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Luton Town 2-1 Charlton Athletic: Izzy Brown's winner moves Hatters out of drop zone

Izzy Brown
Izzy Brown scored for the first time since joining Luton on loan in August

Luton Town impressively ended a five-game losing streak as they beat Charlton Athletic to move out of the Championship's relegation places.

James Collins' looping effort hit the Charlton bar after five minutes, but it was the Addicks who took the lead two minutes later when Jonathan Leko ran through to slot past James Shea.

Luton were level 12 minutes later as Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu blasted home left-footed, despite claims by Charlton that Collins was impeding the goalkeeper in an offside position.

Izzy Brown put the Hatters ahead soon after the restart, Andrew Shinnie reacting quickest to a Charlton mistake to tee-up the Chelsea loan man.

The Hatters are now two places and three points clear of the drop zone, while Charlton dropped to 14th.

It could have been more for Luton - Shinnie struck the post from 25 yards out three minutes after the second goal, while Brown put a free-kick just wide of the post and Collins had a decent effort blocked by a defender.

Luton forward Harry Cornick shot wide after a break with 16 minutes left, while at the other end another Chelsea loanee - Conor Gallagher - saw a long-distance effort graze the outside of the post.

Charlton ensured it was a nervy finish to the game as they applied pressure to the Hatters, with Albie Morgan slicing a shot wide in the closing stages.

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I asked the boys to take responsibility, they've got enough information in them, I think Charlton changed their shape three times in the game, we adapted quickly, they adapted on the pitch and the players took responsibility for that.

"The boys' character has been magnificent. I've been bluntly honest with them from minute one, I've not hid anything, I've supported them when I've needed to and I think you got an honest reaction tonight with a group of players and group of staff that care about the football club.

"We're in a relegation fight and we all need to stick together as it'll be worth it in the end, I've been in this situation before and we've got to continue because it's not going to be straightforward."

Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer:

"We took the lead and then they got a goal shortly after which was offside and I feel for my players, because it's tough on them at the moment.

"We've got so many things going against us, they're giving everything and tonight I feel for them as they've lost a game from two decisions which they didn't deserve that from the efforts they put in.

"It's handball, he (Brown) took the ball in the path, unfortunately for him, it's hit a bobble and then bounced up, and he didn't use his knee to put it into his path.

"I've seen it, it was his arm and I understand the game moves so quickly, but it's handball, not only the first goal when the fella's (James Collins) falling over our goalkeeper as the ball goes past him.

"Both those goals would have not stood if we had VAR in our division, but it's not, so I feel for my players, because they've given everything and we've come away with nothing."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 36Shea
  • 26Bree
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 3PottsBooked at 90mins
  • 11ShinnieBooked at 89mins
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 24BrownBooked at 59mins
  • 4TunnicliffeSubstituted forBoltonat 79'minutes
  • 14Cornick
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 7McManaman
  • 12Sluga
  • 22Bolton
  • 23Galloway
  • 25LuaLua
  • 28Jones
  • 29Butterfield

Charlton

  • 1Phillips
  • 5Lockyer
  • 6Pearce
  • 23SarrSubstituted forDoughtyat 58'minutes
  • 20Solly
  • 19Morgan
  • 15Pratley
  • 11GallagherBooked at 36mins
  • 3PurringtonSubstituted forDavisonat 85'minutes
  • 14Leko
  • 17Bonne

Substitutes

  • 2Matthews
  • 4Oshilaja
  • 30Maynard-Brewer
  • 44Davison
  • 45Doughty
  • 46Vennings
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
10,004

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Conor Gallagher tries a through ball, but Tom Lockyer is caught offside.

Booking

Dan Potts (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alfie Doughty (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dan Potts (Luton Town).

Attempt missed. Darren Pratley (Charlton Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Albie Morgan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Luke Bolton.

Booking

Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

Attempt blocked. Macauley Bonne (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfie Doughty with a cross.

Attempt missed. Albie Morgan (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Alfie Doughty.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Josh Davison replaces Ben Purrington.

Foul by Dan Potts (Luton Town).

Tom Lockyer (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Albie Morgan (Charlton Athletic).

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Bolton replaces Ryan Tunnicliffe because of an injury.

Conor Gallagher (Charlton Athletic) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Ben Purrington.

Attempt saved. Conor Gallagher (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alfie Doughty.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Dan Potts.

Attempt missed. Harry Cornick (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Isaiah Brown following a fast break.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Dan Potts.

Foul by Matty Pearson (Luton Town).

Darren Pratley (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Darren Pratley.

Attempt blocked. James Collins (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

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

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Albie Morgan tries a through ball, but Tom Lockyer is caught offside.

Foul by James Bree (Luton Town).

Alfie Doughty (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Luton Town. James Shea tries a through ball, but Isaiah Brown is caught offside.

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Conor Gallagher tries a through ball, but Jason Pearce is caught offside.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by James Bree.

Attempt missed. Isaiah Brown (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Ben Purrington (Charlton Athletic).

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

goal

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