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Cheltenham Town 1-1 Luton Town

Promotion-chasing Luton were held to a draw in an entertaining encounter at Paul Buckle's Cheltenham.

The hosts broke the deadlock in the first half when Zack Kotwica knocked in from close range.

But the Hatters were level within a minute after goalkeeper Trevor Carson parried Andy Drury's shot into the path of Shaun Whalley, who slid home.

It means Buckle, who quit as Luton boss in 2013 to move to the USA, is still waiting for his first Robins home win.

Cheltenham have just one victory in their last 12 games and sit 17th in the League Two standings, while Luton remain fourth, unbeaten since 13 December.

The Hatters had the chance to snatch all three points in the second half at Whaddon Road, but substitute Mark Cullen twice missed the target from inside the area.

Cheltenham earned a well-placed free-kick late on, following a heavy tackle from Steve McNulty on Jack Dunn, but Luton managed to scramble the danger away.

Cheltenham Town manager Paul Buckle told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Buckle on Cheltenham v Luton

"Would we have taken a point before the game? Most probably.

"It was a frantic start to the game, and with Luton going towards their fans it was always going to be difficult.

"We managed to get into the lead with a very good goal but it's just disappointing we couldn't hold on.

"But we stood strong and that's the thing. If you play John Still's teams, you have to be strong. I'm proud of my players today."

Luton Town manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Still on Cheltenham v Luton

"The pitch certainly wasn't conducive to entertainment - it was a case of try get the ball to the other end and hope for a little bit of luck.

"We battled hard, the boys worked hard and that's all I can ask.

"It was very difficult today, for both teams. In the end they were resorting to banging the ball up, because it was a case of not making a mistake in your third.

"The one thing I never have to question with my team is their commitment and their resolve. It would have been nice to have won, but I've got to be realistic."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 29Jones
  • 4Taylor
  • 5Brown
  • 3Braham-Barrett
  • 7Ferdinand
  • 8Richards
  • 26Stewart
  • 24Gray
  • 28DunnSubstituted forHarrisonat 90'minutes
  • 17KotwicaBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 2Vaughan
  • 9Harrison
  • 10Gornell
  • 15Deaman
  • 16Hanks
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 30Reynolds

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 22Harriman
  • 5McNultyBooked at 86mins
  • 30WilkinsonBooked at 89mins
  • 12Griffiths
  • 8DrurySubstituted forLawlessat 64'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 26Doyle
  • 4Smith
  • 25Stockley
  • 20WhalleySubstituted forMillerat 69'minutes
  • 11HowellsSubstituted forCullenat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Lacey
  • 7Lawless
  • 10Wall
  • 13Cullen
  • 16Justham
  • 19Miller
  • 23Robinson
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
3,611

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Luton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Luton Town 1.

Alex Lawless (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kane Ferdinand (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Byron Harrison replaces Jack Dunn.

Jack Dunn (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town).

Attempt saved. Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Steve McNulty (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Kane Ferdinand (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

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

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

Booking

Alex Lawless (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Lawless (Luton Town).

Attempt missed. Jack Dunn (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Lloyd Jones (Cheltenham Town).

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

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Scott Griffiths.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Ricky Miller replaces Shaun Whalley.

Foul by Jonathan Smith (Luton Town).

Jack Dunn (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Alex Lawless replaces Andy Drury.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Mark Cullen replaces Jake Howells.

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Luton Town).

Kane Ferdinand (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

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

Booking

Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town).

Shaun Whalley (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Shaun Whalley (Luton Town).

Foul by Jonathan Smith (Luton Town).

Kane Ferdinand (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Jack Dunn (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Kane Ferdinand (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Luton Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe271410340211952
2Shrewsbury27156639182151
3Burton27156637261151
4Luton26138530181247
5Southend2713862923647
6Newport2713773632446
7Bury2612593832641
8Stevenage27125103935441
9Exeter2811893839-141
10Plymouth27117930191140
11Morecambe27107102725237
12Wimbledon26106103737036
13Cambridge251051039291035
14Northampton27104134038234
15Accrington25103123542-733
16Oxford Utd2779113036-630
17Cheltenham2779112437-1330
18Portsmouth2678112833-529
19York2751392732-528
20Mansfield2677122133-1228
21Tranmere2669112731-427
22Carlisle2783163349-1627
23Dag & Red2675142637-1126
24Hartlepool2746171947-2818
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