Luton Town’s attempts to stay in the Championship took a big hit as Reading won 5-0 at Kenilworth Road.
Nathan Jones’ side had entered the meeting with the midtable Royals in positive fashion after taking four points from trips to Swansea and Leeds, but the Berkshire club racked up a big win in Bedfordshire instead.
Star of the show for Reading was Yakou Meite, as the Ivory Coast player scored four of the five goals as the Berkshire side took their first win post-lockdown. George Puscas grabbed the other goal.
Ahead of Hull and Middlesbrough playing tomorrow (05/07) following their meeting at the KC Stadium on Thursday night, Luton after five points from safety with five games remaining, and ahead of huge meetings with second-bottom Barnsley this coming Tuesday and fellow strugglers Huddersfield next Saturday.
Luton’s first defeat since the restart had begun in a lively manner, with both sides pressing for an early goal. The away side were close as Dan Potts blocked a Meite effort on the line.
The home side came close themselves, with James Collins striking the bar with a header and a big penalty appeal getting waved away.
But it was the visitors who seize command with two goals in as many minutes, with both from Meite. The Ivorian’s first saw him prod home a Puscas through-pass, before failures to clear as the ball bounced around the Luton area culminated in Meite striking in a second goal.
Reading’s third would come just after the half-hour and would see Meite wrap up a first-half hat trick, as he received Ovie Ejaria’s pin-point pass and lashed a strike into the back of the net.
The rout would be rubber stamped with 2 goals in 5 minutes around the hour mark. Puscas grabbed a goal as he flicked a Michael Morrison header across goal at a corner into the back of the net, before Meite raced through on goal to score.
Luton did have a few half-chances to grab a consolation but didn’t, as they suffered a first defeat in 7 matches in a huge way. The result means the club enter two of the biggest games of their season on the back of their heaviest home defeat of their season, and they will need to bounce back quickly to kick-start their survival aspirations.