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Cardiff City vs Luton Town. Sky Bet Championship.

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Cardiff City 0

    Luton Town 1

    • H Cornick (71st minute)

    Cardiff City 0-1 Luton Town: Harry Cornick scores as Hatters tighten grip on play-off spot

    Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Cardiff City and Luton Town at the Cardiff City Stadium as Harry Cornick's header strengthens the visitors' grip on a play-off place

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    Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff and Luton.

    Harry Cornick came off the bench to score the goal which earned Luton a 1-0 win over Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium.

    The three points made it a very happy Easter for the Hatters, who beat play-off rivals Nottingham Forest 1-0 on Good Friday, and kept them in fourth place - six points head of seventh-placed Millwall with just three games to play.

    Luton's Welsh boss Nathan Jones, returning to a club where he played his youth football, was forced to make two changes from the side that rocked Forest.

    Sonny Bradley's dismissal in that game meant Tom Lockyer came into the defence and Dan Potts lined up alongside him as Cornick dropped to the bench.

    The Hatters started confidently enough and created a number of clear-cut chances in the opening 10 minutes as they went in search of revenge for the 2-1 defeat handed out to them by the Bluebirds at Kenilworth Road earlier in the season.

    Having won a free-kick straight from kick-off, a Rob Snodgrass cross was headed inches over by Reece Burke to give the home side an early warning.

    Snodgrass then set up Fred Onyedinma for a left-footed drive from just inside the area that should have at least hit the target.

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    All the pressure was travelling in one direction and then Luton skipper Kai Naismith unleashed a 25-yard thunderbolt which went high and wide.

    Having weathered the early storm, Cardiff found their rhythm and settled into the game.

    Wales international Rubin Colwill created their first real chance with a neat move down the left and his low cross was almost squeezed in by Jordan Hugill.

    The Bluebirds lost Alfie Doughty after 19 minutes and the addition of Zac Davies to their forward line soon brought new problems for the Hatters defence with his pace.

    The best chance of the first half fell to Hugill in the 37th minute after Tommy Doyle picked up a loose ball in the centre circle and drove hard into the Luton half.

    He picked out Hugill as he broke into the Luton box but the striker's left-footed shot was brilliantly blocked by James Shea in the Hatters goal.

    Shea limped out of the action in added time at the end of the opening half after damaging his right knee in a collision with Lockyer and Hugill.

    Both sides had good chances at the start of the second half as the pace of the game picked up.

    Snodgrass forced Dillon Phillips into a flying one-handed saved to keep out a fierce left-footed drive from the edge of the home box and then Hugill and Doyle combined to tee-up Davies, whose shot from six yards went over the bar.

    The decisive moment arrived in the 71st minute when Snodgrass picked out Cornick, who came on for the injured James Bree just before half-time, in the box with a perfect pass from the left and he rose to beat Curtis Nelson to head home into the top corner.

    What the managers said...

    Cardiff's Steve Morison: "We are driving them every day. We have to drive a hell of a lot more than we should have to but that's not going to change until we change the group and we get a more balanced group. Unfortunately, the world we are in nowadays, the young players don't say a word. They just play football. We need more players around them that can drive them and keep pushing it so it doesn't have to come from the staff every day.

    "It was very quiet out there - I think you could hear us more than you could hear anyone else. We are just not stopping giving them information. When it's noisy, like I have just said to them in there, you need to pick yourself up. We are going to Bramall Lane at the weekend. That's not going to be so quiet and we won't be able to talk you through the game so work it out yourselves. We need to keep driving them and hopefully once we change the group, we will have to do it that less."

    Luton's Nathan Jones: "It was a stunning header from Harry and I'm so pleased for him. We pulled him out of the starting line-up for the game because he had been working so hard for so little reward. Every time he does come on, he seems to score. Ironically, he scored the winner coming off the bench the last time we were in Wales at Swansea and he did exactly the same.

    "The games are getting tougher, not just because they are Championship games but because we are losing players. We have got 10 players injured, eight central midfield players out and we are patching everything up. People are having to go through big, big shifts. We dug deep, kept a clean sheet and defended our box and then converted one of our chances."

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