National League
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Luton Town 4-2 Gateshead

Alex Lawless

In-form Luton strolled to their seventh straight Conference Premier home win with a dominant victory over Gateshead.

Paul Benson nodded in Alex Lawless's cross to put the Hatters ahead before Lawless doubled the advantage with a left-foot finish from a tight angle.

Andre Gray fired in his 13th goal of the season on the half-hour and Lawless added a fourth after the ball was parried by Adam Bartlett.

John Oster and Liam Hatch pulled two late goals back but Luton held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Luton boss John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I'm really pleased with our performance. We conceded a couple in the second half; one I disappointed with, one I wasn't. But I'm delighted with the performance, and obviously delighted to win.

"The power of our play is fantastic at the moment, and I think it can grow as well. Looking at today, obviously I've got to be delighted.

"With Alex, with Paul and Andre; we have people that can score. Luke Gutteridge can score. And even not playing, we believe very strongly in Alex Wall and Mark Cullen, we've got lots of goals within the football club.

"We're never going to play at that tempo for 90 minutes, it's not possible. But you hope you can play it long enough to win the game. And obviously, in front at half time, we've got to be awful in the second half to not win it."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 12Griffiths
  • 19Davis
  • 25HenryBooked at 68mins
  • 5McNulty
  • 15Ruddock
  • 21GuttridgeSubstituted forRobinsonat 78'minutes
  • 4Smith
  • 7Lawless
  • 26Benson
  • 27GrayBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 16Justham
  • 11Howells
  • 13Cullen
  • 24Mawson
  • 23Robinson

Gateshead

  • 1Bartlett
  • 16Baxter
  • 5Curtis
  • 2Magnay
  • 22SirrellBooked at 45mins
  • 8TurnbullBooked at 36mins
  • 29Oster
  • 17WalkerSubstituted forCumminsat 77'minutes
  • 12BoyesSubstituted forMaddisonat 66'minutes
  • 9HatchBooked at 90mins
  • 7LarkinSubstituted forRamshawat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 21Ramshaw
  • 25Maddison
  • 11Cummins
  • 4Chandler
  • 13Baird
Referee:
Daniel Cook
Attendance:
6,913

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamGateshead
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home20
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 4, Gateshead 2.

  2. Booking

    Liam Hatch (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Liam Hatch (Gateshead).

  4. Post update

    Steve McNulty (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

  5. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 4, Gateshead 2.

  6. Booking

    Andre Gray (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Andre Gray (Luton Town).

  8. Post update

    Lewis Sirrell (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Maddison (Gateshead).

  10. Post update

    Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Foul by James Curtis (Gateshead).

  12. Post update

    Paul Benson (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Sirrell (Gateshead).

  14. Post update

    Andre Gray (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Benson (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

  18. Post update

    Adam Bartlett (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Luton Town 4, Gateshead 2. Liam Hatch (Gateshead) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Phillip Turnbull with a cross.