Luton Town’s attempts to retain their Championship status suffered a setback following a 3-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic.
In a clash where two of the division’s struggling sides met, second half goals from Lyle Taylor and George Lapslie gave the points to the Addicks.
Luton had entered the break level after Harry Cornick had scored within two minutes of Taylor’s opener. But the result is a defeat just a week after they had picked up only a second Championship away win of the season when they defeated Middlesbrough.
After a tightly contested opening period, Charlton missed a great chance to open the scoring when Naby Sarr struck the crossbar when well placed.
Luke Berry struck a deflected effort wide of the mark with Luton’s best opportunity to break the deadlock.
Charlton opened the scoring just after the half hour mark through Taylor, who struck a right-footed half volley past Simon Sluga.
But Luton would equalise after just 2 minutes, when Cornick was picked out after a Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu cross was cleared to him, and he duly beat Charlton goalkeeper Dillon Phillips.
Luton beat Charlton in the reverse fixture by coming from behind and nearly got a second comeback against the South Londoners when James Collins scored. However, an offside flag was raised when he turned in a through pass by Cornick.
Having missed out on taking the lead, Luton would then fall behind. Collins was penalised for handling a Lapslie shot, and from 12 yards, Taylor beat Sluga to give the home side the lead for the second time in the game.
Luton’s best chance for an equaliser would see Phillips deny George Moncur.
But the game was sealed for the home side three minutes from time, when Lapslie exchanged passes with Macauley Bonne and finished.
Defeat for Huddersfield against Swansea means the Hatters remain six points from safety, but a win for Barnsley over Middlesbrough means they return to bottom spot. They also now have a goal difference of -29, which is 10 points worse than any other side in the division.
Graeme Jones’ side now face back-to-back home games in their attempts to claw back the deficit, against promotion chasers Brentford and fellow strugglers Stoke City.