Luton Town’s recent unbeaten run was brought to a crushing conclusion after a 4-0 defeat by Cardiff City in Wales.
The home side seized control in the opening stages, as Sean Morrison and Mark Harris struck to put the Bluebirds 2-0 up inside the opening 9 minutes.
Second half goals by Kieffer Moore and Sheyi Ojo completed the job for Neil Harris’ side, who eased the pressure on manager Neil Harris by handing Luton their heaviest defeat of the season so far as they lost for the first time in 5 games.
Luton had arrived looking to extend fine form away from Kenilworth Road since Nathan Jones’ return during football’s spring hiatus, but they were up against it from the start, with Harris and Moore coming close before Cardiff opened the scoring inside five minutes.
The goal also came through a simple routine, as Morrison was found unmarked by Harry Wilson’s corner and tapped the ball past Simon Sluga.
Luton had won a corner in their attempts to find a quick leveller, but Cardiff would turn that into the second goal. A fast counter from the corner ended in Ojo’s cross finding Harris, who struck to make it 2-0.
Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu had a shot saved by Alex Smithies shortly after, but the Hatters struggled on their attempts to comeback, with Sluga having to make saves before half-time to keep out Harris and Moore.
Luton manager Jones opted to make 2 changes before half-time and switch to a back 3, with James Collins firing wide shortly after the switch around.
Cardiff still provided a threat to Luton after this, with Joe Ralls and Moore firing wide.
The home side regularly threatened from set-pieces and it would be a corner that produced Cardiff’s third goal just before the hour mark, after Moore turned in Wilson’s corner.
Ojo headed wide from six yards, before the Liverpool loanee would grab a fourth late on when he intercepted a clearance from a Cardiff set-piece and drilled a shot beyond Sluga.
Joe Morrell would see a long ranger smash against the post and bounce away late on, with Glen Rea also putting a shot off target, but the damage was already done as the Hatters sunk to a heavy reverse.
Jones’ side will look to bounce back on Wednesday night, when they host league leaders Norwich City before back-to-back away games against Swansea and Coventry.