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Luton Town 1-1 Nottingham Forest: Ten-man Forest hold on for point

Glen Rea celebrates scoring for Luton
Glen Rea celebrated his first goal for Luton in 739 days - and then scored an own goal later in the game

Chris Hughton extended his unbeaten run to four games as his Nottingham Forest side came back from a goal down with 10 men to draw at Luton Town.

Glen Rea put the Hatters ahead as he scrappily stabbed home from eight yards out after Forest failed to clear a corner.

Forest's task was made harder when Nicolas Ioannou was sent off for a dangerous foul on Martin Cranie shortly before half-time.

Having put Luton ahead, Rea then scored Forest's equaliser as Cyrus Christie's cross from the right went in off the back of the Luton man's head under pressure from Ryan Yates.

Forest stay two places above the relegation zone while Luton move up to ninth place, a point off the play-off positions.

The Hatters had a sixth-minute penalty appeal turned down after James Collins' shot from just inside the area hit the arm of defender Scott McKenna at close range.

Forest will be upset by the nature of Luton's goal; Sonny Bradley's far-post knockdown was not dealt with by the visiting defence, who also failed to clear at a second opportunity and Cranie was able to prod the ball through to goalscorer Rea.

Forest went down to 10 men when Ioannou was sent off after he miscontrolled a pass and lunged in with his studs into Cranie's shin as he tried to win back the ball.

To Forest's credit they were the better side after the break, despite being a man down, and deservedly equalised with 27 minutes left.

Forest finally had a shot on target in the 87th minute when Yates forced a good save from Simon Sluga, before Luton went straight back up the other end and Jordan Clark's effort was stopped by Brice Samba.

Luton boss Nathan Jones: "In the second half we were passive, really lacklustre, didn't start on the front foot and that enabled them to get a foothold in the game and start to gain a bit of confidence.

"We didn't go after the jugular and that's something that we've been used to doing in the past, but this is a relatively-new level for us and it showed.

"We're disappointed as in the first half I thought we were excellent at times."

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"The disappointment was that I thought we started the game really well, we were quite bright and probably in the games I've managed so far it's probably the brightest we've started.

"What we need to be doing is we need to be scoring goals, particularly in periods of games when I think that we're having our better spells.

"But certainly after the sending off it was always going to be difficult, the chances were always going to be minimal, but what I thought we did really well was we restricted them to probably their best chance right towards the end of the game and managed to score ourselves."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 12Sluga
  • 15LockyerSubstituted forClarkat 77'minutes
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 2CranieBooked at 71mins
  • 16ReaBooked at 73mins
  • 22Dewsbury-HallSubstituted forMoncurat 84'minutes
  • 24Norrington-Davies
  • 17MpanzuBooked at 55mins
  • 10LeeSubstituted forLuaLuaat 77'minutes
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 9Hylton
  • 14Moncur
  • 18Clark
  • 25LuaLua
  • 28Morrell

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 2Christie
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 26McKenna
  • 44IoannouBooked at 45mins
  • 22Yates
  • 8Colback
  • 28Knockaert
  • 23Lolley
  • 11AmeobiSubstituted forJenkinsonat 45'minutes
  • 33Taylor

Substitutes

  • 6Mbe Soh
  • 12Smith
  • 15Freeman
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 17Mighten
  • 19Guerrero
  • 21Sow
Referee:
Tim Robinson

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Post update

    Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Martin Cranie (Luton Town).

  7. Post update

    Lyle Taylor (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Clark (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sonny Bradley.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

  10. Post update

    Foul by George Moncur (Luton Town).

  11. Post update

    Anthony Knockaert (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Glen Rea (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matty Pearson following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

  14. Post update

    Martin Cranie (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Nottingham Forest).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. George Moncur replaces Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town).

  18. Post update

    Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Martin Cranie (Luton Town).

  20. Post update

    Lyle Taylor (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Reading87101531222
2Bournemouth8440116516
3Swansea8431105515
4Millwall8431105515
5Watford843184415
6Bristol City8422117414
7Norwich842297214
8Middlesbrough834185313
9Luton841377013
10Stoke833299012
11Brentford83231311211
12Blackburn83141811710
13Preston83141010010
14Cardiff824277010
15Birmingham824255010
16Huddersfield8314710-310
17Rotherham823389-19
18Barnsley8143910-17
19QPR8143610-47
20Nottm Forest8134510-56
21Derby8125412-85
22Coventry8125616-105
23Wycombe8017316-131
24Sheff Wed822459-4-4
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