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Luton Town 1-2 Nottingham Forest: Lewis Grabban & Sammy Ameobi fire Reds into top six

Sammy Ameobi.
Sammy Ameobi's goal against Luton was his second for Nottingham Forest since joining from Bolton in the summer

Goals from Lewis Grabban and Sammy Ameobi moved Nottingham Forest back into the play-off places as they condemned struggling Luton Town to a third consecutive defeat.

Grabban rewarded Forest's first-half superiority by collecting Tiago Silva's through ball to slot coolly past Hatters goalkeeper James Shea just before the break.

Ameobi was given time and space to control Joe Lolley's cross before finding the bottom corner to seal the points for Sabri Lamouchi's side in the second half.

Luton pulled one back late on as Callum McManaman curled a fine strike past Forest keeper Brice Samba but the Hatters slip to 21st, just two points above the bottom three.

Forest, like Luton, had lost their previous two games, with defeats to Wigan and Hull threatening to undermine the promising start they had made under Frenchman Lamouchi.

Prior to that, Forest - who climbed to fifth with victory - had gone 10 Championship games unbeaten and they returned to that sort of form at Kenilworth Road.

Grabban could have had a first-half hat-trick, twice drilling decent openings wide before opening the scoring with a composed finish for his sixth goal of the season.

Forest eased off after Ameobi doubled their lead and Luton could have rescued a point had lively substitute Kazenga Lua Lua not fired just wide shortly after McManaman halved the deficit.

The Hatters were also twice denied by marginal offside calls, the referee's assistant ruling out Dan Potts' first-half effort and James Collins' second-half header.

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones:

"I could easily hide behind 70 per cent possession and two offside goals disallowed - Kaz (Kazenga LuaLua) was unlucky, Callum (McManaman) scored a great goal - but I'm not going to.

"I was disappointed with the performance, the first time I've been really disappointed. The performance wasn't good enough.

"It was a totally different challenge to the one we've had previously in the Championship. We had Nottingham Forest and we need to mark how far we've come at times.

"Former two-times European Cup winners, sit in and play on the counter attack at Luton and I think we struggled for craft and creativity to break that down.

"If you think about the last three games, the challenges are there for all to see, but we'll stick our shoulders out and relish it."

Nottingham forest manager Sabri Lamouchi:

"After two losses and a bad moment, it was a good result.

"I'm so happy for the performance because we deserved the victory. We created a lot and we missed the last touch to score more in the first half.

"We had the right performance and attitude about the plan, so I'm so happy for the players. It was important because we lost our last games by just one mistake.

"We have quality but without this attitude, aggression and discipline, it's a different game. So it's good for the future."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 36Shea
  • 26BreeSubstituted forBoltonat 70'minutes
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 3Potts
  • 2Cranie
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 24BrownSubstituted forLuaLuaat 33'minutes
  • 19Collins
  • 14CornickSubstituted forMcManamanat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McManaman
  • 11Shinnie
  • 12Sluga
  • 22Bolton
  • 25LuaLua
  • 28Jones
  • 29Butterfield

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 11Cash
  • 4WorrallBooked at 69mins
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 2Ribeiro
  • 8Watson
  • 28Silva
  • 22Yates
  • 23LolleySubstituted forRobinsonat 83'minutes
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forMirat 90+2'minutes
  • 19AmeobiSubstituted forAdomahat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Carvalho
  • 14Mir
  • 18Robinson
  • 36Chema
  • 37Adomah
  • 40Johnson
  • 49Muric
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
10,053

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 1, Nottingham Forest 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Nottingham Forest 2.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah tries a through ball, but Rafa Mir is caught offside.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Rafa Mir replaces Lewis Grabban.

Foul by Luke Bolton (Luton Town).

Yuri Ribeiro (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dan Potts.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 1, Nottingham Forest 2. Callum McManaman (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town).

Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jack Robinson replaces Joe Lolley.

Offside, Luton Town. Matty Pearson tries a through ball, but James Collins is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Callum McManaman (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

Foul by Luke Bolton (Luton Town).

Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Brice Samba.

Attempt saved. Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matty Pearson.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Yuri Ribeiro.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Sammy Ameobi.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Bolton replaces James Bree.

Booking

Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Matty Pearson (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Callum McManaman.

Callum McManaman (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yuri Ribeiro (Nottingham Forest).

Offside, Luton Town. Dan Potts tries a through ball, but James Collins is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yuri Ribeiro.

Attempt blocked. Matty Pearson (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Callum McManaman (Luton Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds158431981128
2Swansea158432014628
3West Brom147612617927
4Preston1474327161125
5Nottm Forest147431913625
6Bristol City156722421325
7Sheff Wed157351912724
8Fulham156542317623
9QPR157262428-423
10Charlton146442116522
11Hull156452320322
12Birmingham157171620-422
13Brentford156361813521
14Cardiff155642322121
15Derby155641820-221
16Blackburn155371922-318
17Millwall154651721-418
18Huddersfield154471721-416
19Reading144371620-415
20Wigan154381321-815
21Luton154292227-514
22Middlesbrough152671119-812
23Barnsley151681429-159
24Stoke1422101325-128
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