Kenilworth Road has been a fortress this season for the Hatters, with Luton being undefeated at home, and last Saturday the visitors Fleetwood Town were handed the same fate as many teams in the division have after playing there – defeat.
Joey Barton’s men arrived with an air of expectancy, hoping their win last week out in the FA Cup would spur the team on to get a result against high-flying Luton, but it wasn’t the case.
Fleetwood started the game brightly when Ched Evans raced onto a well placed through ball by forward Paddy Madden and tricked his way around the Luton defence, only to direct his shot straight into the arms of Luton goalkeeper James Shea.
But Luton took the lead on the 11 minute mark when midfielder Andrew Shinnie placed a inch perfect cross into the Fleetwood penalty area, and Harry Cornick made no mistake in making it 1-0 to the home side, continuing his good run of goals.
Later on in the half good team play by Luton called Fleetwood’s goalkeeper, Alex Cairns into action after some questionable defending by the defence in front of him. However his outstretched leg ensured the deficit only remained at one.
Fleetwood started the half of on the ascendance, a fast-paced move started by a Cairns goal kick led to the ball being played down to Madden who then quickly led it off to Kyle Dempsey. Possession was then momentarily lost when Luton defender Justin pounced on a heavy touch by Dempsey but Fleetwood striker Dean Marney battled his way past Luton’s Pelly Ruddock and raced onto goal, only to hit a 25 yard shot straight at Shea, the story of the afternoon for the visitors.
The home side however secured all three points when with 10 minutes to go goalkeeper Shea lifted a powerful goal kick into the path of Danny Hylton who skimmed past Fleetwood’s Ryan Taylor before hitting a cross directed into the six yard box, only for it to rebound off captain Craig Morgan and into the goal.
Madden carved out a chance late in the game, but hit an early shot into the gloves of Shea.
From two shots on target Luton scored from both, propelling them into the automatic promotion places, while Fleetwood remain sitting steadily in the middle half of the League One table.
The game between the two was an even battle possession wise, but Luton put on a master class for Fleetwood on how to take chances, something the Cod Army will hope to replicate in their next fixture.