Luton Town suffered a 1-0 defeat by Brentford in London, with one first half goal enough to win it for the hosts.
Brentford’s goal came inside the opening 15 minutes, after Saman Ghoddos turned in an Ivan Toney cross.
Luton did rally in the second period, but couldn’t find a way back to equalise. The game would also end with both sides having a player sent off, after Toney and Luton defender Tom Lockyer were sent off for an off the ball incident in added time.
The Hatters arrived in London on the back of a victory over Bournemouth last weekend, as they took on a Brentford side that haven’t played since early January after a covid outbreak.
The home side began brightly, as Sergi Canos saw a shot repelled by a one-handed stop from Hatters keeper Simon Sluga.
But Brentford would break through shortly after, when Toney flung in a cross that picked out Ghoddos, who headed home from six yards out.
Luton’s best first half opportunity saw Luke Berry have a shot saved by David Raya.
The Hatters’ main improvement came as the second half continued, with Harry Cornick seeing a shot saved, Jordan Clark missing when well placed, and a Ryan Tunnicliffe backheel just being stopped by David Raya.
Mathias Jensen missed a late chance to grab a second in the final moments, before a moment of controversy came in added time when Toney and Lockyer were sent off for their part in an off-ball scuffle as the game ended in defeat.