League One
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Luton Town 2-0 Rochdale

Strikers Danny Hylton and James Collins scored the goals as League One leaders Luton Town saw off struggling Rochdale, who finished with 10 men.

The hosts went close early on, Hylton sending Pelly Ruddock's cross over the bar while Collins forced keeper Andy Lonergan into a smart parry five minutes before half-time.

Lonergan made an excellent stop to deny Ruddock after the break, while full-back Jack Stacey raced clear from halfway before Joe Bunney got back to make a terrific goal-saving block.

Hatters had the lead in the 59th minute when Elliot Lee's header from Stacey's cross hit the bar and Hylton nodded home the rebound.

Town almost had an instant second, Collins' downward header clawed out by Lonergan, while Rochdale's best moment saw substitute Zach Clough shoot straight at James Shea from range.

Lee's daisy-cutter was tipped behind by Lonergan, with Dale then reduced to 10 men with five minutes to go when Ethan Hamilton was sent off for his second yellow card.

Town made them pay in stoppage time as Collins slammed Kazenga LuaLua's pinpoint pass into the net for his 20th of the campaign.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Luton

  • 36Shea
  • 7Stacey
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 2Justin
  • 4McCormack
  • 11ShinnieBooked at 65mins
  • 17MpanzuBooked at 24minsSubstituted forPottsat 75'minutes
  • 10LeeSubstituted forLuaLuaat 81'minutes
  • 19Collins
  • 9HyltonSubstituted forBerryat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Potts
  • 8Berry
  • 20Moncur
  • 23Cummings
  • 25LuaLua
  • 40Isted
  • 44Sheehan

Rochdale

  • 24LonerganBooked at 45mins
  • 8WilliamsBooked at 70mins
  • 4McNulty
  • 5Delaney
  • 19Inman
  • 7Dooley
  • 10Camps
  • 27HamiltonBooked at 85mins
  • 39BunneySubstituted forWilliamsat 63'minutes
  • 40HendersonSubstituted forCloughat 71'minutes
  • 16DoneSubstituted forAndrewat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Andrew
  • 11Williams
  • 23Holden
  • 25Adshead
  • 26Clough
  • 31Wade
  • 41Matheson
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
9,905

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home19
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 2, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 2, Rochdale 0.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Ryan Delaney.

Delay in match Callum Camps (Rochdale) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Jordan Williams (Rochdale).

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 2, Rochdale 0. James Collins (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Kazenga LuaLua.

Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Dooley (Rochdale).

Luke Berry (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by M.J. Williams (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Berry replaces Danny Hylton.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Bradden Inman.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale) for a bad foul.

Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale).

Foul by Dan Potts (Luton Town).

Bradden Inman (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Kazenga LuaLua replaces Elliot Lee.

Danny Hylton (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Delaney (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Matty Pearson (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

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

Attempt saved. Zach Clough (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

M.J. Williams (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Hylton (Luton Town).

Sonny Bradley (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. James Collins (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Dan Potts replaces Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by M.J. Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Zach Clough replaces Ian Henderson.

Booking

M.J. Williams (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Elliot Lee (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by M.J. Williams (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Elliot Lee (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Alan McCormack (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Booking

Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton35229469294075
2Barnsley352010562283470
3Sunderland341814261322968
4Portsmouth351811660372365
5Charlton35179951351660
6Doncaster341510960431755
7Peterborough351510105648855
8Coventry35148133838050
9Fleetwood351310124637949
10Blackpool341212103433148
11Burton351111134241144
12Wycombe351110144452-843
13Southend35125184448-441
14Accrington331011123444-1041
15Plymouth35118164556-1141
16Scunthorpe35118164260-1841
17Shrewsbury35913133845-740
18Gillingham35117174658-1240
19Oxford Utd35912144353-1039
20Walsall35109163755-1839
21Bristol Rovers34910153537-237
22Rochdale3597194274-3234
23Bradford3596203960-2133
24Wimbledon3586212853-2530
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