Luton Town’s survival aspirations took a dent as they lost 1-0 at home to Cardiff City.

The Hatters had the better of the opening half but couldn’t make chances count, and were made to pay when Lee Tomlin struck in a second half goal.

Tomlin’s goal secured the points for the South Welsh side as they continue to chase the top 6. By contrast, Luton’s travails continued, as they suffered a ninth loss in 11 matches.

Graeme Jones’ side have only won one match since Christmas, and are now 9 points from safety after Stoke City beat Charlton Athletic.

The Hatters had seen decent chances fall their way in the opening half, with the best seeing Harry Cornick fire wide at the end of a positive run. Cornick also failed to make a chance count when he was just unable to meet a cross.

However, Cardiff began to apply more pressure as the match continued. Joe Bennett saw a corner nearly fly directly in but for a Simon Sluga intervention, with the Croatian goalkeeper also denying Callum Paterson.

Cardiff’s matchwinner game with 17 minutes of normal time remaining, as Tomlin curled a strike past Sluga from the edge of the box.

Luton did try and press late on for a leveller, with James Collins heading one strike wide and George Moncur having an injury time drive thwarted by Alex Smithies.

But there was no way through for Luton, as they suffered a further reverse that does little to help their ambitions of avoiding an immediate return to League One.