Luton Town have moved off bottom spot of the Championship table with a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
James Collins struck the game’s only goal, with the Irish striker making amends after missing a penalty inside the opening two minutes.
The Hatters looked more comfortable in the first half, missing further chances and seeing a goal disallowed during the second half.
But they then held out after the break to frustrate the out of form Owls, as they picked up only a second win of 2020.
With Barnsley having lost at home to Birmingham on Tuesday, the result means the Hatters leapfrog the South Yorkshire side in the table.
There was big early drama at Kenilworth Road, as Luton won a penalty inside the opening 15 seconds. A foul on Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu by Dominic Iorfa gave Graeme Jones’ side the perfect chance to strike first, but Collins’ strike bounced off the top of the bar on its way over.
But undeterred by that, the home side pressed early. Ryan Tunnicliffe had a strike saved moments before Collins had an effort deflected wide and Izzy Brown fired wide from close range.
Luton would strike the winner after 23 minutes, as a defensive mistake by Iorfa released Harry Cornick, who passed to Collins, and the striker lashed his effort home.
Within seconds of the restart, Collins could have had two, as the Irishman fired over after a deflected Mpanzu shot diverted into his path.
The away side were more alert after the break, with their best opportunity seeing a Kadeem Harris strike saved by Simon Sluga. Harris also saw a cross headed wide by Julian Borner.
But despite the away side having more of the ball, the visitors struggled to break through. Luton could have had a second goal with ten minutes to go when Dan Potts fired in at a corner, only for the referee to spot a foul in the build-up and the goal was ruled out.
Despite this, one goal was enough. It allowed Luton to pick up 3 points against the Owls, as they picked up a first win since beating Derby on January 28th.
The Bedfordshire side will now face back-to-back away games as they look to build momentum, with Saturday’s trip to Middlesbrough followed by a relegation six pointer away at Charlton the following weekend.