League Two
LutonLuton Town1CarlisleCarlisle United0

Mark Cullen's 12th goal of the season saw off Carlisle United and moved Luton Town within a point of the top three.

The hosts went ahead when Cullen took Matt Robinson's astute pass in his stride and drilled in a left-foot shot.

Town had centre-back Luke Wilkinson sent off for bringing down Antony Sweeney, but Andy Drury almost made it 2-0 when his volley hit the woodwork.

Carlisle went close late on when David Amoo and Danny Grainger blazed shots over when well-placed.

Luton leapfrogged Southend into fourth, while Carlisle remain just three points clear of the relegation zone in 19th.

Meanwhile the Hatters announced that midfielder Cameron McGeehan had returned on loan from Norwich City until the end of the season.

Luton Town boss John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I'm really pleased with how we played until that sending off. In that last bit we had to show the other side of our game, the qualities of being competitive and being disciplined. I'm really pleased.

"In that last half hour I thought Jayden Stockley was magnificent. He chased everything, he held on to everything and he competed for everything. He's a loan player so that tells you something about the spirit of the club.

"I'm fortunate that I have good contacts, like young Nathan Doyle coming in from Tottenham until the end of the season. It's those young ambitious players that can carry the club a long way."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 22Harriman
  • 2Franks
  • 30WilkinsonBooked at 66mins
  • 12Griffiths
  • 31OduwaSubstituted forLaceyat 67'minutes
  • 4Smith
  • 23RobinsonSubstituted forRuddockat 76'minutes
  • 8Drury
  • 25StockleyBooked at 81mins
  • 13CullenSubstituted forHowellsat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Lacey
  • 11Howells
  • 16Justham
  • 17Ruddock
  • 20Whalley
  • 21Guttridge
  • 27Hall

Carlisle

  • 20Hanford
  • 31Young
  • 6Archibald-HenvilleBooked at 90mins
  • 23O'Hanlon
  • 2Grainger
  • 22Dempsey
  • 15Meppen-WalterSubstituted forPottsat 60'minutes
  • 34GriffithSubstituted forAmooat 45'minutes
  • 8SweeneyBooked at 72mins
  • 21RiggSubstituted forBeckat 73'minutes
  • 26Wyke

Substitutes

  • 7Amoo
  • 11Kearns
  • 16Potts
  • 17Beck
  • 18Brough
  • 25Asamoah
  • 33Eccles
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
8,502

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamCarlisle
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 1, Carlisle United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Carlisle United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Grainger (Carlisle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Amoo (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  5. Booking

    Troy Archibald-Henville (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Troy Archibald-Henville (Carlisle United).

  8. Post update

    Fraser Franks (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Mark Beck (Carlisle United).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Jake Howells replaces Mark Cullen.

  11. Booking

    Jayden Stockley (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mark Cullen (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Mark Cullen.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Pelly Ruddock replaces Matt Robinson.

  16. Post update

    Andy Drury (Luton Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Carlisle United. Mark Beck replaces Steven Rigg.

  18. Booking

    Antony Sweeney (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Matt Robinson (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Antony Sweeney (Carlisle United).