Luton Town welcomed fans back to Kenilworth Road with a 3-1 win over Championship leaders Norwich City.
The Hatters welcomed 1,000 supporters through the doors for their first home game in front of supporters since February 29th, and marked it was victory against the league leaders.
George Moncur put Luton in front in the first half, and although Emi Buendia equalised with a Norwich penalty, Matty Pearson then restored the lead for Nathan Jones’ side after a period of 3 goals in 7 minutes.
A James Collins penalty shortly after half-time rounded off the scoring. The result is a first win at home for Luton since beating Wycombe at the start of October, and the result puts them 4 points off the play-offs.
Jones had been looking for a reaction after a 4-0 hammering by Cardiff at the weekend, and in front of 1,000 balloted season ticket holders, he got one.
The Hatters had already come close through Luke Berry when they took the lead after 15 minutes. Moncur struck as he picked up a through pass by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, cut inside and scored.
But Norwich would equalise just a few minutes later, after Przemyslaw Placheta was fouled by James Shea and the referee chose to penalise Luton’s stand-in keeper, who was given the nod after an injury to Simon Sluga.
Buendia stepped up and beat Shea from 12 yards, but the home side would then restore their lead just 3 minutes later. A cross by Rhys Norrington-Davies picked out Pearson, who headed past Norwich keeper Michael McGovern.
Norwich’s best chance for a second equaliser would be fired wide by Buendia, with Luton missing a few opportunities of their own in the latter stages of the half.
But Luton would be given a chance to extend their lead shortly after half-time, after Grant Hanley handled and Collins duly beat McGovern to give the home side a two goal lead.
This was the 4th time that Collins has scored against Norwich this season, having struck a hat-trick when Luton beat the Canaries in the Carabao Cup back in September.
Buendia had a shot saved shortly after the penalty, while Josh Martin and Alex Tettey also came close, but despite enjoy a lot of possession in response, Norwich gradually began to find it harder to break Luton down.
While Luton had their own chances, there would ultimately be no more goals after the penalty, allowing Luton’s returning fans to savour a winning return to the ground.