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Derby County 2-0 Luton Town: Tom Lawrence scores in his first home match since drink driving charge

Tom Lawrence
Lawrence is due to appear in court on 15 October

Tom Lawrence scored in his first appearance at Pride Park since being charged with drink driving as Derby beat Luton in the Championship.

Lawrence was fined six weeks' wages and issued an apology for his part in last month's incident before the game.

The Welsh winger sealed the points for his side with a cross-cum-shot that flew past Luton Town goalkeeper Simon Sluga in the 70th minute.

Lawrence's goal capped a miserable afternoon for Hatters goalkeeper Sluga, who had previously taken his eye off Matty Pearson's 11th-minute back pass to gift Derby the lead.

The own goal was a major setback for the Hatters, but James Collins fired over from inside the six-yard box after being picked out with a low cross by James Bree as they missed a glorious chance to equalise in the 19th minute.

Thereafter Luton struggled to create clear openings, although Ryan Tunnicliffe fired narrowly over just before the hour mark.

Derby offered more of a threat, with Lawrence shooting inches wide at the end of a good Derby move just minutes before his fortuitous goal.

With victory secured, Rams' manager Philip Cocu was able to bring on Andre Wisdom as an 89th-minute substitute- the defender's first appearance since April following injury.

Derby's win, which was only their second in 10 league games, leaves them 13th in the table, with Luton - who are one of only two Championship teams yet to keep a clean sheet this season back in 18th.

Derby County boss Phillip Cocu told BBC Radio Derby:

"To get the win was really important for us. The late equaliser at Barnsley was a big blow after the way we played at Birmingham City.

"To get one now gives a good streak and it was a great team effort. It's something we talked about a lot.

"We have to do it together and I'm glad Tom got his goal today. It helps."

Luton Town boss Graeme Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"The game was a 1-1 or 0-0 game. There's very little difference in shots on or off target.

"We were beaten because of two goalkeeping errors which are basics of the game.

"I've given him my opinion at the end of the game because we've got 13 other boys who give their heart and soul, were mentally and physically really consistent having played three games in seven days."

Line-ups

Derby

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Roos
  • 37Bogle
  • 33Davies
  • 16Clarke
  • 46Malone
  • 4ShinnieBooked at 76mins
  • 5BielikSubstituted forWisdomat 89'minutes
  • 11Jozefzoon
  • 10Lawrence
  • 7PatersonSubstituted forHolmesat 84'minutes
  • 19MartinSubstituted forWaghornat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wisdom
  • 8Dowell
  • 9Waghorn
  • 12Hamer
  • 23Holmes
  • 25Lowe
  • 38Knight

Luton

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 12Sluga
  • 26Bree
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 3Potts
  • 11ShinnieSubstituted forBoltonat 81'minutes
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 7McManamanSubstituted forBrownat 63'minutes
  • 19Collins
  • 14CornickSubstituted forLuaLuaat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Lee
  • 22Bolton
  • 24Brown
  • 25LuaLua
  • 28Jones
  • 29Butterfield
  • 36Shea
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
27,944

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 2, Luton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Luton Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matty Pearson (Luton Town).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Andre Wisdom replaces Krystian Bielik because of an injury.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Duane Holmes replaces Jamie Paterson.

  8. Post update

    Krystian Bielik (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. Kelle Roos tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Bolton replaces Andrew Shinnie.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by James Collins (Luton Town).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Collins (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kazenga LuaLua.

  15. Post update

    Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sonny Bradley (Luton Town).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Booking

    Graeme Shinnie (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Derby County).