Luton Town have lost a League One match for the first time since October after they went down 3-1 at Charlton Athletic.

The Hatters arrived at The Valley unbeaten in 28 games, and had looked good to try and extend that when they opened the scoring through Harry Cornick.

But things didn’t go so smoothly for the visitors in the second period, as Lyle Taylor struck two and Igor Vetokele added a third. Luton also had Andrew Shinnie sent off for two yellow cards.

Luton maintain a 7 point lead on Sunderland, who went down in a 5-4 thriller at home to Coventry, although Barnsley jump the Black Cats into second after they beat Fleetwood.

Luton opened the scoring on the quarter hour mark, as a pass through picked out Cornick, who dispatched the ball home.

George Moncur had a shot saved a few moments later, while Charlton’s best first half opportunity saw Taylor saw an effort crash off the crossbar.

Charlton came out in the second half fighting, and having already had one penalty shout declined, the South Londoners were given one when Taylor was pushed by Sonny Bradley.

Having won the spot-kick, Taylor duly picked himself up to take the kick from 12 yards and found the back of the net.

The home side then struck twice in quick succession to seize the initiative. First, a Krystian Bielik through pass found Vetokele, who evaded the defence and beat the Luton keeper.

Within two minutes of that, Taylor had a second, as the scorer of Charlton’s first goal received Vetokele’s pass and finished.

Luton’s afternoon was then made worse late in the day as Shinnie was shown a second booking and was dismissed.