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Match Report | Luton Town 1-1 Blackpool

23 April 2022

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Luton Town had to settle for a point after a 1-1 draw at home to Blackpool at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.

The Hatters made the perfect start to the game, after Elijah Adebayo’s deflected effort gave Town the lead after only two minutes.

But Blackpool would go home with a point after Gary Madine levelled from the penalty spot.

Nathan Jones made four changes from Easter Monday’s win away at Cardiff City. Harry Isted made his first start for the Hatters, replacing the injured James Shea. Sonny Bradley returned to the Town defence following suspension, with Peter Kioso also coming into the starting line-up.

Up front, Harry Cornick replaced Fred Onyedinma. On the bench was Development side goalkeeper Jameson Horlick, who made the senior matchday squad for the first time.

Luton went in front within two minutes, through Adebayo. The 24-year-old got beyond the Blackpool defender and found the bottom corner with his effort.

Town could’ve added a second goal after Kal Naismith found Cornick with a superb ball over the top. Chris Maxwell in the Blackpool goal made a good save to deny Cornick’s volley, however.

The Hatters continued to threaten in the first half, and could’ve added a second goal when Cornick rose highest from Robert Snodgrass’ cross, but saw his header go just wide of the post.

Just under ten minutes after the restart, Blackpool would have a leveller. CJ Hamilton found his way into the Town box and was fouled by Dan Potts. Madine stepped up and beat Isted from the penalty spot.

The first Town switch came just after the hour mark, with Bradley unable to continue, with Admiral Muskwe the player coming on.

And within moments of coming on, Muskwe almost restored Town’s lead. With his first touches of the ball, the striker forced Maxwell into a smart stop.

Jones made his second substitution with 15 minutes left, as Henri Lansbury came on for Potts.

Town’s third and final change of the game saw Cameron Jerome replace Cornick with just under ten minutes left.

Jerome came close to finding a second for the Hatters, but couldn’t guide his header goalwards from Snodgrass’ cross.

Town thought they had found a late winner after Adebayo teed up Muskwe to tap in, but the lineman had already flagged.

 

Goals:

Town: Adebayo (2’)

Blackpool: Madine (55’)

 

Att: 9,842 (581 away)


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