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Match Report | Luton Town 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

The points are shared after Berry's goal is cancelled out by Gallagher

21 November 2020

The Hatters contested an entertaining 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship at Kenilworth Road this afternoon.

Luke Berry had given Town the lead in the 69th minute but Sam Gallagher quickly replied for the away side which meant the points were shared.

Manager Nathan Jones made two changes following the 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town prior to the international break, with Rhys Norrington-Davies and Elliot Lee returning to the starting line-up.

Town made a bright start and had two presentable chances fall their way inside the opening stages.

Norrington-Davies cut in the from the left-hand-side and fired a shot just past the post, before Lee was denied at close range from a corner, after Sonny Bradley’s cushioned header was directed into his path.

First his shot was blocked by a number of Blackburn bodies in the area, before his follow up shot came off Martin Cranie, and Rovers managed to clear.

The away side also had a couple of early opportunities, but neither Ben Brereton or Adam Armstrong could find a way past Simon Sluga – the latter whose effort was ruled out for offside.

The Hatters were on the front foot in the second half too and George Moncur was denied from close range with a fierce effort.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall then intercepted a pass in midfield and drove forward with intent. He got to the edge of the box before pulling the trigger, but the Leicester loanee fluffed his lines and Thomas Kaminski made a routine stop.

Nathan Jones turned to the subs bench just before the hour mark and brought on James Collins and James Bree, who linked up minutes later, but Bree’s cross was just too high for the Ireland international, as he nodded over the bar.

Soon after, the Hatters broke the deadlock through Berry after he met Collo’s shot and diverted it into the bottom corner.

Though joy was short-lived as substitute Gallagher equalised for the away side just three minutes later from close range.

The Hatters went close to taking the lead once more, but following Bree’s deep corner, Glen Rea’s header was well saved by Kaminski.

Sluga made a crucial block with minutes left to deny Joe Rothwell from close range and the Hatters settled for a point.

Town are back in action Tuesday evening as they take on Birmingham City at Kenilworth Road.

 

Town: Sluga; Cranie (Tunnicliffe 90), Pearson, Bradley (C), Norrington-Davies; Rea, Berry (Mpanzu 77), Dewsbury-Hall, Cornick (Bree 59), Moncur (LuaLua 77); Lee (Collins 59).

Subs not used: Shea, Lockyer, Clark, Nombe.

Goals: Berry (69)

 

Blackburn: Kaminski, Rankin-Costello (Nyambe 76), Lenihan (C), Wharton, Douglas; Johnson, Trybull (Gallagher 68), Rothwell, Elliott, Brereton, Armstrong.

Subs not used: Pears, Carter, Bell, Downing, Davenport, Buckley, Dolan.

Goals: Gallagher (72)

Yellows: Rothwell, Elliott, Brereton, Johnson

 

Referee: Gavin Ward


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