Luton v Bristol City

Luton continued their promotion push in the Championship with a win over Bristol City at Kenilworth Road.

Carlton Morris’ 16th goal of the season secured the Hatters a third consecutive victory and left them fourth, seven points off second-placed Sheffield United.

Morris struck after just five minutes when Cody Drameh’s brilliantly drilled cross from the right was perfect for the striker to head home.

Morris’ strike partner Elijah Adebayo was denied a second for his side in the 11th minute when being found by Gabe Osho’s terrific ball over the top, taking a touch and beating Max O’Leary, but denied by a goal-line clearance from Mark Sykes.

Morris put another header over from Drameh’s dangerous right-wing delivery as the hosts sensed more goals, but could not find one despite their almost complete dominance.

Luton almost made it 2-0 on the half hour when Morris turned provider, hooking the ball over the top for Adebayo, who was manhandled by City defender Cameron Pring.

Managing to stay on his feet, he failed to beat O’Leary, with the keeper also denying Luke Berry’s follow-up.

Luton still pressed though, a terrible backpass seeing Marvelous Nakamba’s deflected attempt flying over from 25 yards as the Hatters just could not get what would have been a deserved second goal.

City improved after the break, Andreas Weimann forcing Ethan Horvath into his first save of the evening just three minutes in, with ex-Hatter Harry Cornick sliding another effort wide.

Berry’s free-kick hit the wall for Luton, but the hosts almost made it 2-0 after 59 minutes when Osho’s excellent lofted cross was met by Morris, but his close-range header was somehow kept out by O’Leary.

City looked like they might threaten a leveller, Cornick spinning to shoot straight at Horvath in the 70th minute from inside the box.

Alex Scott tried his luck from a well positioned free-kick 22 yards from goal, only to fire straight at the grateful Horvath who collected comfortably underneath his bar.

Luton then might have had a pressure relieving second as Drameh picked out Morris in the area only for his twisting header to bounce narrowly wide of the target.

The Robins threw men forward at the end to try and force an undeserved leveller, but they were unable to find a way through as Town kept their 16th clean sheet of the season.

Luton manager Rob Edwards:

“I thought the performance in the first half was excellent.

“We were on the front foot, we were a real threat, created big chances, and everything that we want to be, we were.

“They remained a threat on the counter-attack and we had to manage that but I thought the first half was pretty much one-way traffic.

“As we all know, two halves of football are never exactly the same and then when we didn’t get that second goal, they can gain a little bit of confidence and belief from that, and then we all know we’ve got to make sure that we see the game out.

“We still had a couple of big chances in the second half, great save from Carlton’s header and we got into some good areas, but as a team we defend really, really well, and we had to show that at the end of the game.”

Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson:

“We gave ourselves too many problems from the start.

“We didn’t start well, too many players out of sorts, made too many poor errors, and against a side like that who put you under pressure, to concede so early on, it looked like it could have been a bit of a tough night.

“We managed to get to half-time intact and second half we were better.

“Max [O’Leary] made three really good saves to keep us in the game, we’ve had our chances, but it was a tough night for us as we had too many players out of sorts.”

Match report supplied by PA Media.

  • Line-ups
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Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 34Horvath
  • 32Osho
  • 4Lockyer
  • 29BellBooked at 79minsSubstituted forBurkeat 87′minutes
  • 2Drameh
  • 13Nakamba
  • 8BerryBooked at 62mins
  • 45Doughty
  • 22Campbell
  • 11AdebayoBooked at 80minsSubstituted forWoodrowat 84′minutes
  • 9MorrisBooked at 34mins


  • 1Shea
  • 10Woodrow
  • 12Lansbury
  • 16Burke
  • 20Watson
  • 23Onyedinma
  • 25Taylor

Bristol City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12O’Leary
  • 17SykesBooked at 73mins
  • 26VynerBooked at 51mins
  • 16PringBooked at 64mins
  • 3Dasilva
  • 7Scott
  • 10King
  • 9Cornick
  • 14Weimann
  • 11MehmetiSubstituted forTaylor-Clarkeat 63′minutes
  • 21WellsSubstituted forBellat 63′minutes


  • 2Wilson
  • 19Tanner
  • 20Bell
  • 23Haikin
  • 35Taylor-Clarke
  • 36Francois
John Busby

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamBristol City
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jay Dasilva.

  2. Post update

    Foul by Luke Berry (Luton Town).

  3. Post update

    Andy King (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Alfie Doughty.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Allan Campbell (Luton Town).

  6. Post update

    Alex Scott (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Reece Burke replaces Amari’i Bell because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match because of an injury Amari’i Bell (Luton Town).

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match because of an injury Luke Berry (Luton Town).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Cauley Woodrow replaces Elijah Adebayo.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Luke Berry (Luton Town).

  14. Post update

    Cameron Pring (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Berry (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cody Drameh with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Scott (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  17. Booking

    Elijah Adebayo (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Booking

    Amari’i Bell (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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