Luton Town ended their recent winless run in the Championship as they beat Charlton Athletic 2-1.
Graeme Jones’ side had to come from behind to defeat the side from South London. Charlton had struck first in the opening stages through Jonathan Leko.
But Luton equalised through Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, with the referee giving the goal despite an offside claim by Charlton. Things would then get worse for the away side, as Luton took the lead through Izzy Brown after the restart.
Luton had entered the contest on the back of 5 straight league defeats. But victory is enough for Luton to jump out of the relegation zone in the second tier, as they picked up a first win since beating Bristol City on October 19th.
Charlton took the lead in the early stages. Moments after the home side’s James Collins had struck the bar, Leko opened the scoring for the away side as he burst through an offside trap and beat James Shea.
Luton equalised through Mpanzu, with the midfielder drilling the ball over the line from a corner. Charlton protested Collins was offside and blocking Dillon Phillips, but the officials sided with Luton and gave the goal.
The rest of the first half proved to be open but with few big chances. But Luton would take the lead just after half-time, as Andrew Shinnie picked off a poor Charlton pass and was able to set up Brown to score his first goal for Luton.
Shinnie could’ve made it 3-1 moments later, when a strike bounced free off a post.
During the second half, Brown, Collins and Harry Cornick all came close to grabbing further goals for Luton, but the home side were unable to add to their tally.
Charlton could’ve made the home side pay for this. Midfielder Connor Gallagher saw one effort saved and another bounce wide, but the visitors would ultimately fail to equalise and Luton held out to take an important three points.