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Luton Town 2-1 Brentford: Martin Cranie scores as Hatters earn vital win

Martin Cranie scores for Luton Town
Martin Cranie's spectacular goal was just his second for Luton since his summer move from Sheffield United

Luton Town moved off the bottom of the Championship as they got a third win in four games and dented Brentford's automatic promotion hopes after an exciting yet nervy 2-1 win at Kenilworth Road.

The Hatters got off to a great start when Luke Berry whipped in a deep free-kick which Brentford defender Shandon Baptiste turned into his own net inside the first 10 minutes.

After weathering a barrage of Brentford chances Town got a second in first-half stoppage time as Martin Cranie smashed a shot into the top corner after Berry's free-kick was not properly cleared.

Both sides had more chances to score after the break, but it was Brentford's top scorer Ollie Watkins who pulled a goal back with nine minutes left when he slotted in from close range following Mads Roerslev's cut-back.

Luton moved two points above Barnsley into 23rd place and four points from safety, although they have played a game more than all their relegation rivals.

Brentford dropped to fifth in the table, six points off second-placed Leeds United, who have a game in hand.

After Luton's opener Brentford failed to convert a series of excellent chances - Watkins, Said Benrahma and Josh Dasilva all had efforts saved by Simon Sluga.

Berry's free-kicks were the danger point for Luton. The Hatters almost went two goals ahead before they eventually did get a second - although Bees goalkeeper David Raya felt he was fouled in the build-up to Cranie's goal, his first since the opening day of the season.

Both sides desperately tried to score as an entertaining the second half unfolded - Sluga made saves from Bryan Mbeumo and Benrahma, while Watkins also went close twice, and Luton's Harry Cornick had a number of good efforts and forced Raya into an excellent save with 25 minutes left.

Watkins' goal ensured Luton fans, who had seen their side win just one of the 12 games they had played prior to their current good run, had a nerve-wracking end to the evening as Benrahma curled an effort inches wide in the last minute and an Ethan Pinnock attempt was hacked off the line after a stoppage-time scramble in the Town area.

Luton manager Graeme Jones told BBC Three Counties:

"Our level of performance has been there for a long time but tonight we had to win in a different way because we couldn't take Brentford on, we had too many injuries.

"The character of the players, their energy, to a man they were exceptional.

"Brentford are an outstanding football team and that was a high level from us and we won the game with our character, intelligence and off the ball press."

Brentford boss Thomas Frank told BBC Radio London:

"We definitely didn't play at our normal high level. We started well and then the goal changed the momentum of the game.

"We needed to do better. After the goal we struggled and it was back and forth for 20 minutes but by the final 10 minutes [of the second half] we were back on top.

"In the second half we started badly and we built pressure at the end of the game. We scored one goal and came close to a comeback but this is the Championship and we knew it would be difficult against Luton."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 12Sluga
  • 2Cranie
  • 6Pearson
  • 18Carter-Vickers
  • 3PottsBooked at 90mins
  • 16ReaBooked at 27mins
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 8Berry
  • 19Collins
  • 14CornickSubstituted forHyltonat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stech
  • 7McManaman
  • 9Hylton
  • 11Shinnie
  • 20Moncur
  • 22Bolton
  • 26Bree

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 6NørgaardBooked at 25minsSubstituted forMarcondesat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Pinnock
  • 35Rasmussen
  • 14Dasilva
  • 26BaptisteSubstituted forValencia Castilloat 72'minutes
  • 3Henry
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 63'minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 10Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 17Marcondes
  • 21Dervisoglu
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 28Daniels
  • 31Zamburek
  • 32Racic
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
10,008

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home10
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away11
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 2, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 2, Brentford 1.

Booking

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

César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dan Potts (Luton Town).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Glen Rea.

Attempt blocked. Ethan Pinnock (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu.

Attempt missed. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Cranie (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Danny Hylton replaces Harry Cornick.

Foul by Ethan Pinnock (Brentford).

Harry Cornick (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Saïd Benrahma (Brentford).

Glen Rea (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Mads Roerslev Rasmussen (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rico Henry with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 2, Brentford 1. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mads Roerslev Rasmussen with a cross.

Mads Roerslev Rasmussen (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Cornick (Luton Town).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Dan Potts.

Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dan Potts (Luton Town).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu.

Mads Roerslev Rasmussen (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. César Joel Valencia Castillo replaces Shandon Baptiste.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Dan Potts.

Attempt blocked. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Cameron Carter-Vickers (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Berry.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

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

Attempt saved. Harry Cornick (Luton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Berry.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Dasilva with a cross.

Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dan Potts (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Tariqe Fosu-Henry replaces Bryan Mbeumo.

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom351912464362869
2Leeds34188849301962
3Nottm Forest351611846331359
4Fulham34169948371157
5Brentford351681157312656
6Preston35168114940956
7Bristol City35158124951-253
8Blackburn341491150401051
9Swansea34131294442251
10Cardiff35121494848050
11Millwall34121394039149
12QPR35137155359-646
13Sheff Wed34129134441345
14Derby351112124348-545
15Birmingham34129134552-745
16Reading34119144138342
17Hull34118154853-541
18Charlton34109154448-439
19Huddersfield35109164156-1539
20Stoke34114194353-1037
21Middlesbrough34813133444-1037
22Wigan34810163450-1634
23Luton35103224270-2833
24Barnsley34710174158-1731
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