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Exeter City 2-3 Luton Town

Paul Benson bundles home Luton Town's 100th-minute winner
Paul Benson bundled home Luton Town's 100th-minute winner

Managerless Luton Town controversially came away with a win at Exeter City.

Paul Benson scored in the 10th minute of stoppage time after Exeter felt the forward kicked the ball out of goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik's hands on his way to getting the winner.

Cameron McGeehan's penalty and a goal from Danny Green gave the Hatters a two-goal lead at half-time.

But Tom Nichols' stunning free-kick made it 2-1 before Alex Nicholls levelled with a header.

The match was the first since Luton sacked John Still earlier this week, with the win ending a four-game losing streak.

The Hatters move up to 13th place in League Two, one spot behind Exeter.

Luton caretaker boss told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I really enjoyed the build up to the game. After a tough week, it is always difficult no matter what the circumstances are.

I'm not looking any further ahead than Wycombe right now, we will train properly and I will prepare them like we always have."

"I thought, first half, we executed the game plan brilliantly. Exeter caused us problems, they have only lost at home once this season, so fair play to our lads. They stuck at the game in difficult conditions, and maybe we could have won 4-2 in the end."

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 11Davies
  • 26Tillson
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 31GrantBooked at 33mins
  • 8OakleySubstituted forWatkinsat 60'minutes
  • 14Nicholls
  • 10Holmes
  • 20Nichols
  • 18ReidSubstituted forMorrisonat 60'minutesBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 5McAllister
  • 13Morrison
  • 19Oyeleke
  • 21Hamon
  • 23McCready
  • 29Watkins
  • 36Egan

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 20Long
  • 6Cuthbert
  • 18Okuonghae
  • 40HowellsSubstituted forGriffithsat 65'minutes
  • 19Lee
  • 7Lawless
  • 22Mackail-SmithSubstituted forMcQuoidat 72'minutes
  • 8McGeehanBooked at 90mins
  • 11GreenSubstituted forMarriottat 90'minutes
  • 9Benson

Substitutes

  • 12Griffiths
  • 14Marriott
  • 16Justham
  • 21Guttridge
  • 23McQuoid
  • 36Justin
  • 37Musonda
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
3,777

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home11
Away5
Corners
Home18
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Luton Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Luton Town 3.

Booking

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

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Luton Town 3. Paul Benson (Luton Town) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Attempt saved. Jack Marriott (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Scott Griffiths.

Attempt blocked. Arron Davies (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Sean Long.

Attempt saved. Clinton Morrison (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jack Marriott replaces Danny Green.

Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town).

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Foul by Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City).

Olly Lee (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Mark Tyler.

Attempt saved. Alex Nicholls (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Cameron McGeehan.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Olly Lee.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Luton Town 2. Alex Nicholls (Exeter City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lee Holmes with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Cameron McGeehan.

Attempt saved. Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Exeter City).

Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

Paul Benson (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Scott Griffiths.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Josh McQuoid replaces Craig Mackail-Smith.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 1, Luton Town 2. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Cuthbert (Luton Town).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

Joel Grant (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Scott Griffiths replaces Jake Howells because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Exeter City).

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

goal

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