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Luton Town vs Charlton Athletic.

Sky Bet Championship.

Luton Town 2

  • P Ruddock (19th minute)
  • I Brown (53rd minute)

Charlton Athletic 1

  • J Leko (7th minute)

Luton 2-1 Charlton: Hatters comeback ends losing run

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at Kenilworth Road

Tuesday 26 November 2019 23:26, UK

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Highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Luton and Charlton

Luton ended their run of five straight defeats with a much-needed 2-1 victory over Charlton at Kenilworth Road to climb out of the relegation zone.

Charlton took an early lead through Jonathan Leko but the hosts hit back through Pelly Ruddock and Izzy Brown to secure just their second league win in nine matches.

The visitors tried their luck early on through Conor Gallagher's ambitious long-range effort which flew well over.

James Collins looped an effort against the crossbar from outside the box, but Athletic were ahead after seven minutes when Sonny Bradley gave the ball away and Leko raced away to easily beat James Shea.

Image: Izzy Brown (L) scored the winner for Luton at Kenilworth Road

Town were almost back on level terms as Brown's free-kick drew an excellent fingertip save from goalkeeper Dillon Phillips, who managed to flick it behind.

Luton were not behind for long, though, level after 19 minutes when Brown's cross was half-cleared and Ruddock thundered a first-time effort into the bottom corner on his left foot for his second goal of the season.

Hatters' leading scorer Collins then wasted a decent chance, firing over when the ball dropped invitingly to him, while with half-time approaching, Macauley Bonne headed off target for the visitors.

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Harry Cornick had an effort blocked by a fine covering challenge and left-back Dan Potts shot over the bar as Town finished the first half strongly.

After the break, Luton led in the 54th minute when Brown scored his first goal for the club, cleverly taking Andrew Shinnie's pass in his stride to beat the visiting defence and slide home past Phillips.

Shinnie then curled a magnificent effort against the bar from 20 yards as Town looked for a third, with Brown's free-kick flashing inches wide shortly after.

Collins saw his effort cannon off a defender and deflect over before Cornick should have given his side breathing space after being found by Brown, only to screw wide when he was through on goal.

Gallagher went close to drawing the visitors level in the closing stages, seeing one shot easily saved by Shea, before his 25-yard effort brushed the outside of the post on its way behind.

However, even throwing Phillips up front for a late free-kick came to nothing as the Hatters saw out stoppage-time comfortably enough to move three points clear of the relegation zone.

For the visiting Addicks, it was a sixth game without a win, as injuries continue to hit Lee Bowyer's side hard after what had been a promising start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign.

What the managers said...

Luton's Graeme Jones: "I was really, really satisfied as I have to see beyond results sometimes. I felt we were making progress, but there comes to a point where you've got to get a football result and I said that to the boys tonight.

"I picked the same team, I was fortunate enough to do that, and I asked the boys to take responsibility, as they've got enough information in them. I think Charlton changed their shape three times in the game, we adapted quicker, they adapted on the pitch, the players took responsibility for that, there comes a point where the boys have got to take responsibility and we were there tonight, and it was a key moment."

Charlton's Lee Bowyer: "We took the lead and then they got a goal shortly after which was offside and I feel for my players, because it's tough on them at the moment. We've got so many things going against us, they're giving everything and tonight I feel for them as they've lost a game from two decisions which they didn't deserve that from the efforts they put in.

"It's handball, he (Brown) took the ball in the path, unfortunately for him, it's hit a bobble and then bounced up, and he didn't use his knee to put it into his path. I've seen it, it was his arm and I understand the game moves so quickly, but it's handball, not only the first goal when the fella's (James Collins) falling over our goalkeeper as the ball goes past him.

"You've got that one then you've got a handball, two decisions, that if we had VAR would not have stood. Both those goals would have not stood if we had VAR in our division, but it's not, so I feel for my players, because they've given everything and we've come away with nothing."

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