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Luton Town 1-2 West Bromwich Albion: Grady Diangana's quickfire double helps Baggies beat Hatters

Grady Diangana
Grady Diangana, who made his Baggies debut in the Carabao Cup in midweek, only signed from West Ham on deadline day

Substitute Grady Diangana scored twice within six minutes of coming on for his West Bromwich Albion league debut to help beat Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

Promoted Luton looked on course for their first win when Harry Cornick scored after 15 minute with a flying header from right-back Martin Cranie's cross.

But Diangana turned the game by becoming the first Baggies player to score a brace on their league debut since John Hartson against Hull City in August 2006.

After coming on at half-time for Kyle Edwards, Diangana was fed by Romaine Sawyers following a poor clearance and sidestepped nicely before firing in left-footed from more than 20 yards.

Diangana then reacted sharply to head in Filip Krovinovic's deflected shot for his second to ruin the afternoon for new Luton manager Graeme Jones.

It was the former Baggies assistant manager's first meeting with Albion since both he and head coach Darren Moore were sacked by the club in March.

And a disappointing result, which leaves Luton with just one point from three games, could have been worse if Charlie Austin had not hit the inside of the post late in the game, shortly after coming on.

Albion are one of five teams with seven points after three games, having again come from behind to win 2-1 as they did on the opening day at Nottingham Forest.

They have won their opening two away league matches for the first time since 2009-10, when they went on to win promotion from the Championship.

The Baggies ended Luton's 28-game unbeaten home league record, the Hatters having not been beaten at Kenilworth Road since losing 2-1 to Accrington Stanley back in their League Two days in March 2018.

Luton now face three successive away games - at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, Barnsley next Saturday and then Cardiff City in the Carabao Cup.

Albion host Reading at home on Wednesday, before Saturday's trip to Derby.

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Looking at the first half, if you'd thought one of the two sides was an ex-Premier League side, you'd have said it was us.

"We dominated the ball in the first 45 minutes. We showed in that first half that we're good enough.

"But we dropped off and gave them the space and Diangana then made a difference for West Brom.

"You earn the right to score and they did with their intent when they put him on. But West Brom didn't score two goals. We gave them two goals."

West Bromwich Albion head coach Slaven Bilic told BBC WM:

"A great three points. Luton are a good team, with a brave manager who likes to play football.

"We weren't brave enough in the first half, The final ball and the movement was not there. We needed a bit of spark and we got it from Grady.

"We had help from a deflection for Grady's second goal, but you have to be there to benefit and in the first half we weren't.

"Grady did exactly what I wanted. He helped the team and the team helped him."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 12Sluga
  • 2Cranie
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 3PottsBooked at 65mins
  • 17MpanzuSubstituted forShinnieat 75'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 29Butterfield
  • 7McManamanSubstituted forBrownat 53'minutes
  • 14CornickSubstituted forLuaLuaat 53'minutes
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 10Lee
  • 11Shinnie
  • 20Moncur
  • 24Brown
  • 25LuaLua
  • 26Bree
  • 36Shea

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 36Ferguson
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5BartleyBooked at 21mins
  • 3Gibbs
  • 19Sawyers
  • 8Livermore
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forCosta Pereiraat 74'minutes
  • 7Krovinovic
  • 21EdwardsSubstituted forDianganaat 45'minutes
  • 9ZohoreSubstituted forAustinat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Brunt
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 14Townsend
  • 15Austin
  • 23Bond
  • 27O'Shea
  • 29Diangana
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
10,059

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away23
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 1, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

Offside, Luton Town. Simon Sluga tries a through ball, but James Collins is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.

Booking

Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town).

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Nathan Ferguson.

Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Grady Diangana.

Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town).

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Cranie (Luton Town).

Foul by Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion).

Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Charlie Austin replaces Kenneth Zohore.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Andrew Shinnie replaces Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matheus Pereira replaces Matt Phillips.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kazenga LuaLua with a cross.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

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

Attempt missed. James Collins (Luton Town) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu.

Booking

Dan Potts (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dan Potts (Luton Town).

Foul by Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion).

James Collins (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Phillips.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jacob Butterfield.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Collins.

Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dan Potts (Luton Town).

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Dan Potts (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds32106247
2Charlton32107437
3West Brom32105327
4Swansea32105327
5Millwall32103127
6Sheff Wed32015236
7Fulham32014226
8Derby31204315
9Nottm Forest31115324
10Hull31114404
11Bristol City31114404
12Brentford31112204
13QPR311134-14
14Barnsley311134-14
15Birmingham311124-24
16Preston31025413
17Cardiff21014403
18Blackburn310224-23
19Wigan310237-43
20Luton301257-21
21Middlesbrough301235-21
22Huddersfield301235-21
23Stoke301247-31
24Reading200225-30
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