Match ends, Luton Town 1, Stoke City 1.
Luton Town 1-1 Stoke City: Last-minute James Collins penalty earns Hatters important point
A last-minute James Collins penalty saw Luton claim an important point in the fight against the drop as they drew 1-1 with Championship relegation rivals Stoke City.
Stoke got off to a great start as Sam Vokes was on hand to turn in Tommy Smith's deflected shot from close range inside the first 10 minutes in a game which lacked much spark throughout.
Luton did have the ball in the net midway through the second half, but Harry Cornick was offside as he turned the ball in after George Moncur's shot had been parried by Jack Butland.
But, right at the death, Callum McManaman was fouled in the box by James Chester and Collins was on hand to score from the spot.
The result sees Stoke drop to 21st place, two points and one place clear of the relegation places, while Luton are five points from safety at the foot of the table.
Luton did little to deserve their point as they failed to take any momentum from their excellent win over Brentford in midweek into the early part of the game.
Tom Ince almost double Stoke's lead soon after Vokes' opener, but Simon Sluga did well to pull off a great save with his legs, while at the other end Butland had to be at his best to deny Cornick's header.
Luton's crowd grew increasingly frustrated as their lacklustre side struggled to find a way through Stoke, and it was the visitors who had a chance to go further ahead soon after the break, only for Ince to slip as he tried to shoot after beating the offside trap.
Nick Powell blasted a shot wide for Stoke as Michael O'Neill's men seemed to be sapping any life out of the game in the final minutes and earn a vital win, but Chester's careless trip on McManaman allowed the Hatters a lifeline.
Luton Town boss Graeme Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"I'm really satisfied to get a point at the end. Three would've been really difficult for us as we try to catch Stoke.
"We haven't let them get any further away from us, so with 10 games to go it's still all to play for.
"I never give in. Not with these lads, they're a very experienced Championship side."
Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill told BBC Radio Stoke:
"I wouldn't say it's two points thrown away, I think that's a little bit harsh on the lads.
"It's a very soft penalty if a penalty at all. To lose the two points the way we did, it's very disappointing.
"We could have been a lot more clinical, their goalkeeper made some very good saves. We looked a little bit leggy in the second half."
- 3PottsBooked at 63minsSubstituted forMcManamanat 73'minutes
- 16ReaSubstituted forMoncurat 58'minutes
- 24BrownSubstituted forBoltonat 66'minutes
- 15Martins Indi
- 7InceSubstituted forCollinsat 85'minutes
- 25PowellSubstituted forThompsonat 75'minutes
- 22ClucasBooked at 88mins
- 9VokesSubstituted forGregoryat 72'minutes
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- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Stoke City 1.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Callum McManaman.
Foul by Callum McManaman (Luton Town).
Tommy Smith (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Stoke City. Bruno Martins Indi tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.
Foul by Luke Bolton (Luton Town).
James Chester (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Martin Cranie (Luton Town).
Lee Gregory (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Goal! Luton Town 1, Stoke City 1. James Collins (Luton Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Penalty Luton Town. Callum McManaman draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by James Chester (Stoke City) after a foul in the penalty area.
Sam Clucas (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.
Offside, Stoke City. Bruno Martins Indi tries a through ball, but Sam Clucas is caught offside.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by James Collins.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Substitution, Stoke City. Nathan Collins replaces Tom Ince.
Foul by Luke Bolton (Luton Town).
Lee Gregory (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Sam Clucas.
Attempt missed. Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.
Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).
Matty Pearson (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Gregory (Stoke City).
Foul by George Moncur (Luton Town).
Jordan Cousins (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Stoke City. Jordan Thompson replaces Nick Powell.
Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tommy Smith.
Substitution, Luton Town. Callum McManaman replaces Dan Potts.
Substitution, Stoke City. Lee Gregory replaces Sam Vokes.
Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Tommy Smith.
Offside, Luton Town. George Moncur tries a through ball, but Harry Cornick is caught offside.
Attempt saved. George Moncur (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Bolton replaces Isaiah Brown.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Matty Pearson.
Dan Potts (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Dan Potts (Luton Town).
Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.