Luton Town secured a crucial 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough in a hard-fought Championship scrap at Kenilworth Road. Cameron Archer gave Boro an early lead, but Tom Lockyer’s impressive dashing header brought the Hatters level early in the second half.
Carlton Morris also converted a penalty to seal a huge win for Luton, who have now extended their unbeaten run to six games and keep their automatic promotion hopes intact, as it is still mathematically possible...
Middlesbrough made five changes to their starting line for the game, leaving the what looks to be the Championship’s golden boot winner, Chuba Akpom, on the bench. Fortunately, they started well regardless with an opening goal in the 38th minute, when Archer finished off a slick manoeuvre, dancing around the Luton keeper to slot home from close range.
Luton started the second half well by pulling level in the 51st, when Tom Lockyer headed in Doughty’s corner. Both clubs began to scrap and continued to push forward, but it was Luton who were awarded a controversial penalty in the 68th minute. It did appear on many replays of the alleged foul that the Luton player fell without contact from the goalkeeper, but the decision was final and Morris was able to take advantage and convert to finally put Luton a goal up.
Boro pushed for an equaliser but were unable to penetrate Luton's defence. With this, it keeps the Hatters third in the Championship as the season begins to reach it's conclusion, just four points behind Sheffield Utd in second, who unfortunately for Luton, still have 2 games in hand due to their fixture backlog following their FA Cup run.
Luton fans will surely be expecting the playoffs, and the club most likely be preparing for the playoffs, too - knowing that a win for Sheffield against West Brom can secure Sheffield Utd's return to the Premier League.