Hatters secure Rovers tie
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luton booked a FA Cup fourth round clash with Blackburn after a 1-0 win over QPR.
Luton booked a FA Cup fourth round clash with Blackburn after a 1-0 win over QPR in their rearranged replay at Kenilworth Road.
An unfortunate own goal from Zesh Rehman ten minutes from time was enough to ensure Mike Newell will face his old club this weekend in the FA Cup.
To complete a miserable night for John Gregory's QPR Stefan Bailey was sent-off for violent conduct.
After a slow start Luton created the first chance of note on 25 minutes when Adam Boyd sent David Bell racing clear, but he dragged his shot wide of the target.
Two minutes later Marc Nygaard was inches away from getting on the end of Dexter Blackstock's inviting cross right in front of goal.
Dean Brill came to Luton's rescue just past the half hour when he produced a fine double save to deny QPR the lead.
Jimmy Smith had the first chance when he fired in a shot from the edge of the area which Brill pushed out and he got back up quickly to keep out Blackstock's follow up effort.
Bell had the ball in the net for Luton on 37 minutes, but the goal was disallowed for offside.
Blackstock wasted a golden opportunity to break the deadlock seconds later when he headed Mauro Milanese's perfect cross wide from just six yards out.
Boyd fluffed a good opening for Luton on 57 minutes when he missed his kick right in front of goal.
QPR were unlucky not to find the breakthrough just past the hour mark when Damion Stewart powered Smith's corner just wide of the target.
Nygaard should have done better on 66 minutes when Lee Cook slipped in on goal down the left, but the big striker drilled his shot wide.
The game burst into life on 73 minutes when Bailey was sent-off for a late tackle on Ahmet Brkovic.
The tackle infuriated a number of Luton players and a mass melee ensured before Bailey was shown a straight red card for violent conduct.
Luton were gifted the lead ten minutes from time when Rehman deflected a harmless shot into his own net.
Luton substitute Dean Morgan almost grabbed a second goal for the home side in the dying seconds when he burst into the box and fired in a shot which Simon Royce kept out with his legs.
Morgan really should have added a second in injury-time when he brilliantly beat two QPR defenders to go clear on goal, but with only Royce to beat he blazed his shot over the top.
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Luton Town 1-0 QPR