Luton Town will be in the FA Cup 4th Round after a 1-0 win over Reading.
George Moncur scored the game’s only goal on the half-hour mark at Kenilworth Road, and a number of second half saves ensured the home side saw it through.
The result means Luton have now beaten Reading in both domestic cups this season, having beaten them in the Carabao Cup back in September, and books Nathan Jones’ side a spot in the FA Cup’s combined Fourth and Fifth Round draws on Monday.
This was Luton’s first game of 2021, having been forced to postpone their planned January 2nd meeting with QPR due to a coronavirus outbreak in the first team bubble.
From the side that beat Bristol City in their last game of 2020, Jones made 9 changes, with noteworthy inclusions being first team debutant Gabriel Osho and defender Brendan Galloway, for his first start of the season.
Reading also made 9 alterations of their own, as the game took on a slightly disjointed feel for its opening period.
Luton would come close when Moncur saw a close range effort denied before the half hour, but it was the midfielder who would break the deadlock.
Moncur did so when he received James Bree’s cross, and fired a volley that Luke Southwood couldn’t keep out.
Luton couldn’t find a way through in the remainder of the first half despite looking likelier to do so.
Reading would show some intent later in the half when Simon Sluga denied Alfa Semedo, before a great chance came just before the hour when Sone Aluko saw a drive crash against the bar.
Luton would have a penalty appeal denied before Sluga made an important double stop to deny Sam Baldock and Jayden Onen.
Reading’s last chance would also come close to forcing extra-time, as away sub Nahum Melvin-Lambert hit the post in injury time.
But the home side held out to confirm the had progressed from this all-Championship tie just two weeks after losing a league game to the Royals at the Madejski, and in turn, it comes a first appearance in the FA Cup 4th Round since 2013 for the side from Bedfordshire.