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Carabao Cup: Cardiff City 0-3 Luton Town

Luton celebrate Alan Sheehan's goal at Cardiff
Luton celebrate Alan Sheehan's goal at Cardiff

Luton Town reached the third round of the Carabao Cup for the first time in 12 years with a comfortable victory at Cardiff City.

Junior Hoilett's first-half own goal put the Hatters on their way, while Alan Sheehan and Jake Jervis struck after the break to give Luton some revenge for their Championship defeat on this ground 17 days ago.

The game was watched by 4,111 fans, the lowest crowd for a Cardiff fixture since they moved to Cardiff City Stadium a decade ago.

Cardiff were League Cup finalists in 2012, but have now lost five of their past six ties in the competition.

Both managers used the game as a chance to rotate their squads, with Cardiff boss Neil Warnock making nine changes compared to Graeme Jones' 10.

Fresh from their first Championship win of the season at Barnsley last weekend, Luton played the more fluent football.

Yet for all the visitors' possession, Cardiff created more first-half chances.

Omar Bogle had two efforts saved while former Luton striker Isaac Vassell should have done better when he shot tamely at James Shea.

Izzy Brown's drive was beaten away by Joe Day before Luton went ahead after 43 minutes.

Elliot Lee's fine pass sent James Bree into space on the right and his pull-back was turned into the net by Hoilett.

Skipper Sheehan made it 2-0 with a brilliant curling set-piece before Jervis broke clear to add a third.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock: "I always thought the first goal would be vital with the way we play.

"We had six or seven good opportunities, but couldn't take any of them and they got the deflected goal. They could keep the ball and slow it down after that. We have got to be more clinical.

"Things come thick and fast so we move on to Fulham now. The lads are looking forward to that game. We'll have a good crowd in and the lads are really up for it."

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones: "We played really well - we have earned the result and I liked the manner in which we did that.

"I am delighted to get the first clean sheet. The centre-halves took pride in not conceding - we did as a group.

"I see tonight as another step in our progress. We have had a run of good performances and we are picking up results.

"It's nice to be in that position where we have got healthy competition for places."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 25Day
  • 32Coxe
  • 5Flint
  • 16Nelson
  • 30Brown
  • 20WhyteSubstituted forWaiteat 71'minutes
  • 13Paterson
  • 6VaulksBooked at 85mins
  • 33Hoilett
  • 10VassellSubstituted forMooreat 45'minutes
  • 27BogleSubstituted forMadineat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 24Madine
  • 28Murphy
  • 34Waite
  • 35Moore
  • 36Kouakou D'Almeida
  • 37Bodenham

Luton

  • 36Shea
  • 26BreeSubstituted forBoltonat 45'minutes
  • 28Jones
  • 44Sheehan
  • 23Galloway
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 8Berry
  • 20Moncur
  • 24Brown
  • 15JervisSubstituted forMcManamanat 81'minutes
  • 10Lee

Substitutes

  • 1Stech
  • 3Potts
  • 7McManaman
  • 11Shinnie
  • 22Bolton
  • 29Butterfield
  • 35Neufville
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
4,111

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Luton Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Luton Town 3.

Attempt missed. Curtis Nelson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Luke Berry.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

Attempt blocked. Shamar Moore (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Coxe.

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

Foul by Callum Paterson (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Coxe with a cross.

Booking

Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Will Vaulks (Cardiff City).

Elliot Lee (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Curtis Nelson (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Callum McManaman replaces Jake Jervis.

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

Foul by Will Vaulks (Cardiff City).

Attempt saved. Aden Flint (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Brendan Galloway (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. James Waite replaces Gavin Whyte.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Luton Town 3. Jake Jervis (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Berry with a through ball.

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

Foul by Shamar Moore (Cardiff City).

George Moncur (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

Attempt blocked. Gary Madine (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Paterson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Gary Madine replaces Omar Bogle.

Delay in match because of an injury Lloyd Jones (Luton Town).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Lloyd Jones.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Luton Town 2. Alan Sheehan (Luton Town) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Isaiah Brown (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aden Flint (Cardiff City).

George Moncur (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Luke Bolton.

Isaiah Brown (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Cardiff City).

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