Luton Town beat 10-man Bournemouth 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium as they took victory against the promotion chasers.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall scored the game’s only goal, in a game that saw Bournemouth reduced to 10 men during the first half after Jefferson Lerma had been sent off just before the half-hour mark.
In a combative game in Dorset, Nathan Jones’ side did enough to taste a first away victory since November, as they delivered their points and move into the top half of the table.
Bournemouth had the game’s first big opportunity when Josh King saw a strike denied by Simon Sluga.
But the game turned in the first half when Bournemouth were reduced to 10 men just before the half-hour mark. A coming together between midfielder Lerma and Tom Lockyer saw the Bournemouth midfielder catch the Luton opponent in the face, and earn a straight red card.
Lockyer would fail to continue after a few minutes trying to recover, with Bournemouth unimpressed by the circumstances that lead to their player being dismissed.
A lively start to the second period saw Luton come very close to striking. First, Glen Rea saw a shot blocked on the line, and from the following corner, Asmir Begovic made a double save to deny Luke Berry and then Dewsbury-Hall’s rebound.
Bournemouth could’ve nicked the lead for themselves, when Dominic Solanke saw a drive blocked by Dan Potts on a counter-move.
Having survived that, it was Luton who would then strike the game’s opening goal. Leicester loanee Dewsbury-Hall would be on the scoresheet, as he received an infield pass from ex-Bournemouth man Harry Cornick before curling a strike past Begovic and into the far corner to open the scoring.
Bournemouth’s best opportunity for a goal would see Rodrigo Riquelme’s effort tipped wide by Sluga, as Luton rode out to deliver victory against the side relegated from last season’s Premier League and end their winless run in style.