Tykes trounce lousy Luton
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barnsley were too good for leaders Luton as they won 3-1 at Kenilworth Road.Barnsley's players did caretaker boss Andy Ritchie's chances of securing a permanent role little harm as they beat Luton 3-1 at Kenilworth Road.
Mike Newell's league leaders look destined for promotion but Friday's display will have their young boss looking nervously over his shoulder at those clubs in pursuit.
It was Luton that started the brighter with Barnsley goalkeeper Scott Flinders living up to his billing as an exciting prospect by clawing a deflected effort wide for a corner at his near post.
The rest of the half would prove a nightmare for the majority of those present, as Barnsley passed and moved in a manner that suggests they had been underperforming under former boss Paul Hart.
First, Stephen McPhail's whipped delivery was diverted onto the post by Antony Kay and then Nicky Wroe was wasteful when well placed.
Luton would not heed the warning and on 32 minutes, Barnsley took the lead when after Marlon Beresford saved from Michael Chopra, who looked offside, Chris Shuker was on hand to stab home.
Within nine minutes and Barnsley were three ahead. Chopra's fine hold-up play exposed weak Luton defending and from his pass, Shuker's drive on the run was deflected off Curtis Davies and beyond Beresford.
Barnsley's third owed itself to an unfortunate slip by Davies and Chopra's fine finish, with the on-loan hit man angling in a drive from the left-hand side of the box.
In the second period, Flinders flicked over his bar from Underwood's diving header but saw Luton net a consolation just past the hour mark when Enoch Showunmi finished off well Kevin Nicholls' disguised pass.
With an unlikely looking fightback a possibility, Chris Coyne was sent-off for a professional foul on the busy Chopra.
The Newcastle striker would also find time to miss a penalty, while Shuker was denied a hat-trick by Beresford on what was a miserable off-day for Luton.