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Preston North End 0-1 Luton Town: Daniel Iversen own goal gives Hatters three points

Luton score a goal
Luton won for the fourth time in six games in the Championship

An own goal from Preston goalkeeper Daniel Iversen was enough to extend their poor run after a narrow home defeat by Luton.

The Hatters forced the best chances of an uneventful game at Deepdale and found a winner inside the final 10 minutes when Iversen saved Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's header, but James Collins' rebound went in off the goalkeeper.

Luton goalkeeper Simon Sluga preserved the lead with only three minutes remaining with a diving save to keep out Sean Maguire's header.

Preston have now won only once in nine matches to crash out of the Championship play-off race.

Manager Alex Neil made five changes from Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough but it failed to spark any improvement from his side.

Until Maguire's late chance there was very little to show for Preston with Maguire having a shot from a narrow angle comfortably saved and second-half substitute Brad Potts seeing a late effort deflected wide.

Luton were much the livelier team with a half-chance for Elijah Adebayo on his left foot well blocked and a shot from Dewsbury-Hall saved low by Iversen.

The Preston goalkeeper then produced an excellent stop after the break, diving to his left to palm away Adebayo's header from James Bree's cross.

But Iversen couldn't keep out Collins' late effort as Luton claimed a first win at Deepdale since 1971.

A second consecutive victory for Nathan Jones' side, following Tuesday's 2-0 win over Coventry, saw them reach 50 points to almost certainly seal another season in the Championship.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"The basics at the moment we're finding difficult to do and that makes it extremely difficult to win any football match.

"I don't think it's for a lack of effort, the boys ran about and really tried but we're just not doing well enough.

"I haven't got a Scooby-Doo what my best team is because what I get from one week to the next, god knows."

Luton Town manger Nathan Jones told BBC Three Counties:

"I'm delighted because I came back around this time last year and since then the group have been absolutely outstanding.

"We're establishing ourselves as a Championship side and we've had targets of where we want to be and we're hitting every single one.

"We've kept moving forward and that's what we've got to keep doing because we feel we should be higher in the league."

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Iversen
  • 2van den Berg
  • 14Storey
  • 6Lindsay
  • 15Rafferty
  • 17Whiteman
  • 18LedsonSubstituted forGallagherat 86'minutes
  • 31SinclairSubstituted forMaguireat 67'minutes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forBodinat 81'minutes
  • 42GordonSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 67'minutes
  • 26EvansSubstituted forPottsat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Gallagher
  • 19Riis Jakobsen
  • 21Molumby
  • 23Huntington
  • 24Maguire
  • 25Ripley
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 39Bodin
  • 44Potts

Luton

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 12Sluga
  • 26Bree
  • 6Pearson
  • 24Naismith
  • 18Clark
  • 16Rea
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 4TunnicliffeSubstituted forInceat 71'minutes
  • 29AdebayoSubstituted forNombeat 76'minutes
  • 7CornickSubstituted forCollinsat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 2Cranie
  • 8Berry
  • 15Lockyer
  • 19Collins
  • 25LuaLua
  • 27Nombe
  • 28Morrell
  • 39Ince
Referee:
Thomas Bramall

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 0, Luton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Luton Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Luton Town. Simon Sluga tries a through ball, but Sam Nombe is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Luton Town. Jordan Clark tries a through ball, but Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

  6. Post update

    Brad Potts (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Nombe (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu following a fast break.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by James Bree.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sepp van den Berg (Preston North End).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Lindsay (Preston North End) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Ryan Ledson.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kal Naismith.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Maguire.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Preston North End. Joseph Rafferty tries a through ball, but Sean Maguire is caught offside.

  17. Goal!

    Own Goal by Daniel Iversen, Preston North End. Preston North End 0, Luton Town 1.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Collins (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Luton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich38258556272983
2Watford38229755262975
3Swansea37209845291669
4Brentford371911765392668
5Barnsley38197124942764
6Reading381881252411162
7Bournemouth3716111055371859
8Cardiff3816101255371858
9Middlesbrough38168144639756
10Millwall381216103836252
11Stoke381313124242052
12QPR371311133943-450
13Luton37148153141-1050
14Bristol City38154193950-1149
15Blackburn381210165042846
16Preston38135203949-1044
17Nottm Forest381012163038-842
18Huddersfield37119174152-1142
19Derby381010182742-1540
20Coventry37912163248-1639
21Birmingham38911182850-2238
22Rotherham34105193847-935
23Sheff Wed37108192847-1932
24Wycombe3869232561-3627
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