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Luton Town 3-1 Doncaster Rovers

Luton battled back from a goal down to beat Doncaster 3-1 in a thrilling game at Kenilworth Road.

The visitors missed a glorious chance early on, with John Marquis heading wide from two yards out, while Andy Williams nodded against the top of the bar moments later.

Rovers had the ball in the net on five minutes, but Marquis was flagged offside moments before beating Christian Walton, while Joe Wright sent a header wide from a corner.

Doncaster went ahead after 21 minutes when James Coppinger slammed home his fifth of the season from close range, while Town captain Scott Cuthbert was stretchered off in the aftermath after a nasty head injury.

However, Luton then came storming back into the contest and were level on 36 minutes when Olly Lee's wonderful fizzing cross was powered home at the back post by Cameron McGeehan.

The game changed four minutes before the break when Danny Hylton's wonderful backheel sent Jack Marriott away and he slotted under Doncaster goalkeeper Marko Marosi to give Luton a lead they had scarcely deserved.

After the break, McGeehan went close to making it 3-1 when his shot deflected over, while Tommy Rowe's tame free-kick was easy for Walton.

Marriott almost had a second, his shot bouncing into the grateful gloves of Marosi, before Luton made sure of the three points with 81 minutes gone as Pelly Ruddock was felled in the area by Wright, and McGeehan fired the spot-kick into the roof of the net.

The Hatters were reduced to 10 men in the closing seconds as Hylton picked up his second booking, before Walton saved superbly from Marquis as Luton ran out winners.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Luton

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Walton
  • 36Justin
  • 6CuthbertSubstituted forSheehanat 29'minutes
  • 5Mullins
  • 3PottsBooked at 90mins
  • 19Lee
  • 8McGeehanSubstituted forGillieadat 89'minutes
  • 17Ruddock
  • 10CookSubstituted forGrayat 38'minutes
  • 14Marriott
  • 9HyltonBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2O'Donnell
  • 4Smith
  • 7Gray
  • 15Gilliead
  • 20Vassell
  • 31King
  • 44Sheehan

Doncaster

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 13Marosi
  • 25RichardsonSubstituted forBaudryat 64'minutes
  • 15WrightBooked at 80mins
  • 6Butler
  • 27EvinaBooked at 61minsSubstituted forCalderat 65'minutes
  • 16Houghton
  • 17Blair
  • 10RoweSubstituted forMiddletonat 77'minutes
  • 26Coppinger
  • 11Williams
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 3Garrett
  • 5Baudry
  • 8Calder
  • 14Middleton
  • 19Mandeville
  • 23Beestin
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
7,917

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 3, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Dan Potts.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by James Justin.

  5. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Danny Hylton (Luton Town).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town).

  8. Booking

    Dan Potts (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Alex Gilliead replaces Cameron McGeehan.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Joe Wright.

  11. Post update

    Dan Potts (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Luton Town 3, Doncaster Rovers 1. Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  16. Booking

    Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Penalty Luton Town. Pelly Ruddock draws a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alan Sheehan (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Jack Marriott (Luton Town) because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth9612117419
2Portsmouth9522167917
3Luton95131810816
4Doncaster95131811716
5Crewe9441139416
6Carlisle9360129315
7Morecambe95041416-215
8Colchester94231513214
9Notts County94231514114
10Accrington94231312114
11Crawley94231112-114
12Grimsby94141614213
13Mansfield933378-112
14Leyton Orient93241212011
15Hartlepool92521317-411
16Blackpool92431210210
17Barnet8242810-210
18Stevenage93151417-310
19Yeovil93151014-410
20Exeter9306813-59
21Wycombe9225714-78
22Cheltenham91441114-37
23Newport81341014-46
24Cambridge9135714-76
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