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Luton Town 0-0 Shrewsbury Town

Football

Ten-man Shrewsbury Town held Luton Town to a goalless draw at Kenilworth Road to remain third in League Two.

The home side were dominant even before Shrewsbury's Nat Knight-Percival's dismissal on 80 minutes for a heavy challenge, his second bookable offence.

Swiss Under-20 international Jayson Leutwiler made several vital saves for Shrewsbury, while Jake Howells hit the post in only the second minute.

Luton's point moves them up to fourth place, two points behind the visitors.

Defences on top
It was a meeting of League Two's meanest defences at Kenilworth Road. Shrewsbury have shipped just 16 goals in 25 games, while Luton have leaked only 17 - the same tally as seventh-placed Plymouth Argyle.
Shrewsbury have won just three times in 13 League One away games. But it is a different story at the Meadow where they are unbeaten, having won 10 of their 12 league matches, scoring 23 goals, while conceding just three

After Wright-Percival's red card, Luton piled on the pressure in the closing stages and Leutwiler had to touch a Mark Ellis deflection round the post.

Substitute Shaun Whalley almost grabbed a dramatic late winner for Luton but was denied by an excellent near-post save from Leutwiler, who also made a double save to block Scott Griffiths's half volley and then Andy Drury's curling effort from 20 yards.

The closest the visitors came to breaking the deadlock was when James Collins' cross forced keeper Mark Tyler to scamper to his back post and prevent the ball dipping under the bar.

Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It was a really hard-fought point, especially going down to 10 men, but it was a dogged, determined performance and I was really pleased with the way my boys dug in.

"Connor Goldson and Mark Ellis were immense at the back, as was the goalkeeper - and special praise for Cameron Gayle to step back in and give a performance like that.

"Up front we never worked their keeper too much, but on the other side - did they really work us? No."

Line-ups

Luton

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Tyler
  • 22Harriman
  • 5McNulty
  • 30WilkinsonBooked at 39mins
  • 12GriffithsSubstituted forMillerat 80'minutes
  • 15RooneySubstituted forWhalleyat 64'minutes
  • 4SmithBooked at 88mins
  • 8Drury
  • 26Doyle
  • 11Howells
  • 25Stockley

Substitutes

  • 2Franks
  • 13Cullen
  • 16Justham
  • 19Miller
  • 20Whalley
  • 23Robinson
  • 35Walker

Shrewsbury

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 5Ellis
  • 6Goldson
  • 20Knight-PercivalBooked at 70mins
  • 11Lawrence
  • 4Woods
  • 14Wesolowski
  • 12Gayle
  • 3Demetriou
  • 26Akpa-AkproSubstituted forGrantat 89'minutes
  • 9Collins

Substitutes

  • 2Grandison
  • 10Vernon
  • 16Griffith
  • 19Mangan
  • 21Halstead
  • 22Clark
  • 24Grant
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
7,666

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Whalley (Luton Town).

  5. Post update

    Mark Ellis (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shaun Whalley (Luton Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Bobby Grant replaces Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro.

  8. Booking

    Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Smith (Luton Town).

  10. Post update

    Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jayson Leutwiler.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Andy Drury (Luton Town).

  13. Post update

    Cameron Gayle (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Ricky Miller replaces Scott Griffiths.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Whalley (Luton Town).

  19. Post update

    Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 8th January 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe24138338201847
2Burton24144633231046
3Shrewsbury25136633161745
4Luton24127528171143
5Newport24127535251043
6Southend2411762420440
7Plymouth24115829171238
8Bury2411493530537
9Exeter2510783333037
10Stevenage2410593331235
11Morecambe24104102523234
12Wimbledon239683331233
13Accrington23103103437-333
14Cambridge2385103429529
15Portsmouth237792629-328
16Oxford Utd2477102631-528
17Cheltenham2477102233-1128
18York2451272628-227
19Mansfield2376101828-1027
20Northampton2474133438-425
21Dag & Red2474132636-1025
22Carlisle2473142945-1624
23Tranmere2357112330-722
24Hartlepool2435161643-2714
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