League Two
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Luton Town 3-0 Hartlepool United

Hartlepool remain outside the League Two relegation zone despite falling to a third successive defeat at Luton.

The Hatters, who are only outside the play-off places on goal difference, went in front when Cameron McGeehan headed home.

Jake Howells doubled their lead from the penalty spot after Shaun Whalley was tripped in the area.

Elliot Justham did well to keep out Marlon Harewood's deflected free-kick before Scott Griffiths made it 3-0.

Pools are one point above 23rd-placed Cheltenham and host play-off hopefuls Exeter City next week.

John Still's side travel to Southend, who still have a chance of securing automatic promotion.

Luton Town coach Terry Harris told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was a fantastic start, we knew today was an important game. We said let's be in the mix for next Saturday, one game at a time.

"We did play with a tempo, certainly in the second half it was difficult to keep the tempo, especially when we were 2-0 up anyway. Once we got the third goal it sort of killed the game.

"That bad run, when it comes, is like a runaway train at times. Keep playing through it and it will turn. And I think it has. We haven't conceded now for three or four games."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 16Justham
  • 22Harriman
  • 5McNulty
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 12Griffiths
  • 20WhalleySubstituted forHallat 75'minutes
  • 4Smith
  • 50McGeehan
  • 11HowellsSubstituted forGuttridgeat 82'minutes
  • 38LeeSubstituted forMillerat 87'minutes
  • 13Cullen

Substitutes

  • 6Lacey
  • 10Wall
  • 19Miller
  • 21Guttridge
  • 27Hall
  • 40Kinsella
  • 41King

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 21Duckworth
  • 20Jones
  • 26Harrison
  • 2AustinBooked at 43mins
  • 7Franks
  • 16FeatherstoneBooked at 90mins
  • 31Tshibola
  • 17FenwickSubstituted forJonesat 64'minutes
  • 24HugillSubstituted forNelson-Addyat 77'minutes
  • 9Harewood

Substitutes

  • 4Bates
  • 8Walker
  • 12Parnaby
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Nelson-Addy
  • 19Richards
  • 27Jones
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
8,231

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 3, Hartlepool United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Hartlepool United 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Luke Guttridge (Luton Town).

  4. Post update

    Jordan Jones (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Booking

    Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Hall (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Ricky Miller replaces Elliot Lee.

  10. Post update

    Luke Guttridge (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town).

  13. Post update

    Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Dan Jones.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Guttridge replaces Jake Howells because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ryan Hall.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Ebby Nelson-Addy replaces Jordan Hugill.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Ryan Hall replaces Shaun Whalley.

  19. Post update

    Elliot Lee (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton442610863362788
2Shrewsbury442681066293786
3Wycombe442215764422281
4Bury432471257391879
5Southend432212951351678
6Stevenage441912136152969
7Plymouth4418111550351565
8Luton441811155243965
9Newport441711164953-462
10Northampton44187196456861
11Exeter441613155862-461
12Morecambe441512174951-257
13Wimbledon441415155357-457
14Dag & Red44168205357-456
15Oxford Utd441316154749-255
16Portsmouth441314174952-353
17Accrington441411195672-1653
18Cambridge441312195961-251
19York441118154548-351
20Carlisle44147235370-1749
21Mansfield44139223658-2248
22Hartlepool44118253466-3241
23Cheltenham44913223965-2640
24Tranmere44912234363-2039
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