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Bristol City 3-0 Luton Town: Robins return to winning ways against Hatters

Famara Diedhou of Bristol City
Famara Diedhou (left) became Bristol City's ninth different scorer in a row at Ashton Gate with his penalty

Bristol City bounced back from a run of four straight defeats with a comfortable win over struggling Luton.

Marley Watkins, on his first appearance since 10 November, opened the scoring after just four minutes, nodding in Niclas Eliasson's cross.

Famara Diedhou doubled the lead from the penalty spot before half-time, after Kazenga LuaLua was penalised for a foul on Jack Hunt.

And Hunt, who earlier cleared a rare Luton chance off the line, created City's third, flicked in by Andreas Weimann.

Defeat for the Robins would have marked their longest losing streak in the league since their run of eight straight losses in late 2016 and early 2017.

But they never looked in danger of succumbing to Graeme Jones' Hatters from the moment Watkins converted Eliasson's delivery.

Luton keeper James Shea kept out first-half efforts from Josh Brownhill and Watkins, but his side could not offer a similar threat at the other end.

The Hatters remain in trouble following an eighth straight away league defeat.

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"From bottom to top in terms of defensive performance, today was outstanding and it gave us the platform if you like to break and to look really dangerous on the counter.

"The team brain is important. You can't afford one player (to be) out of sync. When we do play with that one brain as a team I think we're really difficult to play against.

"I'm sure one or two will come in with a bit of quality (in the January transfer window) and propel us to where we want to be."

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I'm disappointed we got off to a really difficult start. You need to show resistance and resilience to see out of those moments and to stay in the game and have a chance.

"We made it a mountain to climb from minute one.

"Maybe we were a bit short, we've got an honest group of players who today couldn't raise a gallop and couldn't fight a corner."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bentley
  • 2Hunt
  • 22Kalas
  • 29WilliamsBooked at 49mins
  • 3DasilvaSubstituted forRoweat 68'minutes
  • 8Brownhill
  • 4Nagy
  • 15WatkinsSubstituted forSmithat 80'minutes
  • 14Weimann
  • 19Eliasson
  • 9DiédhiouSubstituted forRíos Lozanoat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Smith
  • 18Semenyo
  • 23Moore
  • 25Rowe
  • 31Ríos Lozano
  • 33Mäenpää
  • 42Massengo

Luton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 36Shea
  • 22BoltonSubstituted forCranieat 45'minutes
  • 6PearsonBooked at 76mins
  • 5BradleyBooked at 58mins
  • 26Bree
  • 4TunnicliffeSubstituted forMoncurat 60'minutes
  • 8BerryBooked at 32mins
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 14Cornick
  • 19CollinsBooked at 63mins
  • 25LuaLuaSubstituted forSheehanat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stech
  • 2Cranie
  • 7McManaman
  • 11Shinnie
  • 20Moncur
  • 29Butterfield
  • 44Sheehan
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
22,216

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 3, Luton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 3, Luton Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Korey Smith.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Moncur (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Bree.

  5. Post update

    Sonny Bradley (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Rodri (Bristol City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Korey Smith following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

  9. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

  10. Post update

    Tommy Rowe (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ádám Nagy (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Rodri replaces Famara Diédhiou.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Cornick (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Sheehan.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Alan Sheehan replaces Kazenga LuaLua.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Korey Smith replaces Marley Watkins.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marley Watkins (Bristol City).

  20. Booking

    Matty Pearson (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.