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Luton Town 2-0 Coventry City: Hatters heap further pressure on struggling Sky Blues

All January window signing Elijah Adebayo's three goals to date for Luton Town have come at Kenilworth Road
All January window signing Elijah Adebayo's three goals to date for Luton Town have come at Kenilworth Road

Luton Town cruised to victory over Championship strugglers Coventry City, who played with 10 men at Kenilworth Road for more than half the match.

James Bree volleyed in Harry Cornick's 23rd-minute cross before visiting defender Kyle McFadzean was shown a straight red card on 41 minutes for handling Cornick's shot on the line.

Elijah Adebayo converted the penalty and, from then on, Luton stayed on top.

Coventry's defeat keeps them just six points above the relegation zone.

The Sky Blues came into this fixture having won just twice in 10 games, and Luton tried to capitalise on any lack of confidence by starting positively.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's free-kick from out wide was sliced onto his own post by Coventry's Maxime Biamou before McFadzean's clearance also struck the woodwork in a frantic opening.

Two minutes later it was the visitors' turn to hit the goal frame at the other end when Biamou, one-on-one with Luton keeper Simon Sluga, curled an effort against the inside of the post.

Once Luton took the lead it was one-way traffic, as the Coventry woodwork was tested for a third time in the 50th minute when Sky Blues defender Sam McCallum headed Dewsbury-Hall's corner against his own bar.

Leo Skiri Ostigard then cleared a Ryan Tunnicliffe effort off the line after 70 minutes, while Jordan Clark had a fierce strike kept out by Ben Wilson from a tight angle.

Nathan Jones' side were untroubled in the closing stages as they rose to 13th in the Championship table, while Coventry stay 20th.

Coventry boss Mark Robins said afterwards that City are likely to appeal against the handball decision which earned Luton their killer second goal - in the hope that the red-carded McFadzean may not have to serve an automatic suspension.

Luton manager Nathan Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We got away with one when they hit the post. But performance level, on the whole we were excellent.

"Once they went down to 10 men, we were really dominant. For me, it was a red card. It was clearly a penalty. We're just delighted it was given.

"Some of our play was wonderful. But we need to be more clinical, that's something we need to get better at."

Coventry City boss Mark Robins:

"Having seen it, Kyle McFadzean was adamant it wasn't handball. It looks like his shoulder.

"From the referee's perspective in real time the body movement might have made it look like he handballed it but the referee was guessing on a few things.

"That is disappointing because it has cost us, really. I think it is worth an appeal."

Line-ups

Luton

Formation 3-5-2

  • 12Sluga
  • 6PearsonBooked at 90mins
  • 16Rea
  • 24Naismith
  • 26Bree
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 18Clark
  • 7CornickSubstituted forCollinsat 81'minutes
  • 29AdebayoSubstituted forNombeat 81'minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 2Cranie
  • 8Berry
  • 14Moncur
  • 19Collins
  • 25LuaLua
  • 27Nombe
  • 28Morrell
  • 39Ince

Coventry

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 13Wilson
  • 2Østigard
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 41mins
  • 15Hyam
  • 23DaboSubstituted forDa Costaat 62'minutes
  • 38HamerSubstituted forSheafat 62'minutes
  • 6Kelly
  • 25James
  • 21McCallum
  • 11O'HareSubstituted forGoddenat 72'minutes
  • 9BiamouSubstituted forWalkerat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Marosi
  • 8Allen
  • 12Gyökeres
  • 14Sheaf
  • 16Pask
  • 19Walker
  • 24Godden
  • 26Shipley
  • 29Da Costa
Referee:
Steve Martin

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 2, Coventry City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 2, Coventry City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Collins (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Nombe (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

  5. Booking

    Matty Pearson (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Tyler Walker (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Bree (Luton Town).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Collins (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu.

  10. Post update

    Leo Østigard (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Julien Da Costa (Coventry City).

  13. Post update

    Jordan Clark (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Coventry City. Tyler Walker tries a through ball, but Matt Godden is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Matt Godden (Coventry City).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Leo Østigard (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Luton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  20. Post update

    Leo Østigard (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

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1Norwich36247553262779
2Watford37219752262672
3Swansea36209745281769
4Brentford361910764382667
5Reading361871150381261
6Barnsley36187114539661
7Bournemouth3716111055371859
8Middlesbrough37168134638856
9Cardiff3715101254371755
10Millwall36111693533249
11Stoke371213124142-149
12Bristol City36153183948-948
13Luton36138153041-1147
14QPR351210133540-546
15Blackburn36128164941844
16Preston37135193948-944
17Nottm Forest361011152935-641
18Huddersfield36118174051-1141
19Derby371010172741-1440
20Coventry36911163248-1638
21Birmingham36811172646-2035
22Rotherham3395193647-1132
23Sheff Wed3597192545-2028
24Wycombe3668222458-3426
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