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Luton Town 1-2 Barnsley: Daryl Dike double downs Hatters

Daryl Dike scores his second goal
Daryl Dike's quick reactions for his second goal took his tally to seven goals in 13 Championship appearances for Barnsley

Barnsley's United States striker Daryl Dike scored twice and missed a penalty as the Tykes consolidated fifth place in the Championship with victory at Luton Town.

January loan-signing Dike blasted a low shot past Luton goalkeeper Simon Sluga before the break after being put through by Cauley Woodrow's lovely pass.

The Orlando City-loanee got his second after an hour when he reacted quickest from six yards after Sluga fumbled Woodrow's low shot from the edge of the box.

Dike should have had a hat-trick after he was brought down for a penalty, but Sluga saved his spot-kick, and the rebound, before Luton went straight up the other end and scored through James Collins.

A 10th win in 13 games consolidated the play-off hopes of Valerian Ismael's side, who hold a three-point gap between themselves and seventh-placed Bournemouth.

Luton remain in 15th place and have a 10-point cushion to the bottom three with seven games to play.

Barnsley deservedly led at half-time after Sluga did well to save from Callum Brittain, while Woodrow headed over the bar as the Tykes had the better of the possession and attacking intent.

Luton's best chance of the first half came when Sluga's long ball found Elijah Adebayo whose cross saw both Ryan Tunnicliffe and Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu have efforts blocked.

Nathan Jones' side struggled to create any clear-cut chances against a hard-working and direct Barnsley side, and Dike's second goal was almost followed by a third, but Sluga made amends for his mistake with a fine save from Callum Styles.

Jordan Clark and Kal Naismith both had chances for the hosts soon after they went 2-0 down before Dike missed a good effort for a hat-trick as Sluga saved his spot-kick.

Collins' low finish into the bottom corner ensured a nervy finish for Barnsley, with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's 88th-minute corner cleared off the line as Luton tried in vain for a late equaliser.

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I came in last year for the last nine games and, bearing in mind with nine games to spare this year we're on 50 points, you think you're in a relatively comfortable position.

"When I came in last year it was categorically different and they had a real desire to defend and to work hard and put their bodies on the line. We've had two games since we've reached 50 points where we haven't done that and we've been powderpuff in both games.

"I want us to evolve and become a better team, and we were using these last nine games to do that and see if we can do certain things.

"But I'm going back to basics now, I'm going to make sure we finish the season with points because I don't want to lose games by trying people and seeing if people are good enough.

"From now until the end of the season I'm going to see who wants to be here who wants to play for this football club, who can play for this football club and who can take us forward and I'll be ruthless with the ones who can't."

Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I think it was a forceful performance, we controlled, we dominated the opponents. Tactically we controlled everything, the opponents changed their shape three times and we were under control until the penalty, and after the penalty it was another game.

"This is the Championship, it's a mentality league and you have to deal with it, to fight, but we controlled and we got the three points and this is the most important thing.

"It was important to show a reaction after the loss against Sheffield Wednesday and the draw with Reading and now we continue to move forward, we have 68 points, it puts us in a brilliant position at the moment.

"With six games left we just have to stay focused, recover and move onto the next game."

Line-ups

Luton

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 12Sluga
  • 18Clark
  • 6Pearson
  • 24Naismith
  • 2CranieSubstituted forLuaLuaat 70'minutes
  • 4TunnicliffeSubstituted forBerryat 78'minutes
  • 16ReaSubstituted forBradleyat 45'minutesBooked at 54mins
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 27NombeSubstituted forCornickat 45'minutes
  • 29AdebayoSubstituted forCollinsat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bradley
  • 7Cornick
  • 8Berry
  • 14Moncur
  • 19Collins
  • 21Isted
  • 25LuaLua
  • 26Bree
  • 28Morrell

Barnsley

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 40Collins
  • 20Sibbick
  • 30Helik
  • 6Andersen
  • 7Brittain
  • 21PalmerSubstituted forHalmeat 57'minutes
  • 27Mowatt
  • 4Styles
  • 29AdeboyejoSubstituted forMorrisat 57'minutes
  • 9WoodrowSubstituted forFrieserat 77'minutes
  • 10Dike

Substitutes

  • 1Walton
  • 2Williams
  • 11Chaplin
  • 14Morris
  • 22Oduor
  • 24Halme
  • 26Sollbauer
  • 28Frieser
  • 34Moon
Referee:
Matt Donohue

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 1, Barnsley 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Barnsley 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominik Frieser (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Mowatt following a fast break.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dominik Frieser (Barnsley).

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

  8. Post update

    Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Luton Town. Kal Naismith tries a through ball, but Kazenga LuaLua is caught offside.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Carlton Morris (Barnsley).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sonny Bradley (Luton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Daryl Dike.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Michal Helik.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu with a cross.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Luton Town 1, Barnsley 2. James Collins (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kazenga LuaLua.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michal Helik (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Penalty saved! Daryl Dike (Barnsley) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Penalty Barnsley. Daryl Dike draws a foul in the penalty area.

  20. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Matty Pearson (Luton Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39259557282984
2Watford402310757273079
3Brentford381912766402669
4Swansea392091045311469
5Barnsley40208125244868
6Reading401991256431366
7Bournemouth3918111060382265
8Cardiff4016101455431258
9Millwall401416104137458
10Middlesbrough40169154843557
11Stoke401413134544155
12QPR391411144346-353
13Luton39148173245-1350
14Bristol City40154214055-1549
15Nottm Forest401212163439-548
16Preston40146204150-948
17Blackburn401210185045546
18Huddersfield381110174253-1143
19Derby401110193045-1543
20Coventry391012173552-1742
21Birmingham391011182950-2141
22Rotherham36105213851-1335
23Sheff Wed39118203348-1535
24Wycombe4089232961-3233
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