SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday October 25th, 3.00pm
LUTON TOWN 1
Luke Guttridge 90
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 10,040 (1,018 Cobblers fans)
Luton: Mark Tyler, Jonathan Smith, Steve McNulty, Alex Lawless (sub Luke Guttridge 60), Andy Drury, Scott Griffiths, Mark Cullen, Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu (sub Paul Benson 45), Michael Harriman, Nathan Doyle (sub Jim Stevenson 46), Luke Wilkinson.
Subs not used: Alex Lacey, Alex Wall, Elliot Justham, Charlie Walker.
Cobblers: Jordan Archer, Ben Tozer, Ryan Cresswell, Gregor Robertson, Enda Stevens, Lawson D’Ath, Ricky Ravenhill (sub Emile Sinclair 90), Joel Byrom, Kaid Mohamed, John-Joe O’Toole (sub Chris Hackett 76), Alex Nicholls (sub Ivan Toney 63).
Subs not used: Matt Duke, Daniel Alfei, Kelvin Langmead, David Moyo.
Referee: Mr D Sheldrake
Luton: Paul Benson (77), Luke Wilkinson (86)
Cobblers: Enda Stevens (71, 3rd of the season), Gregor Robertson (85, 1st), Ben Tozer (88, 2nd)
5 cautions on or before 30 November; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Alex Nicholls, Ricky Ravenhill and Ben Tozer all came back into the Northampton Town side for the trip to in-form Luton, who started the day third in Sky Bet League 2. Ivan Toney and Daniel Alfei dropped to the bench while Darren Carter missed out with a back injury. Former Cobblers midfielder Luke Guttridge was named among the Luton substitutes.
There was an early moment of danger for the Cobblers when Mark Cullen raced clear but Gregor Robertson intervened with a terrific tackle to halt the Hatters leading goalscorer.
Mark Tyler saved a John-Joe O’Toole header while Nathan Doyle did well to block a Lawson D’Ath shot following a good run by the winger.
Luton made a change just before half-time, Paul Benson coming on for Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu.
Alex Nicholls was denied at close range by Tyler on 56 minutes following a good cross from Enda Stevens. Luke Guttridge then came on for the Hatters as the game reached the hour mark.
Guttridge almost made an immediate impact and would have given the home side the lead but for a good save from Jordan Archer.
Chris Wilder made his first change on 62 minutes, Ivan Toney replacing Alex Nicholls. Chris Hackett then came on for the final quarter of an hour, O’Toole making way.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 90th minute and it was Luton who took the lead, Luke Guttridge cutting in with a low shot to beat Archer. The goal had come out of nothing and there was to be no way back for the Cobblers.
LUTON MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 3
CORNERS: (1) 7
FOULS: (2) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 6
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 0
CORNERS: (3) 4
FOULS: (4) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 2
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta