League One
Luton1Bristol Rovers0

Luton Town 1-0 Bristol Rovers

Midfielder Andrew Shinnie's first goal of the season was enough for Luton to beat Bristol Rovers at Kenilworth Road.

Shinnie struck just after the hour mark to hand struggling Rovers a fifth defeat in eight League One games this season.

The hosts had a good chance early on, Matty Pearson heading Jorge Grant's corner over, while Grant's close-range header was well saved by Jack Bonham in the Rovers goal.

Luton's Jack Stacey had an effort disallowed before Bonham denied Elliot Lee and Grant ballooned the rebound well over.

The visiting goalkeeper also saved impressively from Pelly Ruddock on two occasions while Glen Rea went close with a curling effort.

After the break Rovers sub Tom Nichols sent a header off target, before Luton finally found the breakthrough.

A free-kick was only half-cleared as far as Shinnie, who rifled an effort low beyond Bonham.

Lee tested Bonham twice more, the second one producing a fine save by the Rovers keeper.

Town's win was soured in the final 10 minutes by what looked to be a serious leg injury to on-loan Leeds midfielder Eunan O'Kane, while Shinnie was denied by Bonham in added time as he looked to seal the win with a second.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Luton

  • 36Shea
  • 7Stacey
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 3Potts
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 16Rea
  • 11ShinnieBooked at 50minsSubstituted forSheehanat 90+7'minutes
  • 18GrantSubstituted forO'Kaneat 75'minutesSubstituted forJustinat 88'minutes
  • 10Lee
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 2Justin
  • 4McCormack
  • 14Cornick
  • 27Jarvis
  • 32O'Kane
  • 40Isted
  • 44Sheehan

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 15J ClarkeBooked at 14mins
  • 5Craig
  • 4Lockyer
  • 29Martin
  • 26MatthewsSubstituted forNicholsat 28'minutes
  • 6Upson
  • 8O Clarke
  • 14Lines
  • 23BennettSubstituted forJakubiakat 73'minutes
  • 9PayneSubstituted forReillyat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 10Nichols
  • 16Broadbent
  • 17Jakubiak
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Smith
  • 24Sinclair
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
8,912

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home18
Away3
Shots on Target
Home10
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

Attempt saved. James Collins (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

James Collins (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Alan Sheehan replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

Attempt saved. Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Joe Martin.

Matty Pearson (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

James Justin (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. James Justin replaces Eunan O'Kane because of an injury.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

Attempt missed. Matty Pearson (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Eunan O'Kane replaces Jorge Grant.

Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Jakubiak replaces Kyle Bennett.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jack Bonham.

Attempt saved. Elliot Lee (Luton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers).

Glen Rea (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Luton Town).

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

Glen Rea (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Elliot Lee (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 1, Bristol Rovers 0. Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth86201551020
2Peterborough86112091119
3Barnsley84311551015
4Sunderland8431158715
5Doncaster8431136715
6Walsall84311210215
7Charlton8422118314
8Fleetwood8341136713
9Blackpool834185313
10Accrington82511010011
11Luton83231010011
12Coventry832367-111
13Rochdale83231316-311
14Burton83141011-110
15Scunthorpe82421218-610
16Wimbledon8224611-58
17Shrewsbury814378-17
18Southend8215913-47
19Wycombe8143711-47
20Gillingham8215914-57
21Bradford8206613-76
22Bristol Rovers8125610-45
23Oxford Utd8125817-95
24Plymouth8035414-103
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