Luton Town’s quest to reach the Championship saw the Hatters hit 90 points for the season after a 3-0 win at Accrington Stanley.
An eventful opening to proceedings in Lancashire saw home goalkeeper Dimitar Evmatov concede an early penalty, save James Collins’ spot-kick, and then was sent off after conceding a second penalty, which Collins duly scored.
Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu then scored a brace in the second half as Luton picked up three goals and three points over one of the sides who went down with them.
The result sees Luton hold a 5 point lead over second place Barnsley and a 7 point lead over Sunderland and Portsmouth, who are level on points, although both Black Cats and Pompey have played a game less than the teams around them.
Luton reshuffled their side after their long unbeaten run was ended by Charlton last time out, and were given a great chance to score within five minutes after Evmatov bundled down Collins to concede a penalty.
However from 12 yards, Collins saw his penalty saved by Evmatov. But less than 20 minutes later, Evmatov conceded another penalty for a foul on Kazenga LuaLua, and having been booked for the first penalty, duly received a second and the inevitable red.
Accrington brought in Jonny Maxted, and his first act was to pick the ball out the back of his net after Collins struck his spot-kick home.
Maxted was the busier keeper from thereon out. In the second half, the goalkeeper was forced into saves to keep out Jack Stacey, Elliot Lee and LuaLua, with a fine stop to keep out Lee the pick of the bunch.
But the sub goalkeeper would be beaten with just over 20 minutes to go, as Mpanzu received Sonny Bradley’s knockdown then beat the keeper.
Mpanzu then followed that one up with a fine blast beyond Maxted, moments after he had again thwarted Lee.
It all added up to a successful afternoon for Luton, who took the points to go back to winning ways.