Luton’s unbeaten run came to end following a 2-0 defeat to Preston North End at Deepdale.

The damage was done for Nathan Jones’ side in the first half, as a double from Emil Riis gave the hosts a 2-0 lead. Luton were unable to mount a comeback from there and duly slipped to a defeat.

It’s Luton’s first reverse in six games, and sees the team slip out of the top 6 to 10th in a tightly congested Championship table.

Jones’ side had begun the day 5th at the head of a queue of 8 teams all on 21 points and in form, albeit without top scorer Elijah Adebayo after the ex-Walsall striker suffered a hamstring injury in last week’s win over Hull City.

After a cagey start in Lancashire, Preston began to do more of the running. After Tom Barkhuizen saw a speculative effort crash over the top, Riis would put the hosts in front.

The Danish forward, who signed a new contract the day before the match, scored after lashing a well angled first time drive from a tight angle outside the box that caught out Simon Sluga to put the hosts into the lead.

The two sides’ players became entangled in a melee, which saw Alan Browne and Tom Lockyer booked, before Luton’s best chance of the opening half after Glen Rea and Kal Naismith were denied by a double save from home goalkeeper Daniel Iversen.

Luton would fall 2-0 down in second half. A foul by Sonny Bradley on Ali McCann gave North End a penalty, and from 12 yards, Riis scored for the second time to extend Preston’s advantage.

The Hatters introduced Henri Lansbury and Admiral Muskwe as second half substitutes, and the latter nearly brought a goal back within minutes of introduction with a volley well blocked by Iversen.

After a period where Jones’ side had enjoyed lots of possession and half-chances, the visitors then found themselves on the backfoot. Riis fired wide when one-on-one and with the chance to bag a hat trick, before Sluga kept out Barkhuizen and Patrick Bauer. The Croatian keeper also made a stop to deny Scott Sinclair.

Naismith saw a long-range hit denied by Iversen late on, with Fred Onyedinma also hitting one wide, but the Hatters were unable to grab their way back into the contest and slipped to a loss in the North West.