League Two
LutonLuton Town3NewportNewport County0

Luton Town 3-0 Newport County

Luton Town moved into the top three with a battling victory over Newport County that ended the visitors' nine-match unbeaten run in League Two.

Luke Wilkinson found space to head home an in-swinging corner after just five minutes to give the Hatters the lead.

Luke Rooney doubled their advantage after half-time with a skilful finish to punish a mistake by County goalkeeper Jamie Stephens.

In injury time Jake Howells added a close-range third to seal victory.

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

"It wasn't all roses at the start. They may have had the best of the first half in patches. As the game went on I think we got stronger and stronger, and better and better.

"To keep a clean sheet against them is a wonderful experience really, because of how big they are and how strong they are. Fair play to the boys, they worked very, very hard. There was some good saves at vital moments by our goalkeeper.

"It's all well and good us getting these results but we can't just win at home. To have the support that we've got is just unbelievable. In times, previously, they've stuck by us and pushed us on and that could be a factor in our home form. This has got to be a fortress now and the players know that."

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"I don't think the scoreline was a fair reflection but credit to Luton, they were ruthless when the chances came their way.

"That's what we'll look at: we lost concentration in our own box and we weren't ruthless enough in Luton Town's box.

"We had enough chances to get something out of the game, that's for sure."

Line-ups

Luton

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Tyler
  • 22Harriman
  • 5McNultyBooked at 29mins
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 12Griffiths
  • 20WhalleySubstituted forHowellsat 72'minutes
  • 26DoyleBooked at 27mins
  • 8Drury
  • 4Smith
  • 15RooneySubstituted forLafayetteat 81'minutes
  • 13CullenBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 2Franks
  • 11Howells
  • 16Justham
  • 18Lafayette
  • 19Miller
  • 28Stevenson
  • 29Connolly

Newport

Formation 3-5-2

  • 25Stephens
  • 5Jones
  • 6Yakubu
  • 13Sandell
  • 18Klukowski
  • 33Byrne
  • 8MinshullSubstituted forHoweat 65'minutes
  • 4PorterSubstituted forChapmanat 58'minutes
  • 2Jackson
  • 11Zebroski
  • 14Jeffers

Substitutes

  • 1Pidgeley
  • 7Chapman
  • 9Howe
  • 17Flynn
  • 26Poole
  • 28Crow
  • 39Collins
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
8,383

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 3, Newport County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Newport County 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Luton Town 3, Newport County 0. Jake Howells (Luton Town) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Drury.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

  7. Post update

    Ross Lafayette (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jamie Stephens.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Cullen (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) with an attempt from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren Jones (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Ross Lafayette replaces Luke Rooney.

  14. Booking

    Mark Cullen (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Steve McNulty.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Darren Jones (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Mark Tyler.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.