Luton Town’s survival bid received a huge boost as they beat Swansea City 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
A second half goal by James Collins saw the Hatters pick up victory in South Wales, with the home side struggling to equalise before substitute Jordon Garrick was sent off for starting a fracas between the two players.
Following last week’s draw with Preston, the result means Luton are now unbeaten in 5 games either side of the coronavirus-induced pause in professional football.
Ahead of Middlesbrough and Hull’s games later today, the Hatters are just 2 points from safety. They also leapt above Barnsley and off bottom spot, after the South Yorkshiremen could only draw with Millwall at Oakwell.
Luton made a bright start, as Dan Potts and Collins had efforts in a melee following a corner. But closer was the home side, as Andre Ayew had a shot saved by Simon Sluga.
Swansea had begun the restart brightly with a 3-0 win at Middlesbrough, but Luton were having opportunities against the Welsh side, with Harry Cornick cracking an effort over and Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu’s shot blocked.
The home side would improve in the second half. Ayew saw one effort saved and another go wide, while Sluga denying Ben Cabango and Rhian Brewster’s rebound headed over.
Having survived that, Luton would then hit Swansea with the opener with just under 20 minutes of the game to play. Izzy Brown’s cross found Collins in the middle, and although home keeper Freddie Woodman got a touch to his header, it was in enough to stop it going in.
Swansea’s hopes of changing their fate took a major dent when Garrick raised his hand to a Luton player’s face, triggering a confrontation between the two sides before getting sent off.
Despite 11 minutes of time added on, Luton held out and secured a vital victory as they aim to retain their Championship status.