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Luton Town 3-0 Newport County

Luton Town moved into the top three with a battling victory over Newport County that ended the visitors' nine-match unbeaten run in League Two.

Luke Wilkinson found space to head home an in-swinging corner after just five minutes to give the Hatters the lead.

Luke Rooney doubled their advantage after half-time with a skilful finish to punish a mistake by County goalkeeper Jamie Stephens.

In injury time Jake Howells added a close-range third to seal victory.

Luton first team coach Hakan Hayrettin told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Hayrettin on Luton v Newport

"It wasn't all roses at the start. They may have had the best of the first half in patches. As the game went on I think we got stronger and stronger, and better and better.

"To keep a clean sheet against them is a wonderful experience really, because of how big they are and how strong they are. Fair play to the boys, they worked very, very hard. There was some good saves at vital moments by our goalkeeper.

"It's all well and good us getting these results but we can't just win at home. To have the support that we've got is just unbelievable. In times, previously, they've stuck by us and pushed us on and that could be a factor in our home form. This has got to be a fortress now and the players know that."

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"I don't think the scoreline was a fair reflection but credit to Luton, they were ruthless when the chances came their way.

"That's what we'll look at: we lost concentration in our own box and we weren't ruthless enough in Luton Town's box.

"We had enough chances to get something out of the game, that's for sure."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 22Harriman
  • 5McNultyBooked at 29mins
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 12Griffiths
  • 20WhalleySubstituted forHowellsat 72'minutes
  • 26DoyleBooked at 27mins
  • 8Drury
  • 4Smith
  • 15RooneySubstituted forLafayetteat 81'minutes
  • 13CullenBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 2Franks
  • 11Howells
  • 16Justham
  • 18Lafayette
  • 19Miller
  • 28Stevenson
  • 29Connolly

Newport

  • 25Stephens
  • 5Jones
  • 6Yakubu
  • 13Sandell
  • 18Klukowski
  • 33Byrne
  • 8MinshullSubstituted forHoweat 65'minutes
  • 4PorterSubstituted forChapmanat 58'minutes
  • 2Jackson
  • 11Zebroski
  • 14Jeffers

Substitutes

  • 1Pidgeley
  • 7Chapman
  • 9Howe
  • 17Flynn
  • 26Poole
  • 28Crow
  • 39Collins
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
8,383

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 3, Newport County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Newport County 0.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 3, Newport County 0. Jake Howells (Luton Town) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Drury.

Andy Drury (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

Ross Lafayette (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jamie Stephens.

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

Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) with an attempt from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Darren Jones (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Ross Lafayette replaces Luke Rooney.

Booking

Mark Cullen (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Steve McNulty.

Attempt blocked. Darren Jones (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Mark Tyler.

Attempt saved. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Mark Cullen (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jake Howells replaces Shaun Whalley.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

Attempt blocked. Andy Drury (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Rene Howe (Newport County) header from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Luke Rooney (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Andy Drury (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Rene Howe replaces Lee Minshull.

Mark Cullen (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Byrne (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Adam Chapman replaces Max Porter.

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town).

Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 2, Newport County 0. Luke Rooney (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Drury.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Andy Drury (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Byrne (Newport County).

Second Half

Second Half begins Luton Town 1, Newport County 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Luton Town 1, Newport County 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe21126336191742
2Shrewsbury21124531151640
3Luton21124526151140
4Burton2212463023740
5Plymouth21114628131537
6Southend2110562219335
7Newport219753024634
8Exeter229763027334
9Bury219483027331
10Morecambe219392322130
11Accrington219393235-330
12Cambridge218583225729
13Stevenage218492829-128
14Portsmouth217682526-127
15Wimbledon217682730-327
16Mansfield217591725-826
17Oxford Utd216782326-325
18Cheltenham216782030-1025
19Northampton2173113032-224
20Dag & Red2163122534-921
21Carlisle2163122740-1321
22York2131172228-620
23Tranmere2147102127-619
24Hartlepool2134141539-2413
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