Luton Town got the better of their playoff rivals as they produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Kal Naismith converted the penalty after Jack Colback was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area. They defended valiantly for the last ten minutes after Sonny Bradley was sent off in the 77th minute. It was the first defeat for the visitors after five consecutive wins.
Luton’s Nathan Jones: “It was a magnificent performance. The first half I thought we were outstanding – really, really good. (Then) we had to dig in, and defend our box well and we did. Sheasy (James Shea) made a good save, they hit the post. Apart from that, I can’t remember another chance. I thought tactically we were superb. Two of the outstanding young individuals in the league this year have been Brennan Johnson and Djed Spence and we went Amari’i Bell and (Fred) Onyedinma against them. I felt they were exceptional today, so tactically I thought we were brilliant, we went up against a top, top side and managed to get the win.”
Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper: “We could have played better than we did the first half, we played well enough second half to get at least a draw, and we didn’t, so we have to get on with it. It’s the first time we’ve played in hot weather for a while, it seemed like a long game with the minutes that were played. But it’s not abnormal to have a physical and emotional game and you have to get on with it. We were going to lose a game at some stage. It was very unlikely we were going to carry on until the end of the season and not get beat.”
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