Luton Town were squeezed out by Portsmouth in their opening match of the League One season.
On their return to the third tier after a 10 year absence, Luton had the majority of chances on the South Coast, but couldn’t bounce back after conceding a first half Jamal Lowe goal.
The visitors did see opportunities fall their way, with the visitors hitting the woodwork twice and seeing further efforts repelled by home goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray.
Harry Cornick was first to try his luck as his header crept wide. But the home sides took the lead, as Lowe was picked out by Ronan Curtis’ deflected cross and slotted the ball over the line.
James Collins saw an effort blocked by Nathan Thompson in an early effort to bring the visitors back level. Cornick then saw a strike flash wide before Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu and Alan Sheehan both saw shots bounce against the post.
Luton’s Collins then came even closer as the striker’s hit bounced off the underside of the bar and bounced free, while Sheehan saw a late effort pushed away.
The result was a frustrating opener for Luton, but one with positives ahead of next Saturday’s meeting with recently relegated Sunderland.