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Stoke City 3-0 Luton Town: Potters pull to within three points of safety

Joe Allen (left) has now scored three goals in his past seven games for Stoke City
Joe Allen (left) has now scored three goals in his past seven games for Stoke City

Stoke City pulled to within three points of safety in the Championship as they comfortably beat Luton Town.

The hosts took the lead when Sam Vokes worked onto a loose ball to tee up James McClean to finish past Luton goalkeeper James Shea.

McClean then turned provider, turning in a cross towards Joe Allen, who headed home from inside the box to double the hosts' advantage.

Allen added another after the break as he slotted home a low shot from the 18-yard line as Luton struggled to make an impact.

The result means the Hatters, who beat fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic on Saturday, slip to 21st place and have a three-point cushion on the drop zone.

Graeme Jones' side have struggled on the road this season and they were on the back foot when McClean found the net in the first half.

Luton have now lost six away league games in a row and have conceded 20 goals in that period, as they slipped below Huddersfield Town in the table.

Stoke ended a run of three straight defeats following the win as their victory pulled them closer to exiting the relegation zone under Michael O'Neill.

Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I'm delighted with the result and there's a lot of positives. The individual performances were very good and as a team we showed a lot.

"There's a lot to be happy about and it's a step in the right direction, nothing more than that so hopefully that builds and breeds confidence in the group.

"We've decided to keep consistency in the team so when we get a good result we need to be consistent with our selection."

Luton Town boss Graeme Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"For 35 minutes we came to Stoke and reasonably controlled the game. I can't remember them having an effort on goal.

"There's an individual error and all of a sudden we're 1-0 down. We got picked off for 2-0 and we tried to change a few things at half-time.

"Another individual error and we're 3-0 down and the game is finished. It's happened too often. You can't play at this level of football and give goals away and we're doing that too much at the minute."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 2Edwards
  • 17ShawcrossSubstituted forBatthat 16'minutes
  • 5LindsayBooked at 51mins
  • 3Ward
  • 4Allen
  • 24Cousins
  • 22ClucasSubstituted forPowellat 82'minutes
  • 7Ince
  • 9VokesSubstituted forDioufat 79'minutes
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 6Batth
  • 18Diouf
  • 20Hogan
  • 25Powell
  • 32Federici
  • 37Collins
  • 38Woods

Luton

  • 36Shea
  • 26Bree
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 44SheehanSubstituted forButterfieldat 88'minutes
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 11ShinnieSubstituted forMoncurat 45'minutes
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 8BerrySubstituted forReaat 45'minutesBooked at 46mins
  • 14Cornick
  • 19CollinsBooked at 29mins

Substitutes

  • 7McManaman
  • 12Sluga
  • 16Rea
  • 20Moncur
  • 25LuaLua
  • 28Jones
  • 29Butterfield
Referee:
Jarred Gillett
Attendance:
20,216

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 3, Luton Town 0.

Full Time

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

Attempt blocked. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jacob Butterfield.

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town).

Nick Powell (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town).

Nick Powell (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harry Cornick (Luton Town).

Stephen Ward (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jacob Butterfield replaces Alan Sheehan because of an injury.

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

Foul by Stephen Ward (Stoke City).

Offside, Luton Town. Ryan Tunnicliffe tries a through ball, but James Collins is caught offside.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by James Shea.

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nick Powell.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Nick Powell replaces Sam Clucas.

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

Foul by Danny Batth (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Sam Vokes.

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Clucas (Stoke City).

Alan Sheehan (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Stoke City).

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

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Stoke City).

Foul by Glen Rea (Luton Town).

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Luton Town. Glen Rea tries a through ball, but James Collins is caught offside.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Attempt blocked. Joe Allen (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

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

Foul by Danny Batth (Stoke City).

Alan Sheehan (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Allen.

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

Stephen Ward (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Harry Cornick (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Moncur.

goal

As It Stood

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3Fulham21105633231035
4Bristol City219843430435
5Nottm Forest2097427171034
6Preston2110473326734
7Sheff Wed209562819932
8Cardiff208753027331
9Brentford2093830161430
10Blackburn209382727030
11Swansea208662525030
12Millwall217952728-130
13Hull218583229329
14Birmingham208482226-428
15QPR208483037-728
16Derby206772026-625
17Charlton2165102628-223
18Reading1963102426-221
19Huddersfield2156102333-1021
20Middlesbrough214981828-1021
21Luton2162132744-1720
22Stoke2152142435-1117
23Wigan2044121833-1516
24Barnsley2026122341-1812
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