Luton Town and Middlesbrough played out a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road, in a game that saw Luton miss a late penalty.
Both of the game’s goals came in close proximity to one another. Luton had opened the scoring through Glen Rea, only for Duncan Watmore to strike an equaliser within two minutes.
Luton had perhaps the best chance to win it when they won a penalty with 20 minutes to go. But James Collins’ spot-kick was saved by away keeper Jordan Archer. Middlesbrough could’ve made it worse, as they hit the bar late on.
In a clash between two sides who can neither go up nor down, Luton made it five matches unbeaten through this result. However they dropped a place in the table after Millwall beat Bristol City.
Victory over Neil Warnock’s side would’ve taken Luton above Middlesbrough in the table and move them closer to securing a top half finish.
Nathan Jones had been hoping to build on the previous weekend’s comeback win over Bristol City. After a tight opening phase with little created, it was his side who scored first.
Rea grabbed the goal, with the home man turning in a rebound on the goal-line after an initial Kal Naismith hit had been turned onto the bar by Archer.
But no doubt to Luton’s frustration, the away side were level within two minutes. Watmore met Marvin Johnson’s cross and saw his header beat Simon Sluga, with the help of a little deflection.
Middlesbrough’s best chance for a second goal in the first half-time saw a Neeskens Kebano cross go in and out of the six yard box without meeting anyone.
Matty Pearson and Johnson traded off target hits in the early stages of the second half as the two teams tried to take control.
The best chance of the second half would see Luton win a penalty with 20 minutes to go. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall was clipped by Grant Hall, but Collins’ penalty was saved by Archer.
Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu fired an errant shot off target from the consequent corner.
Middlesbrough’s best chance for a winner would see George Saville strike the crossbar via a deflection.
In the end, there was to be no winner as the two teams shared a point, as they did in Luton’s first match back in the Championship at the start of last season.
Luton do have a game in hand on teams around them as they seek to keep their grip on a top half finish. It comes on Tuesday against Rotherham, in a match of huge significance for Paul Warne’s Millers as a win would take them out of the relegation zone going into the final day.