League Two
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Luton Town 3-0 Hartlepool United

Hartlepool remain outside the League Two relegation zone despite falling to a third successive defeat at Luton.

The Hatters, who are only outside the play-off places on goal difference, went in front when Cameron McGeehan headed home.

Jake Howells doubled their lead from the penalty spot after Shaun Whalley was tripped in the area.

Elliot Justham did well to keep out Marlon Harewood's deflected free-kick before Scott Griffiths made it 3-0.

Pools are one point above 23rd-placed Cheltenham and host play-off hopefuls Exeter City next week.

John Still's side travel to Southend, who still have a chance of securing automatic promotion.

Luton Town coach Terry Harris told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Luton coach Harris on Hartlepool win

"It was a fantastic start, we knew today was an important game. We said let's be in the mix for next Saturday, one game at a time.

"We did play with a tempo, certainly in the second half it was difficult to keep the tempo, especially when we were 2-0 up anyway. Once we got the third goal it sort of killed the game.

"That bad run, when it comes, is like a runaway train at times. Keep playing through it and it will turn. And I think it has. We haven't conceded now for three or four games."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 16Justham
  • 22Harriman
  • 5McNulty
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 12Griffiths
  • 20WhalleySubstituted forHallat 75'minutes
  • 4Smith
  • 50McGeehan
  • 11HowellsSubstituted forGuttridgeat 82'minutes
  • 38LeeSubstituted forMillerat 87'minutes
  • 13Cullen

Substitutes

  • 6Lacey
  • 10Wall
  • 19Miller
  • 21Guttridge
  • 27Hall
  • 40Kinsella
  • 41King

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 21Duckworth
  • 20Jones
  • 26Harrison
  • 2AustinBooked at 43mins
  • 7Franks
  • 16FeatherstoneBooked at 90mins
  • 31Tshibola
  • 17FenwickSubstituted forJonesat 64'minutes
  • 24HugillSubstituted forNelson-Addyat 77'minutes
  • 9Harewood

Substitutes

  • 4Bates
  • 8Walker
  • 12Parnaby
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Nelson-Addy
  • 19Richards
  • 27Jones
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
8,231

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 3, Hartlepool United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Hartlepool United 0.

Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

Jordan Jones (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Ryan Hall (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Ricky Miller replaces Elliot Lee.

Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United).

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town).

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Dan Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Guttridge replaces Jake Howells because of an injury.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ryan Hall.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Ebby Nelson-Addy replaces Jordan Hugill.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Ryan Hall replaces Shaun Whalley.

Elliot Lee (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Scott Griffiths.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 3, Hartlepool United 0. Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Howells with a cross.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Neil Austin.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jordan Jones replaces Scott Fenwick.

Foul by Mark Cullen (Luton Town).

Dan Jones (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jordan Hugill (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Shaun Whalley.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jonathan Smith (Luton Town).

Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Michael Duckworth.

Second Half

Second Half begins Luton Town 2, Hartlepool United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Luton Town 2, Hartlepool United 0.

Attempt missed. Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Neil Austin (Hartlepool United).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton442610863362788
2Shrewsbury442681066293786
3Wycombe442215764422281
4Bury432471257391879
5Southend432212951351678
6Stevenage441912136152969
7Plymouth4418111550351565
8Luton441811155243965
9Newport441711164953-462
10Northampton44187196456861
11Exeter441613155862-461
12Morecambe441512174951-257
13Wimbledon441415155357-457
14Dag & Red44168205357-456
15Oxford Utd441316154749-255
16Portsmouth441314174952-353
17Accrington441411195672-1653
18Cambridge441312195961-251
19York441118154548-351
20Carlisle44147235370-1749
21Mansfield44139223658-2248
22Hartlepool44118253466-3241
23Cheltenham44913223965-2640
24Tranmere44912234363-2039
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