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Hull City 1-3 Luton Town: Nathan Jones says Hatters have reached 'utopia' by moving third

Elijah Adebayo scores Luton's opening goal
Elijah Adebayo scored his 15th goal of the season to put Luton Town ahead at Hull City

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones said his side have reached "utopia" after moving third in the Championship following their 3-1 win at Hull City.

Elijah Adebayo's early left-footed goal set the Hatters on their way, before Harry Cornick's second-half toe-poke and James Bree's spectacular free-kick inside the final 20 minutes.

Tom Eaves scored a consolation in stoppage time for the Tigers as Luton missed out on a third clean sheet in four games.

"I've been in the game for 32 and a half years and this is the best group I've ever worked with - I'm so proud of them," Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"It's not the most talented, but it's definitely the best, the tightest, hard-working, humble - all the good words you want to use about human beings and players, these have it better than anyone I've ever seen.

"I'm so proud of them and it's magnificent. To see where we are in the league, that's utopia.

"If anyone had said to anybody realistic that Luton would be third in the Championship with eight games to go I think there'd be a lot of laughing going on," he added.

Luton players celebrate
Luton have scored in each of their past nine matches in all competitions and kept four clean sheets

Luton's win, coupled with Huddersfield's 3-0 loss at home to second-placed Bournemouth, sees Jones' side leapfrog the Terriers to go third on goal difference.

They are six points behind Bournemouth, having played two more games, and have a four-point buffer to seventh-placed QPR as they aim for the play-offs come the end of the season.

Bree's free-kick from the edge of the box will be the abiding memory for the 1,000 or so Luton fans that made the 157-mile journey to Humberside, but it was a victory they fully deserved.

Cornick had a sixth-minute chance before Adebayo put them ahead three minutes later when rebound fell to whose shot found the bottom corner, while Luke Berry forced Matt Ingram into a good save with a long-range effort mid-way through the first half.

Hull's best spell came either side of half time as Eaves volleyed a George Honeyman cross over the bar shortly before the break and Alfie Jones and Keane Lewis-Potter went close in the first few minutes of the second period.

Cornick's goal deflated Hull's fans as Adebayo nipped in to win the ball from Sean McLoughlin when the Irishman should have cleared before setting up his team-mate to slot home.

Bree's goal - which clipped the underside of the bar on its way in - underlined Luton's dominance as Hull slipped to 20th place, but 13 points clear of the relegation places.

Hull City manager Shota Arveladze:

"It's difficult to explain. Football can be really unfair. I still believe we didn't really deserve to concede three goals.

"We could have stayed in the game, but, unfortunately, it happens. We made mistakes and that is the difference at home and away - and we need to be better.

"We make more mistakes at home than away, it's as simple as that. I don't want to blame anyone. I don't think it's about away or home - it's just about football.

"Our supporters are unbelievable and they stayed with us until the last whistle.

"We have a lot of small injuries, but we disappointed them at home again and we will try to win them back."

Line-ups

Hull

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Ingram
  • 5Jones
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 4Greaves
  • 16LongmanSubstituted forForssat 75'minutes
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forSayyadmaneshat 66'minutes
  • 8DochertySubstituted forHuddlestoneat 66'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 3Elder
  • 10HoneymanBooked at 86mins
  • 11Lewis-Potter
  • 9Eaves

Substitutes

  • 13Baxter
  • 20Sayyadmanesh
  • 23Huddlestone
  • 24Bernard
  • 27Slater
  • 44Forss
  • 45Walsh

Luton

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Shea
  • 2Bree
  • 20KiosoBooked at 25minsSubstituted forLockyerat 52'minutes
  • 3Potts
  • 24Onyedinma
  • 22Campbell
  • 18ClarkBooked at 11mins
  • 29Bell
  • 8BerrySubstituted forMpanzuat 51'minutes
  • 7CornickSubstituted forJeromeat 75'minutes
  • 11Adebayo

Substitutes

  • 9Hylton
  • 14Mendes Gomes
  • 15Lockyer
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 21Isted
  • 23Lansbury
  • 35Jerome
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
16,555

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 1, Luton Town 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Luton Town 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Hull City 1, Luton Town 3. Tom Eaves (Hull City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Forss.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Daniel Potts.

  5. Post update

    Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Fred Onyedinma (Luton Town).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Elder (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Bree (Luton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

  9. Booking

    George Honeyman (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by George Honeyman (Hull City).

  11. Post update

    Elijah Adebayo (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Daniel Potts.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Allahyar Sayyadmanesh (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marcus Forss (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Sean McLoughlin.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Amari'i Bell (Luton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Allahyar Sayyadmanesh (Hull City).

  19. Post update

    Amari'i Bell (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Marcus Forss replaces Ryan Longman.

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2Bournemouth36209759312869
3Luton381891156421463
4Huddersfield391712105143863
5Sheff Utd3817101152401261
6Blackburn3917101249391061
7QPR37178125345859
8Middlesbrough37178124840859
9Nottm Forest3616101053351858
10Millwall381512113936357
11Coventry381510134946355
12West Brom381412124236654
13Blackpool371410134241152
14Preston381215114044-451
15Stoke381310154844449
16Swansea37139154152-1148
17Cardiff38137184556-1146
18Bristol City39128194969-2044
19Birmingham391012174258-1642
20Hull39118203344-1141
21Reading38116214473-2933
22Barnsley38610222854-2628
23Derby391113153845-725
24Peterborough3758242975-4623
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