Luton's unbeaten record below the Kenilworth Road lights is past by QPR
Luton Towns proud and lengthy unbeaten run underneath the lights at Kenilworth Road was bygone this dusk after not lawful a mouldy day at the office, but a pretty shocking one, as they misplaced out 2-0 to QPR.
The Hatters hadnt tasted defeat on home blacken during a midweek league pastime in rightful below three years, going back to a pastime with Wycombe Wanderers on January 30, 2018, a run spanning 19 matches.
Town had defeated the likes of Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth in that time, but from the early stages it was pronounced they were going to struggle inveigh a Rangers element who often enjoy the correct of things between these two sides in foregone times, Luton winning recognized twice in their 22 previous meetings.
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Although the visitors came into the relay with rightful four wins all season, their last was back on November 24, some 10 matches ago, they always looked the supplementary likely to triumph, Town seemingly unable to awaken from a slumber that engulfed them all game.
Passes went astray, mistakes crept in, and Nathan Jones looked a shadow of the span who were nursing a seven amusement unbeaten run at Kenilworth Road themselves.
The handle made three changes from the last cooperative game, James Bree starting only a final Championship analogue of the season, with Kazenga LuaLua back in for the prime juncture since October, Dan Potts also included after Rhys Norrington-Davies was recalled by Sheffield United and sent to Stoke City.
Visiting winger Bright Osayi-Samuel was a veritable peril during the 1-1 draw last season, and showed he had absent none of his menace, setting off on a run from inside his own half, unleashing a tetchy shot that required parrying by Simon Sluga.
Town showed their retain inventive wing-play though, Harry Cornick reaching the by-line, his low ball cannoning off Geoff Camerons defenders foot, with Seny Dieng reacting well to salvage with his legs.
Luton pressed again, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall slipping Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu away on the left, whose dinked tetchy was met by a visiting defender, with Brees header back fired over by James Collins.
Recent codicil from West Bromwich Albion Charlie Austin sent a shot at Sluga from 20 yards, the vastly experienced striker then meeting Todd Kanes petulant with a glancing header that the Croatian collected.
The visitors were having by far the ameliorate of proceedings, and have to obtain gone ahead on the half hour when Lyndon Dykes went clean through, but a poor prime endure forced him wide, Sluga saving with his legs.
Town reacted to engender a prime pure moment of jeopardy since the opening stages, Dewsbury-Hall choosing out the run of Potts, whose right-footed attempt was limp at Dieng.
Austin continued to look increasingly absolute of beans, his redoubtable proffer bold seeing Kane drag a bombardment across goal and behind.
The goal that QPR had been ominous from uncommonly early on finally arrived with 38 minutes mislaid through a thump of alarming simplicity, Cameron flicking a crevice on and Austin nodding home from a problem of yards.
After a drastic best half in which Town were nowhere approaching the levels they had previously produced on home soil, they still had a royal befall to immediately put that late them and cure parity when a propitious kickback sent Collins spotless through, however, on his left foot, he sliced horribly, horribly wide.
Potts then blazed ambitiously over from range, but Luton were finally gaining some kind of a foothold, although the poor finishing was catching, Dewsbury-Hall shanking woefully panoramic from 20 yards.
QPR continued fashioning opportunities which would retain surely put the chase to bed, Ilias Chair going through after another mistake saw Luton allot the sphere away once more, unable to procure the fastness to lambaste Sluga.
Mpanzu was inches away from a leveller on 70 minutes, his curling attempt from the brink of the range appearing to clip the frame of the goal on its procedure behind.
Once further Rangers might posses put the entertainment beyond Town, Rob Dickie rising cardinal from a corner, planting his unrelenting header over.
Despite the well under par efforts he was witnessing from his side, Jones waited until the 77th minute to set about his prime switch, Sam Nombe introduced, a triple remodel occurring moments later, Danny Hylton, George Moncur and Luke Berry all tasked with righting the wrongs that went before them.
Town almost forced an equaliser with three minutes left, Dewsbury-Halls low curler palmed away by Dieng, before it was well and truly diversion over soon afterwards.
Rangers broke with pure accuracy and Albert Adomah picked out partner sub Macauley Bonne to sidefoot beyond Sluga, completing a thoroughly deserved victory.
Hatters: Simon Sluga, James Bree Dan Potts (Sam Nombe 77), Tom Lockyer, Sonny Bradley ©, Glen Rea , Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luke Berry 83), Kazenga LuaLua (George Moncur 83), Harry Cornick, James Collins (Danny Hylton 83).
Subs not used: Brendan Galloway, Peter Kioso, Jordan Clark, Ryan Tunnicliffe, James Shea.
Rangers: Seny Dieng, Todd Kane, Rob Dickie, Yoann Barbet, Lyndon Dykes (Charlie Kelman 90), Ilias Chair (Albert Adomah 74), Bright Osayi-Samuel, Dominic Ball, Geoff Cameron, Tom Carroll, Charlie Austin (Macualey Bonne 59).
Subs not used: Joe Lumley, George Thomas, Chris Willock, Conor Masterson. Niko Hamalainen, Faysal Bettache.