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Luton Town 2-1 Huddersfield Town: Luton secure back-to-back league wins

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Tempers threatened to boil over in the second half as Huddersfield's frustrations continued

Luton came from behind to claim their second consecutive league win with victory over struggling Huddersfield Town.

Karlan Grant turned home Terence Kongolo's cross at the back post to put Huddersfield ahead just after half-time as the visitors sought their first win of the season.

Luton were level 10 minutes later when James Collins was brought down by Christopher Schindler and he stepped up to confidently convert the resultant penalty.

Andrew Shinnie grabbed the winner in the 66th-minute with a curled left-footed finish into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Luton move up to 15th place in the Championship while Huddersfield - relegated from the Premier League last season - have taken just one point form their opening six league games and are only kept off the bottom by Stoke City's poorer goal difference.

After a quiet start to the match, Luton began to cause problems from short corners, creating opportunities for Jacob Butterfield, whose driven effort from just inside the penalty area was blocked by Jaden Brown, and Shinnie, who curled an effort over from 18 yards.

Harry Cornick then won possession in Huddersfield's half and drove into the area before drawing a good save from Kamil Grabara in the Terriers' goal.

Huddersfield's best first-half chance fell to Karlan Grant, who fired wide from close range under pressure from Ryan Tunnicliffe after Adama Diakhaby had beaten two Luton defenders cut the ball back.

Frazier Campbell, who joined Huddersfield on a free transfer earlier in the month, also came close to breaking the deadlock, but could not quite get on the end of Diakhaby's dangerous ball into the area.

After Collins had cancelled out Grant's opener midway through the second half, Shinnie took centre stage to continue Luton's recent momentum.

Having found his range with a 20-yard effort that flew narrowly wide moments earlier, the midfielder took aim from similar distance and found the bottom corner to spark delight among the home supporters.

Grant headed just over from Trevoh Chalobah's cross as the Terriers looked for a way back into the game, before Simon Sluga saved from Steve Mounie in a one-on-one situation with some Huddersfield players still appealing for a penalty after Elias Kachunga had gone down in the area.

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"If you look around world football, three wins in seven days doesn't happen very often, especially at this level. A home win was the last psychological barrier.

"The most important thing for me is that we played in three completely different styles in all three games. I said when I arrived at the club we would have to be adaptable.

"They didn't give us the freedom we had last week. After going 1-0 down, everyone's response was first class. The commitment is never in doubt. We're at this level on merit, and competing in every game."

Huddersfield Town caretaker manager Mark Hudson:

"There are decisions that I totally disagree with but there's no point talking about them or the good bits we saw.

"The ref stopped play for a first-half head injury and then he doesn't for their goal, but we cannot just stop - we have to play to the whistle.

"Some of our leaders weren't strong enough and until that changes, we won't win games. We've got to be stronger. You have to show character."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 12Sluga
  • 22Bolton
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 26Bree
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 11Shinnie
  • 29ButterfieldSubstituted forBrownat 52'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 19CollinsBooked at 88mins
  • 25LuaLuaSubstituted forJonesat 90+3'minutes
  • 14CornickSubstituted forMpanzuat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Lee
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 20Moncur
  • 23Galloway
  • 24Brown
  • 28Jones
  • 36Shea

Huddersfield

  • 1Grabara
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 26Schindler
  • 5Kongolo
  • 28Brown
  • 6HoggSubstituted forMounieat 77'minutes
  • 8ChalobahBooked at 82mins
  • 11DiakhabyBooked at 88mins
  • 16Grant
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forKachungaat 63'minutes
  • 22CampbellSubstituted forPritchardat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Elphick
  • 7Bacuna
  • 9Kachunga
  • 21Pritchard
  • 24Mounie
  • 31Schofield
  • 39O'Brien
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
10,062

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home18
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Lloyd Jones replaces Kazenga LuaLua.

Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaiah Brown (Luton Town).

Attempt missed. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Adama Diakhaby with a cross.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Andrew Shinnie.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

James Collins (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Adama Diakhaby (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Jaden Brown (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu replaces Harry Cornick.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

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

Attempt blocked. Adama Diakhaby (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Terence Kongolo with a headed pass.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Booking

Isaiah Brown (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Offside, Luton Town. Sonny Bradley tries a through ball, but Harry Cornick is caught offside.

Booking

Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town).

Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

Attempt saved. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elias Kachunga.

Attempt missed. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Pritchard with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Steve Mounie replaces Jonathan Hogg.

Foul by Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town).

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

Hand ball by Jaden Brown (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Trevoh Chalobah.

Adama Diakhaby (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Bolton (Luton Town).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

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