Luton Town moved to top spot in the League One table after a 1-0 away win at Southend United.

With previous leaders Portsmouth in FA Cup action, the Hatters had the opportunity to take top and took it courtesy of a first half goal by Matty Pearson.

Pearson’s goal proved the difference, and enough for Luton to leapfrog Portsmouth in the table to take top spot in the table, although they have played one extra game.

Luton had come close in the early stages when Jack Stacey had a low drive blocked by Nathan Bishop of the Southend goal.

Mick Harford’s side took the lead just before the half-hour, as Pearson headed in James Justin’s corner.

Luton largely managed to absorb Southend’s attempts at a first half leveller, and then nearly pinched a second within minutes of the restart, with Bradley having a volley at a free-kick blocked by the Southend goalkeeper.

The visitors had the better of the immediate opportunities, with Luke Berry and Justin both coming close.

Simon Cox saw a long range attempt well saved by James Shea in the Luton goal, and there was a spell of long balls being put into the box.

But the visitors held firm and took top spot ahead of Tuesday night’s top 2 clash with Portsmouth at Kenilworth Road.