Luton Town edged out Championship promotion contenders Brentford 2-1, as they survived a late fightback.

Victory over the West Londoners came just under 3 months after Luton were mauled 7-0 by the Bees at Griffin Park.

Luton struck early after an own goal by Brentford defender Shandon Baptiste. The Hatters would then grab another goal late in the first half through Martin Cranie.

Ollie Watkins grabbed a late goal back for the West Londoners. But the home side held on to deliver a third win in four matches.

The result means Luton leapfrog Barnsley, who travel to Hull tomorrow. They are now 4 points from safety in the second tier, ahead of 4th bottom Middlesbrough’s home meeting with Leeds tomorrow.

Luton opened the scoring inside the opening 10 minutes. A long free-kick by Luke Berry was turned into his own net by away defender Baptiste.

Brentford pressed to try and find an equaliser. Simon Sluga made a stop to keep out Said Benrahma, while the Croatian was also forced into first half saves to deny Watkins and Josh DaSilva.

Luton however had chances of their own to grab a second goal before the break. Harry Cornick and James Collins came close with their respective efforts.

The second Luton goal came in first half stoppage time, as a Berry free-kick was half-cleared to Cranie. The Luton defender duly buried the strike past David Raya, to grab his first goal since the opening day.

An eventful second half saw both Sluga and Raya employed to make saves as both sides attempted to find a way through.

Eventually, the game’s third goal came in the final 10 minutes, when Watkins turned in a Mads Roserslev pass.

This was the cue for Brentford to press in their efforts to take a point back to aid their chase of the automatic promotion places. But after Benrahma curled one wide and Ethan Pinnock had one cleared off the line, Luton had held out to take vital points.