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Luton Town 3-2 Portsmouth

James Collins celebrates a Luton goal
James Collins twice put Luton ahead at a snowy Kenilworth Road

George Moncur's stunning late free-kick saw Luton beat second-placed Portsmouth to go five points clear at the top of League One.

The two sides were locked at 2-2 with four minutes left, before Moncur stepped up to curl his set-piece into the bottom corner to settle a pulsating contest.

In snowy conditions, Luton had by far the better of the first half.

James Justin's 20-yarder was parried by Craig MacGillivray, Luke Berry blasted narrowly wide and Kazenga LuaLua shot straight at the visiting keeper.

Luton made the deserved breakthrough in the 39th minute when LuaLua fed Collins to find the bottom corner.

After the break, Pompey were much improved and levelled in the 51st minute, Ronan Curtis side-footing into the bottom corner, while Luton stopper James Shea made an excellent save from Bryn Morris.

Shea repelled another blast from Curtis, while Justin saw his 25-yarder flipped over by MacGillivray.

Town then retook the lead in the 77th minute when LuaLua went over under Jack Whatmough's challenge and Collins blasted home the spot-kick.

Pompey equalised two minutes later through debutant Omar Bogle, only for Moncur to win it.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Luton

  • 36Shea
  • 7Stacey
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 2Justin
  • 4McCormack
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 11ShinnieSubstituted forSheehanat 87'minutes
  • 8BerrySubstituted forPottsat 72'minutes
  • 19Collins
  • 25LuaLuaSubstituted forMoncurat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Potts
  • 20Moncur
  • 28Jones
  • 35Read
  • 40Isted
  • 44Sheehan
  • 47Tomlinson

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 2Walkes
  • 16Whatmough
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Brown
  • 7NaylorBooked at 87mins
  • 24Morris
  • 10Lowe
  • 26EvansSubstituted forDonohueat 45'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 11Curtis
  • 8PitmanSubstituted forBogleat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Burgess
  • 17Donohue
  • 18Dennis
  • 22Bogle
  • 30May
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
10,078

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 3, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Portsmouth 2.

Foul by James Justin (Luton Town).

Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Dan Potts (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Portsmouth).

Dan Potts (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bryn Morris (Portsmouth).

Dan Potts (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Anton Walkes (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Alan Sheehan replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Booking

Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 3, Portsmouth 2. George Moncur (Luton Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

George Moncur (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anton Walkes (Portsmouth).

Attempt blocked. Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. James Collins (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by James Shea.

Attempt saved. Omar Bogle (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. George Moncur replaces Kazenga LuaLua because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 2, Portsmouth 2. Omar Bogle (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamal Lowe.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 2, Portsmouth 1. James Collins (Luton Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Luton Town. Kazenga LuaLua draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

Bryn Morris (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Dan Potts replaces Luke Berry.

Foul by Luke Berry (Luton Town).

Bryn Morris (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Craig MacGillivray.

Attempt saved. James Justin (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Dion Donohue (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alan McCormack (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dion Donohue (Portsmouth).

Attempt saved. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jamal Lowe.

James Justin (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton30188458273162
2Portsmouth29176649301957
3Barnsley29168551262556
4Charlton30166847311654
5Sunderland271411248262253
6Peterborough30131074940949
7Doncaster28137851371446
8Blackpool29111083127443
9Wycombe30119104142-142
10Fleetwood30109114134739
11Coventry30116133136-539
12Southend29122153835338
13Burton29107123939037
14Scunthorpe30107133854-1637
15Accrington2899102736-936
16Walsall2998123345-1235
17Plymouth3096153852-1433
18Gillingham2995153948-932
19Shrewsbury29710123239-731
20Oxford Utd29710123746-931
21Bradford3094173651-1531
22Rochdale3087153661-2531
23Bristol Rovers2978142732-529
24Wimbledon2965182245-2323
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