Luton Town were beaten 2-0 by Queens Park Rangers as the Hatters sunk to back-to-back defeats.
Nathan Jones’ side had chances, but early goals in each half by Chris Willock and Charlie Austin decided the game in the home side’s favour.
Victory in West London would’ve seen Luton jump QPR in the table, but instead a third defeat in four games sees them remain in midtable.
In a match played live on Sky TV on Friday night, Luton nearly made an ideal start. Elijah Adebayo stole the ball in proximity to the goal, but was unable to round Seny Dieng before Harry Cornick’s rebound was blocked.
QPR would score inside the opening 10 minutes. On a home counter, Willock received Ilias Chair’s pass before lofting the ball over and beyond Sluga.
A lively game would see both get close. QPR’s Lee Wallace curled a shot wide, before Cornick had a drive denied by Dieng and Yoann Barbet had to block a later try by Adebayo.
Luton would come close again just after half-time, as Tom Lockyer saw an effort deflected onto the post before Kal Naismith saw a header ripple the side-netting.
But QPR would grab a second goal ten minutes after the restart. Sonny Bradley was ruled to have conceded a free-kick after a foul on Willock, and after the free-kick was half-cleared, a second cross found Austin, who found the net.
Luton made changes to try and respond, but there was no breakthrough for the visitors in the remaining time and instead QPR held out to register a clean sheet.
The result leaves Luton 11th in the Championship table, though this is ahead of several sides within 3 points of them playing later. The Hatters will seek to return to winning ways on Tuesday, when they travel to face Nottingham Forest.