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Luton Town 2-0 Stevenage

Mark Cullen
Mark Cullen has played for five clubs during his career including Bury and Bradford

Luton missed out on the League Two play-offs, despite comfortably beating promotion-chasing Stevenage.

The Hatters needed an eight-goal swing to make the play-offs, but Plymouth's 2-0 victory over Shrewsbury put an end to their promotion hopes.

Mark Cullen put Luton ahead, tapping in after Boro goalkeeper Charlie Day saved Elliot Lee's low strike.

The home side sealed victory on the stroke of half-time thanks to Michael Harriman's blistering half-volley.

Luton looked certain for at least a play-off position earlier in the campaign, but a torrid end to the season saw them win just three of their last 13 games to finish in eighth place.

Meanwhile Stevenage confirmed their play-off place last weekend with a victory over Carlisle and end the season in sixth place.

Graham Westley's side will face Southend in the League Two play-offs.

Goalkeeper Dave Beasant, 56, best known for captaining Wimbledon to FA Cup glory in 1988, was named on the Stevenage bench for the second time this season.

Luton Manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Still on Luton v Stevenage

"We played very well today, we won comfortably so I can't ask any more than that."

"I'm very proud of what we've achieved with how things have worked out. To finish eighth is a remarkable achievement for us."

"I'm quite happy that the season is now at an end and Monday I'm back at work."

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Westley on Luton v Stevenage

"It was always going to be a difficult afternoon in the sense that we were sixth whatever happened.

"I felt that the players who had a lot more to gain were the right lads to wear the shirt today.

"In the end a couple of moments of disorganisation cost us, but we finished strong.

"I never worry about injuries because they're part and parcel of football and you have to play the game with the players available.

"Southend [Stevenage's play-off opponents] are a very good side and they'll be a very tough nut to crack."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 16Justham
  • 22Harriman
  • 5McNulty
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 12GriffithsSubstituted forKinsellaat 79'minutes
  • 13Cullen
  • 50McGeehan
  • 4Smith
  • 26DoyleBooked at 21minsSubstituted forHallat 73'minutes
  • 11HowellsSubstituted forGuttridgeat 75'minutes
  • 38Lee

Substitutes

  • 6Lacey
  • 10Wall
  • 21Guttridge
  • 27Hall
  • 31Oduwa
  • 40Kinsella
  • 41King

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 25HenrySubstituted forKennedyat 57'minutes
  • 5Ashton
  • 4WorleyBooked at 6minsSubstituted forMcAllisterat 56'minutes
  • 34DeaconSubstituted forZolaat 76'minutes
  • 36Andrade
  • 32Conlon
  • 8Walton
  • 50Martin
  • 46Jebb
  • 22Lee

Substitutes

  • 2Richens
  • 10Zola
  • 12McAllister
  • 27Johnson
  • 31Okenabirhie
  • 33Kennedy
  • 39Beasant
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
10,054

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 2, Stevenage 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 2, Stevenage 0.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ryan Hall.

Foul by Ryan Hall (Luton Town).

Dave Martin (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

Attempt saved. Calvin Zola (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Jake Howells (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Walton (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Lewis Kinsella replaces Scott Griffiths.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Calvin Zola replaces Roarie Deacon.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Guttridge replaces Jake Howells.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Scott Griffiths.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Ryan Hall replaces Nathan Doyle.

Attempt saved. Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Scott Griffiths.

Attempt missed. Michael Harriman (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Steve McNulty (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

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

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Roarie Deacon.

Attempt blocked. Mark Cullen (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Chris Day.

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

Michael Harriman (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dave Martin (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Ben Kennedy replaces Ronnie Henry.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. David McAllister replaces Harry Worley.

Jake Howells (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Jebb (Stevenage).

Foul by Elliot Lee (Luton Town).

Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Luton Town 2, Stevenage 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Luton Town 2, Stevenage 0.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 2, Stevenage 0. Michael Harriman (Luton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Jake Howells (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton462810869393094
2Shrewsbury462781167313689
3Bury462671360402085
4Wycombe462315867452284
5Southend4624121054381684
6Stevenage462012146254872
7Plymouth4620111555371871
8Luton4619111654441068
9Newport461811175154-365
10Exeter461713166165-464
11Morecambe461712175352163
12Northampton46187216762561
13Oxford Utd461516155049161
14Dag & Red46178215859-159
15Wimbledon461416165460-658
16Portsmouth461415175254-257
17Accrington461511205877-1956
18York461119164651-552
19Cambridge461312216166-551
20Carlisle46148245674-1850
21Mansfield46139243862-2448
22Hartlepool46129253970-3145
23Cheltenham46914234067-2741
24Tranmere46912254567-2239
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