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Match Report | Luton Town 3-1 Norwich City

The Hatters beat the Canaries to extend terrific midweek home record!

2 December 2020

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The Hatters marked the return of fans to Kenilworth Road in style, producing a stellar performance as they ran out 3-1 winners against their high-flying opponents.

Norwich crafted out the first opportunity of the game as summer signing Przemyslaw Placheta broke away down the left-hand side, with Town keeper James Shea, replacing the injured Simon Sluga, comfortably saving low to his left.

The Hatters, playing in front of fans at Kenilworth Road for the first time since February, grew into the game, disrupting Norwich’s build-up play high up the pitch and getting into good positions around the Canaries’ penalty area through George Moncur.

Ten minutes in and the Hatters carved out their first opportunity of the game. Matty Pearson’s switch of play was collected by Martin Cranie who found Jordan Clark down the right, who rounded Sorenson and delivered low into the box, but Luke Berry’s effort went straight into the hands of Norwich keeper Michael McGovern.

Five minutes later George Moncur fired the Hatters ahead in front of the fans in the Oak Road end. A short free-kick was played into Moncur down the left, who cut inside on his right and curled a wonderful effort into the far corner, with the familiar roar of the Hatters faithful resonating around Kenilworth Road.

Immediately after, the Canaries drew level through Emiliano Buendia from the penalty spot. A slip from Tom Lockyer allowed Placheta to run through on goal, with ‘keeper Shea bringing the Norwich man down, much to the disappointment of manager Nathan Jones.

In a game rapidly proving a treat for the 1,000 Hatters fans in attendance, Pearson put the Hatters back in front with a trademark header. On-loan Leicester City man Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall delivered a dangerous in-swinging free-kick from the right, with Pearson rising amongst a crowded six-yard box to head home past McGovern and restore the Hatters’ advantage.

Nathan Jones was forced into a change a minute before half-time, with James Bree replacing Martin Cranie because of an injury as the Hatters went into the interval with a 2-1 lead.

The Hatters got off a flyer in the second-half attacking the Kenilworth Road end. Substitute Bree delivered low from the right-hand side, with Norwich skipper Grant Hanley tripping and handling the ball on the deck. James Collins stepped up and fired into the roof of the net, giving the Hatters a deserved two-goal cushion against the league leaders.

Luton almost extended their advantage ten minutes later. Luke Berry delivered from the right with Collins’ flick-on finding Moncur, his half-volley flashed past the post after what appeared to be another handball from Hanley, but referee Darren England waved away Luton’s protests.

Spurred on by a noisy home crowd, the Hatters continued to press and unsettle their opponents high up the pitch, who were on a ten-match unbeaten run leading up to the game.

Nathan Jones introduced Joe Morrell in the place of George Moncur with twenty minutes remaining, dropping Glen Rea to centre-back and switching to a back five as the Hatters battled to see out the win.

With seven minutes remaining a deflected shot from Norwich substitute Christoph Zimmermann wrong-footed Shea and floated into the net, however it was ruled out for offside much to the relief of the home crowd.

Dan Potts came on for his first appearance of the season late on as the Hatters saw out the closing minutes and bounced back from Saturday’s defeat with a memorable win, most importantly being able to celebrate with their fans for the first time since February at Kenilworth Road.

 

Town: Shea, Cranie (Bree 45), Pearson, Berry, Moncur (Morrell 70), Lockyer, Rea, Clark, Collins, Dewsbury-Hall (Potts 90), Norrington-Davies

Subs not used: Tunnicliffe, Cornick, Isted, Galloway, LuaLua, Nombe

Goals: Moncur (15), Pearson (22), Collins (47)

Yellows: Shea

 

Norwich City: McGovern, Sorenson, Gibson, Hanley, Aarons, Tettey (Vrancic 72), Skipp, Buendia (Zimmermann 81), Martin (Omotoye 85), Placheta, Stiepermann

Subs not used: McAlear, Omobamidele, Barden, Dickson-Peters

Goals: Buendia (19)

Yellows: Placheta, Zimmermann


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