League Two
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Luton Town 1-2 Portsmouth

Matt Tubbs
Matt Tubbs doubled his tally for the season with Portsmouth's winning goal

Matt Tubbs' late goal ensured Portsmouth kept their unbeaten record in League Two as they recorded a first win at Luton since October 1992.

Gareth Evans hammered Pompey into an early lead after the Hatters defence failed to deal with a cross.

Luton were level through Craig Mackail-Smith's penalty after Josh McQuoid was fouled by Nigel Atangana.

But Tubbs sent Pompey up to fourth in the division as he put away the rebound after Conor Chaplin's shot was saved.

Luton Manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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John Still: Luton Town boss on Portsmouth loss

"It was a good run, it was a penalty. How your goals come isn't important, it's important you score goals.

"Both teams played well. Different Styles. They want to keep it short and move it around. We like to play a bit faster. Our counter-attack was terrific.

"I'm not downhearted. The last tow games we've looked a touch more like the team I think we are. We're a bit behind on points but not that many."

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Solent:

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Cook on Luton v Portsmouth

"I didn't think we played well. We weren't happy at half time, we started the game in total control and scored a good goal but then got sloppy.

"At the moment we are lucky enough to have good momentum and long may it continue.

"All in all we are really pleased with the points. But like I say all the time, just move on."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 16Justham
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 6Cuthbert
  • 30WilkinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 12Griffiths
  • 10HallSubstituted forRuddockat 82'minutes
  • 4SmithBooked at 12mins
  • 25O'BrienSubstituted forLeeat 45'minutes
  • 8McGeehanBooked at 73mins
  • 22Mackail-SmithSubstituted forMarriottat 71'minutes
  • 23McQuoid

Substitutes

  • 1Tyler
  • 5McNulty
  • 11Green
  • 14Marriott
  • 15McCourt
  • 17Ruddock
  • 19Lee

Portsmouth

  • 24Murphy
  • 2Davies
  • 6Burgess
  • 20Clarke
  • 3Stevens
  • 8Doyle
  • 25Atangana
  • 26Evans
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forMcGurkat 82'minutes
  • 23BennettSubstituted forChaplinat 75'minutes
  • 17StockleySubstituted forTubbsat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 4Webster
  • 7McGurk
  • 9Tubbs
  • 19Chaplin
  • 29Hollands
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
9,083

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 1, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Portsmouth 2.

Booking

Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town).

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 1, Portsmouth 2. Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town).

Ben Davies (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Attempt blocked. Jack Marriott (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Pelly Ruddock replaces Ryan Hall.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Adam McGurk replaces Gary Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Scott Cuthbert (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

Attempt missed. Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Kyle Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Matt Tubbs replaces Jayden Stockley.

Booking

Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jack Marriott replaces Craig Mackail-Smith.

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Cameron McGeehan.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jonathan Smith.

Attempt blocked. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town).

Foul by Craig Mackail-Smith (Luton Town).

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Craig Mackail-Smith (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

Attempt blocked. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Olly Lee (Luton Town).

Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

Attempt missed. Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Craig Mackail-Smith (Luton Town).

Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient55001331015
2Plymouth5401103712
3Wycombe532071611
4Portsmouth5320105511
5Oxford Utd52309549
6Hartlepool53027619
7Bristol Rovers53025419
8Mansfield52216428
9Cambridge52219818
10Morecambe52128717
11Northampton52125507
12Wimbledon521267-17
13Exeter521268-27
14Crawley51315326
15Accrington51314406
16Carlisle51311012-26
17Stevenage512258-35
18Barnet511337-44
19York511337-44
20Notts County5113510-54
21Yeovil510459-43
22Luton502369-32
23Dag & Red5023410-62
24Newport5014410-61
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