Luton Town continued their unbeaten restart in the Championship as they drew 1-1 with division leaders Leeds United.
Indeed, Nathan Jones’ side had struck first against Marcelo Bielsa’s high-flying Yorkshire side, as Harry Cornick struck minutes after his arrival as a half-time substitute.
Stuart Dallas did equalise to ensure a point for Leeds, and with Barnsley beating Blackburn at Oakwell, it means Luton fall back to bottom.
However, a tight Championship table ensures Luton are now 2 points from safety ahead of Hull and Huddersfield playing tomorrow, and they are unbeaten in 5 games either side of the league’s hiatus.
Both sides had arrived on the back of their first wins since the resumption, with Leeds beating promotion rivals Fulham on the same day that Luton picked up a win at Swansea.
Patrick Bamford saw a strike saved by Simon Sluga in the opening minutes, before a Luton breakaway saw a penalty appeal rejected when Gaetano Berardi – on for the injured Leeds skipper Liam Cooper – was accused of impeding Callum McManaman.
Luton’s best first half chance saw Sonny Bradley reach a corner, only to be denied by Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier.
The home side had injured a majority of possession, but struggled to break through, with Tyler Roberts and Kalvin Phillips unable to make the most of chances.
But while the home side had their moments, it was Luton who would spring a surprise on their opponents.
A pass by Ryan Tunnicliffe released half-time sub Cornick, who then finished the counter move by curling a strike past Meslier.
Leeds duly responded with an attacking onslaught. Sluga in the Luton goal made a quickfire pair of stops to repel Roberts and Jack Harrison, and a few moments later, the Croatian made a double save to keep out a Phillips’ free-kick and a rebound from Leeds sub Ezgjan Alioski.
The home side would equalise just after the hour, as Dallas got a little space in a busy penalty area to fire past Sluga.
Bamford struck the side-netting and would later lose his footing when well placed as Leeds had a lot of possession in their attempts to break through and grab a winner to re-establish an 8 point lead on the play-offs after earlier wins for Brentford and Fulham.
However, the home side struggled to create tangible opportunities, and instead it allowed Jones’ Luton to pick up a reward. The Hatters have picked up 4 points from seemingly difficult trips to Swansea and the Yorkshiremen, and they will seek to continue their unbeaten run when they host Reading on Saturday.