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Luton Town 3-2 Cambridge United

Luton Town
Luton have not lost to Cambridge in seven league games

Luton Town almost squandered a 3-0 lead as they survived a second-half fightback by Cambridge United.

Tom Elliott headed against the bar for the U's, but Andy Drury volleyed in a rebound to give the Hatters the lead.

Drury then crossed for Luke Wilkinson to head in, before Cambridge keeper Chris Dunn failed to keep out Jonathan Smith's effort.

Johnny Hunt's placed finish and Robbie Simpson's turn and shot made it awkward for promotion-chasing Luton though.

As it was, John Still's fourth-placed side maintained the pace with League Two's top three, while Cambridge now turn their attention to Tuesday's lucrative FA Cup fourth-round replay against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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Hakan Hayrettin on Luton v Oxford

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

"We pressed high, we closed them down. We know that every time we play Cambridge they're a handful.

"Ultimately, it's about getting the three points and we stood firm and did that.

"For us it was a massive three points against a good team who had nothing to lose in the second half. They threw everything at it."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 22Harriman
  • 5McNulty
  • 30WilkinsonSubstituted forFranksat 42'minutes
  • 12GriffithsSubstituted forCullenat 74'minutes
  • 20WhalleyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLawlessat 70'minutes
  • 4Smith
  • 8Drury
  • 26DoyleBooked at 76mins
  • 11Howells
  • 25Stockley

Substitutes

  • 2Franks
  • 7Lawless
  • 10Wall
  • 13Cullen
  • 16Justham
  • 21Guttridge
  • 23Robinson

Cambridge

  • 1Dunn
  • 2Tait
  • 18Nelson
  • 4Coulson
  • 3Taylor
  • 7DonaldsonSubstituted forChadwickat 73'minutes
  • 8ChampionBooked at 74mins
  • 20McGeehan
  • 19BallSubstituted forSimpsonat 45'minutes
  • 31KaikaiSubstituted forHuntat 45'minutes
  • 10Elliott

Substitutes

  • 6Miller
  • 13Norris
  • 14Hunt
  • 15Simpson
  • 22Chadwick
  • 29Akintunde
  • 40Chiedozie
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
10,054

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 3, Cambridge United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Cambridge United 2.

Attempt missed. Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Steve McNulty (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Cambridge United).

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 3, Cambridge United 2. Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Greg Taylor.

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

Foul by Richard Tait (Cambridge United).

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Richard Tait.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Jake Howells.

Booking

Nathan Doyle (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Luton Town).

Cameron McGeehan (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Mark Cullen replaces Scott Griffiths.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Luke Chadwick replaces Ryan Donaldson.

Attempt missed. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Alex Lawless replaces Shaun Whalley.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Steve McNulty.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 3, Cambridge United 1. Johnny Hunt (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Cameron McGeehan.

Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Scott Griffiths.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Mark Tyler.

Attempt missed. Shaun Whalley (Luton Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Scott Griffiths.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Nathan Doyle.

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Luton Town 3, Cambridge United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Robbie Simpson replaces Dominic Ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Johnny Hunt replaces Sullay Kaikai.

Half Time

First Half ends, Luton Town 3, Cambridge United 0.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 3, Cambridge United 0. Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Ryan Donaldson.

Booking

Shaun Whalley (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Sullay Kaikai (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Whalley (Luton Town).

Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Luton Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury28166640182254
2Burton28166638261254
3Wycombe281411340211953
4Luton27148533201350
5Southend2814863023750
6Newport2813783633346
7Bury28135103933644
8Stevenage28125113937241
9Exeter29118103941-241
10Plymouth281171032221040
11Morecambe28108102826238
12Northampton28114134539637
13Wimbledon27107103838037
14Cambridge27106114233936
15Oxford Utd2889113236-433
16Accrington27103143648-1233
17Tranmere2779112932-330
18Portsmouth2779112833-530
19Dag & Red2886143039-930
20Carlisle2893163550-1530
21Cheltenham2879122540-1530
22York28513102733-628
23Mansfield2777132235-1328
24Hartlepool2856172249-2721
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