Luton Town managed a 0-0 draw with 10 man Nottingham Forest at The City Ground, with a penalty saved in the main dramatic moment.

After a tight opening half, Luton were handed a great chance to take the lead with a second half penalty. But Elijah Adebayo’s penalty kick was denied by home keeper Brice Samba.

The home side had seen Jack Colback sent off for the incident that gave Luton a penalty. But Nathan Jones’ side couldn’t follow it up with a breakthrough, as the game ended all square.

The result sees Luton pick up a point after defeats in their previous two matches, but they missed out on a chance for a first away win since October 16th. They sit 11th in the league table.

Luton’s plans were affected when goalkeeper Simon Sluga was asked to self-isolate after a close contact tested positive for covid. But James Shea, who was in for his first start of the season, had little to do in a close-fought opening half.

Philip Zinckernagel saw an early strike deflect wide for the hosts before Scott McKenna headed narrowly over at a corner.

The visitors meanwhile had few chances going forward, with Allan Campbell and ex-Forest man Henri Lansbury having most prominent half-chances.

Forest created a strong opportunity to take the lead just after half-time. Lyle Taylor evaded former Charlton team mate Tom Lockyer but saw a snapshot denied by Shea.

At the other end, Luton were then given a great chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty. Colback hauled down Lockyer as the two competed for a corner, giving the visitors a penalty and earning the midfielder-turned-left-back a second yellow card.

Luton were however unable to rub further salt in home wounds. Adebayo stepped up from the penalty spot but Samba managed to save with his legs and divert the kick over his own bar.

The visitors struggled to break through the Forest rear-guard after that. But they would see some chances to take a winner, as Jordan Clark flashed a strike just wide before Samba made a fine save in injury time to keep out Kal Naismith.

The result means Luton have to be content with a point, and they will seek a return to winning ways on Saturday when they host Cardiff City.