League Two
HartlepoolHartlepool United1LutonLuton Town2

Hartlepool United 1-2 Luton Town

Mark Cullen and Jim Stevenson were on target as Luton's fine run continued with a win against lowly Hartlepool.

They went ahead when Cullen slotted his fifth goal of the season through the legs of Scott Flinders following a Pelly Ruddock through-ball.

The second came when Stevenson tapped in the rebound after Flinders parried Ricky Miller's free-kick.

Neil Austin pulled one back from the spot in injury time after Scott Griffiths fouled Brad Walker.

Luton manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was a tough game and we've really battled on and put in a strong away performance.

"The pitch wasn't the best, it wasn't easy to pass and move, but we've worked really really hard and got ourselves ahead.

"I was delighted that we brought as many away supporters as we have done. Nothing fails to amaze me with our supporters."

"I can only control the controllables, whether it was (a penalty) or whether it wasn't, I can't do anything about that."

Line-ups

Hartlepool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Flinders
  • 21Duckworth
  • 2Austin
  • 26Harrison
  • 20JonesBooked at 62mins
  • 14WoodsSubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes
  • 10Miller
  • 4BatesSubstituted forWalkerat 79'minutes
  • 18HawkinsBooked at 86minsSubstituted forFranksat 88'minutes
  • 24Wyke
  • 17Brobbel

Substitutes

  • 7Franks
  • 8Walker
  • 19Richards
  • 22Nearney
  • 23Smith
  • 28Green
  • 31Woodman

Luton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Tyler
  • 22Harriman
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 5McNulty
  • 12Griffiths
  • 8Drury
  • 4Smith
  • 26Doyle
  • 19MillerSubstituted forGuttridgeat 90'minutes
  • 13CullenSubstituted forBensonat 71'minutes
  • 17Ruddock MpanzuSubstituted forStevensonat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Lacey
  • 9Benson
  • 10Wall
  • 16Justham
  • 21Guttridge
  • 28Stevenson
  • 35Walker
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
4,225

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Luton Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Luton Town 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Luton Town 2. Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  5. Post update

    Penalty Hartlepool United. Brad Walker draws a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Guttridge replaces Ricky Miller.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Lewis Hawkins.

  9. Post update

    Ryan Brobbel (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Doyle (Luton Town).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Booking

    Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United).

  15. Post update

    Ricky Miller (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Luton Town 2. Jim Stevenson (Luton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Jim Stevenson replaces Pelly Ruddock.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Brad Walker replaces Matthew Bates.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Jonathan Smith.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dan Jones (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.