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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Derby County 2, Luton Town 0.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Matty Pearson (Luton Town).

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Duane Holmes replaces Jamie Paterson.

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

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Bolton replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Hand ball by James Collins (Luton Town).

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

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

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

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Luton Town).

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

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

Booking

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

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Derby County).

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

Offside, Luton Town. Andrew Shinnie tries a through ball, but James Collins is caught offside.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Kazenga LuaLua replaces Harry Cornick.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Derby County).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Martyn Waghorn replaces Chris Martin.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Luton Town 0. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the top right corner. Assisted by Jayden Bogle.

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

Foul by Curtis Davies (Derby County).

Harry Cornick (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Isaiah Brown replaces Callum McManaman.

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Krystian Bielik.

Attempt missed. Florian Jozefzoon (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Malone.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Attempt missed. James Collins (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Bree with a cross.

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Tom Lawrence.

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

goal

As It Stood

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3Preston1163223121121
4Swansea11632169721
5Leeds11623157820
6Bristol City115511813520
7Fulham1154220101019
8Sheff Wed11614169719
9QPR116141819-119
10Charlton115331512318
11Cardiff114431616016
12Birmingham115151114-316
13Derby113621515015
14Blackburn114251315-214
15Millwall113531014-414
16Hull113441416-213
17Brentford1133599012
18Luton113261520-511
19Wigan11326916-711
20Middlesbrough112451116-510
21Huddersfield112271218-68
22Reading112271117-68
23Barnsley11137822-146
24Stoke111281122-115
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