EFL Cup - Second Round South
ReadingReading0LutonLuton Town1
Jordan Clark
Jordan Clark was making his first start for Luton after joining on a free transfer in the summer

Jordan Clark's first goal for Luton was enough to see off Reading and set up a Carabao Cup third-round tie with Manchester United.

Clark scored an excellent towering header from Rhys Norrington-Davies' free-kick on his first start for the club.

Luton had the majority of chances, Danny Hylton going close with several headers.

Reading had to wait 71 minutes for a shot on target through Sam Baldock.

Both sides were much changed from their opening wins in the Championship on Saturday, with Reading giving game-time to nine academy graduates.

Luton have now won all three of their games this season, having also beaten Norwich in the Carabao Cup first round.

Their tie at home to Manchester United will be played next week with the exact date yet to be confirmed.

Luton boss Nathan Jones: "It was another good game. We made a lot of changes because some of them need the minutes. We feel we have a strong enough squad to be able to do that and show the competition the respect it deserves.

"I'm delighted with another win, another clean sheet. I would have liked to score more because I thought we had enough opportunities to put it to bed a little bit earlier but it was a good run-out.

"We're very pleased with the goal and the work rate, no injuries, 90 minutes, so they are all better for the experience."

Reading boss Veljko Paunovic: "We lost the match but we won a lot of positives that we can take into the future.

"We always go out to win. And we were close. We weren't intimidated by our opponent at any moment.

"But nobody likes to lose. This is football and we also have to learn from our defeats."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 22Southwood
  • 20Araruna Hoffmann
  • 29Holmes
  • 5McIntyre
  • 38Bristow
  • 43Watson
  • 34Tetek
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forAbbeyat 89'minutes
  • 9Baldock
  • 47PuscasSubstituted forMelvin-Lambertat 85'minutes
  • 12McNultySubstituted forSackeyat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 36Abbey
  • 37Melvin-Lambert
  • 39Pendlebury
  • 41Ajose
  • 42Sackey
  • 44East

Luton

  • 1Shea
  • 26BreeSubstituted forKiosoat 85'minutes
  • 15LockyerSubstituted forCranieat 90+3'minutes
  • 5BradleyBooked at 78mins
  • 24Norrington-Davies
  • 11Shinnie
  • 14Moncur
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 18Clark
  • 9Hylton
  • 25LuaLuaBooked at 62minsSubstituted forLeeat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Cranie
  • 7Cornick
  • 10Lee
  • 12Sluga
  • 16Rea
  • 19Collins
  • 20Kioso
Referee:
Charles Breakspear

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 0, Luton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 0, Luton Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Tennai Watson (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Elliot Lee (Luton Town).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ethan Bristow (Reading).

  6. Post update

    Jordan Clark (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Martin Cranie replaces Tom Lockyer because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Moncur (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Hylton.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dejan Tetek (Reading).

  10. Post update

    Elliot Lee (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Nelson Abbey replaces Sone Aluko.

  12. Post update

    Lynford Sackey (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Rhys Norrington-Davies (Luton Town).

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lynford Sackey (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom McIntyre.

  15. Post update

    Tom McIntyre (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hylton (Luton Town).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sone Aluko (Reading).

  18. Post update

    Elliot Lee (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Peter Kioso.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Peter Kioso replaces James Bree.