Luton defeated Rotherham at AESSEAL New York Stadium with two quickfire goals either side of half time courtesy of Carlton Morris’ opener and Cauley Woodrow’s penalty, sending them home empty-handed.
Rotherham United were left lamenting an ineffective first half performance as they suffered their first defeat in six games at the hands of an in-form Luton Town team. Rotherham’s three-match unbeaten run in the Championship came to an abrupt halt at this expense.
Carlton Morris’ first-half goal
Luton easily overcame Rotherham to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games and keep their play-off hopes alive. A strong performance saw Luton take control early and rarely look likely to lose.
Carlton Morris was the one to score against his former club when he expertly curled in Amari’i Bell’s deep cross from the right-hand side for an early lead for the Hatters after 20 minutes. A constant threat against Norwich, Morris took just minutes to make an impactful statement on a game where both teams began locked within their respective boxes.
As a striker, Morris is well known for his physicality and bulldozing approach to open play sequences resulting in shots (130) or goals (19) than any other Luton player this season. Furthermore, his strong tackler’s reflexes have proved invaluable to Ethan Horvath who has kept 19 clean sheets so far this campaign.
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Cauley Woodrow’s second-half penalty
Luton easily dispatched Rotherham with an inspired penalty from substitute Cauley Woodrow as they defeated the 10-man Millers 2-1. Allan Campbell had opened up the scoring from 20 yards out before Teemu Pukki equalised after poor defending from Luton before Woodrow made it 2-1 with an incredible stoppage-time strike from Woodrow.
Luton can go top of League Two and stay close to Lincoln City by earning three wins from their remaining fixtures, starting with QPR on Thursday and Huddersfield on New Year’s Day. But these remain challenging tests for Luton.
Luton only won three of nine home games since October 2 – but they deserved it!
Luton’s first-half performance wasn’t exactly ideal, with Morris making an important save at his near post; but they did create more chances than their opponents and should have gone 2-0 up when Woodrow had his initial shot saved by Ethan Horvath and it rebounded directly back towards him; unfortunately though his shot was deflected off him and could never reach goal.
Amari’i Bell’s second-half goal
Luton defeated Rotherham 2-0 at New York Stadium to keep their promotion hopes alive with a comfortable 2-0 win, thanks to goals by Carlton Morris and Cauley Woodrow that kept Luton unbeaten during a perfect 10 game Championship start – their longest in league history!
After halftime, the hosts appeared to take control of proceedings as goalkeeper Josh Vickers made several key saves to deny Amari’i Bell and Alfie Doughty headers; before Scott Wharton was sent off after receiving his second yellow card on 70 minutes.
Rovers had several chances in the final 10 minutes but could not convert any into goals until substitute Luke Berry scored a dramatic 90th-minute winner; giving him two goals in two matches for Rovers!
Elijah Adebayo’s second-half goal
Adebayo scored Luton’s opening goal to begin their victory march. Taking a pass from Carlton Morris, Adebayo outstretched Mbete before holding off Helik to slide it past Lee Nicholls for another goal that put Luton ahead.
Adebayo scored his maiden goal for Luton since joining in January and it immediately made an impressionful statement about him and Luton, as they look for ways to return to play-off contention. Adebayo must continue making an impactful contribution if they hope to re-join play-off contention in 2017.
Town made an early statement and nearly opened their account when James Bree threw a free-kick over the top of their opponents’ defence; but Tom Lockyer managed to keep it from landing on its intended target – the roof of the net!
Luton made an encouraging start, and they did have their opportunities; Dan Potts headed Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s corner down into the ground while Kal Naismith made an attempt, only for it to be blocked off by Wes Harding and cleared away from play.
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