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Luton Town 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Hosts move off bottom of Championship

James Collins
Luton Town striker James Collins (left) scored his 11th goal of the season to secure victory over Sheffield Wednesday

Struggling Luton Town produced a gutsy performance to beat a disappointing Sheffield Wednesday and move off the bottom of the Championship table.

Luton were awarded a penalty after 15 seconds but James Collins hit the crossbar, before he made amends when he turned in Harry Cornick's pass.

The Owls rarely threatened in the first half although Fernando Forestieri's long-range shot curled wide.

Luton thought they had sealed the win with a second goal but Dan Potts' volley was disallowed for a foul.

Wednesday never looked likely to end their winless run, which now stretches to five matches, while Luton jump above Barnsley, who were beaten 1-0 at home by Birmingham on Tuesday.

There was drama inside the first minute as Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu was brought down by Dominic Iorfa in the first attack of the game, but Collins' powerful penalty hit the top of the bar.

Izzy Brown missed a great chance from seven yards after a clever chest-down by Collins, before the Luton striker stabbed a close-range effort over moments after opening the scoring.

Wednesday improved after the break and Hatters keeper Simon Sluga made a fine save from a long-range shot by Kadeem Harris, who then set up Julian Borner but the defender headed wide from six yards.

Luton were less threatening in the second half and they were denied a second when referee Gavin Ward ruled out Potts' volley for a foul from the corner.

There was another positive moment for the Hatters as forward Danny Hylton returned to action as a second-half substitute after 11 months out with a knee injury.

Luton boss Graeme Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"What pleased me is it was the same level of performance we got on Saturday, just tonight we got rewarded.

"The level of performance has been there for the past five games and I've got a group of players that I'm proud of, I love their honesty.

"When you keep yourself out there and training every day and you're a good professional, eventually you'll get your rewards and that's what you've seen."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We're in a run of eight or nine games where we haven't turned it around and I think a lot of that has been because of some real schoolboy errors leading to goals.

"This period of games has been nowhere near good enough - the results aren't good enough, I'm totally aware of that - and obviously I'm fully responsible for that.

"I've tried a few things in this period and it hasn't worked, but I'm a fighter - I've always fought my whole career and life so I'll continue to do that for this club."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 12Sluga
  • 26BreeBooked at 78mins
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 3Potts
  • 16ReaBooked at 90mins
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 24BrownBooked at 45minsSubstituted forShinnieat 90+4'minutes
  • 19Collins
  • 14CornickSubstituted forHyltonat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McManaman
  • 9Hylton
  • 11Shinnie
  • 18Carter-Vickers
  • 20Moncur
  • 25LuaLua
  • 36Shea

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 2PalmerSubstituted forMurphyat 71'minutes
  • 15Lees
  • 27Iorfa
  • 13Börner
  • 45ForestieriSubstituted forK Harrisat 45'minutes
  • 47WindassSubstituted forNuhiuat 61'minutes
  • 5Lee
  • 10Bannan
  • 19WickhamBooked at 31mins
  • 38Da Cruz

Substitutes

  • 7K Harris
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 14Murphy
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 29Hunt
  • 44Urhoghide
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
10,001

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Offside, Luton Town. James Collins tries a through ball, but Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Julian Börner.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Andrew Shinnie replaces Isaiah Brown.

Booking

Glen Rea (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Glen Rea (Luton Town).

Foul by Alessio Da Cruz (Sheffield Wednesday).

Dan Potts (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday).

Simon Sluga (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dan Potts (Luton Town).

Cameron Dawson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matty Pearson (Luton Town).

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Booking

James Bree (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glen Rea (Luton Town).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

Attempt blocked. Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacob Murphy replaces Liam Palmer.

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town).

Attempt missed. Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Danny Hylton replaces Harry Cornick.

Offside, Luton Town. Sonny Bradley tries a through ball, but James Collins is caught offside.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Glen Rea (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. James Bree (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Alessio Da Cruz (Sheffield Wednesday).

Isaiah Brown (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Sonny Bradley (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kadeem Harris with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Josh Windass.

Attempt saved. Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town).

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom321711457342362
2Leeds32168847301756
3Fulham32168847331456
4Brentford321661053262754
5Nottm Forest32159843311254
6Preston32158947361153
7Bristol City3215894845353
8Cardiff32121374643349
9Blackburn32138114638847
10Swansea32121193737047
11Millwall32111383938146
12Sheff Wed32128124135644
13Derby321110114044-443
14Birmingham32127134148-743
15Hull32117144347-440
16Reading32109133837139
17QPR32116154756-939
18Middlesbrough32813113442-837
19Charlton3299144145-436
20Huddersfield3298153751-1435
21Stoke32104183949-1034
22Wigan3279163148-1730
23Luton3283213866-2827
24Barnsley32510173758-2125
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