking

Booking Booking for Matt Robinson for unsporting behaviour.

64:26

Matt Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dayle Southwell.

62:46

Floated corner taken by David Martin from the right by-line, save by James McKeown.

62:02

Alex Lawless takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

58:49

Steve McNulty restarts play with the free kick.

58:49 Booking

Booking Cleveland Taylor receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

58:43

Foul by Cleveland Taylor on Alex Lawless, free kick awarded.

57:23

Corner from the left by-line taken by Alex Lawless, clearance by Aswad Thomas.

55:29

Bradley Wood challenges David Martin unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is swung over by Alex Lawless, Header from close in by Scott Griffiths misses to the right of the goal.

53:53

Simon Ford provided the assist for the goal.

53:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Dayle Southwell - Luton 0 - 1 Grimsby Goal scored by Dayle Southwell from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Luton 0-1 Grimsby.

53:12

Foul by Solomon Taiwo on Andi Thanoj, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Frankie Artus.

51:25

Corner taken by Frankie Artus, clearance made by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.

51:00

Andi Thanoj takes a shot.

49:41

David Martin has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.

49:21

The ball is swung over by Aswad Thomas, Dean Brill makes a save.

47:38

Lenell John-Lewis sends in a cross.

46:52

Effort on goal by Dayle Southwell from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

45:26

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alex Lawless from the left by-line, Ian Miller manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:28

Lenell John-Lewis has an effort at goal. Save by Dean Brill.

43:16

Simon Ford concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Brill. Dean Brill takes the free kick.

42:56

Inswinging corner taken by Andi Thanoj from the left by-line, Dean Brill makes a save.

42:34

Andi Thanoj takes a shot. Fantastic save by Dean Brill.

40:08

Jonathan Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Cleveland Taylor. Free kick taken by James McKeown.

38:49

The ball is swung over by Andre Gray, clearance made by Simon Ford.

35:01

Corner taken right-footed by Alex Lawless from the left by-line, save by James McKeown.

33:53

The ball is swung over by David Martin, Shot by Jon Shaw from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

32:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andi Thanoj by David Martin. Bradley Wood restarts play with the free kick.

32:36

Jon Shaw sends in a cross.

31:24

Alex Lawless concedes a free kick for a foul on Andi Thanoj. James McKeown takes the free kick.

30:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Brill by Lenell John-Lewis. Dean Brill takes the direct free kick.

27:48

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

25:10

Alex Lawless has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

24:37

Alex Lawless takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Frankie Artus makes a clearance.

22:22

Jon Shaw takes a shot. Save by James McKeown.

22:02

Andre Gray takes a shot. Bradley Wood gets a block in.

20:45

The official flags Andre Gray offside. James McKeown takes the indirect free kick.

20:14

Aswad Thomas sends in a cross.

19:03

Free kick taken by Bradley Wood.

19:03 Booking

Booking Booking for Solomon Taiwo for unsporting behaviour.

18:51

Andi Thanoj fouled by Solomon Taiwo, the ref awards a free kick.

16:40

Frankie Artus takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.

16:31

Aswad Thomas crosses the ball.

15:30

Frankie Artus takes the inswinging corner, Jonathan Smith makes a clearance.

13:41

Aswad Thomas challenges Andre Gray unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Martin delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, James McKeown makes a save.

12:56

Matt Robinson crosses the ball, save made by James McKeown.

11:12

Unfair challenge on Dean Brill by Ian Miller results in a free kick. Dean Brill takes the direct free kick.

10:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Gray on Bradley Wood. Frankie Artus delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save made by Dean Brill.

9:34

Foul by Steve McNulty on Liam Hearn, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Frankie Artus, clearance made by Steve McNulty.

8:27

Alex Lawless takes a shot. James McKeown makes a save.

8:15

The ball is crossed by David Martin.

7:19

Shot by Jon Shaw from outside the box goes over the target.

6:23

Corner taken by Alex Lawless played to the near post.

2:17

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alex Lawless from the left by-line, Andre Gray takes a shot. Clearance made by Ian Miller. Inswinging corner taken by Alex Lawless. Corner taken by David Martin. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Alex Lawless.

1:50

The ball is sent over by David Martin, Bradley Wood manages to make a clearance.

1:18

Frankie Artus takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Alex Lawless.

0:35

Jonathan Smith takes a shot. Save by James McKeown.

0:22

The ball is delivered by David Martin.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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