League Two
LutonLuton Town1NorthamptonNorthampton Town0

Luton Town 1-0 Northampton Town

Luke Guttridge
Luke Guttridge scored his first goal of the season for Luton

Luton Town went top of League Two after Luke Guttridge scored a last-minute winner against Northampton Town.

In a game of little goalmouth action, the Cobblers' best chance fell to John-Joe O'Toole but he headed straight at goalkeeper Mark Tyler from close range.

Tyler then saved one-on-one from Alex Nicholls before Guttridge was denied by Jordan Archer at the near post.

But Luton made it seven wins in a row late on when Guttridge collected Michael Harriman's pass to beat Tyler.

Luton assistant manager Terry Harris told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was a strange game because different sides bring different things to the table. Northampton were completely different to Dagenham on Tuesday - they're a big, strong, organised side and they're hard to play against.

"I thought in the second half we got a little bit of head of steam up and with the injuries we picked up along the way it disrupted our fluency. We're not going to play great every game but we played the way we wanted to for Luton.

"It was a brave move by John Still to bring Luke Guttridge on because we had a point, but John said 'let's go for three' and I'm delighted we did.

"It's nice to be at the top. We'll enjoy this evening but go back to work on Monday."

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder tells BBC Radio Northampton:

"I'm disappointed for the fantastic support we've brought today. We've ended up not getting anything.

"In big moments of the game today, if we're better, we win. We defended OK but the ball has gone in our net.

"I'd be embarrassed if people kept talking about the injuries because we've still got decent enough players to battle it out with a team at the top of the league."

Line-ups

Luton

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Tyler
  • 22Harriman
  • 5McNulty
  • 30WilkinsonBooked at 87mins
  • 12Griffiths
  • 17Ruddock MpanzuSubstituted forBensonat 45+1'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 4Smith
  • 8Drury
  • 26DoyleSubstituted forStevensonat 45'minutes
  • 7LawlessSubstituted forGuttridgeat 60'minutes
  • 13Cullen

Substitutes

  • 6Lacey
  • 9Benson
  • 10Wall
  • 16Justham
  • 21Guttridge
  • 28Stevenson
  • 35Walker

Northampton

Formation 4-5-1

  • 21Archer
  • 12TozerBooked at 88mins
  • 36Cresswell
  • 17RobertsonBooked at 85mins
  • 30StevensBooked at 71mins
  • 19D'Ath
  • 18RavenhillSubstituted forSinclairat 90+2'minutes
  • 10O'TooleSubstituted forHackettat 76'minutes
  • 25Byrom
  • 23Mohamed
  • 14NichollsSubstituted forToneyat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Duke
  • 2Alfei
  • 5Langmead
  • 7Sinclair
  • 11Hackett
  • 20Moyo
  • 24Toney
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
10,040

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home5
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 1, Northampton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Northampton Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Mark Cullen (Luton Town).

  4. Post update

    Enda Stevens (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Emile Sinclair replaces Richard Ravenhill.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Luton Town 1, Northampton Town 0. Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Harriman.

  7. Booking

    Ben Tozer (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

  10. Post update

    Paul Benson (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town).

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town).

  14. Post update

    Kaid Mohamed (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Booking

    Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Paul Benson (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

  20. Post update

    Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.