Luton Town’s difficult patch continued as the Hatters suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Cardiff City.

A much changed Hatters side conceded first after Rubin Colwill headed in an early opener, giving Cardiff a first goal in a Championship first half this season.

Jordan Clark did equalise for the hosts, but Cardiff struck again through captain Sean Morrison and duly ground out the three points.

Defeat on a cold afternoon in Bedfordshire means Luton are now on a run of four games without a win, as they slip down to 14th in the Championship table.

Luton boss Nathan Jones opted to make five changes to the side that drew at Nottingham Forest in midweek, but before they could properly adjust to the revisions, they fell behind.

Perry Ng’s cross picked out Colwill, who sent a free header beyond the returning Simon Sluga. Luton’s Croatian goalkeeper did get a touch, but was ruled to have done so from behind the goal line and the goal stood.

In response to the early blow, Luton offered little. A few dangerous crosses came after the half hour mark, but a wayward Kal Naismith drive was the best the hosts could offer.

At the start of the second period, Cardiff could’ve taken a decisive further advantage. Mark McGuinness headed over from close range, before Colwill saw a drive saved by Sluga.

Luton began to show more. Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu saw a drive narrowly crash over the top, before Tom Lockyer also headed off target.

Eventually, the home side would equalise after 64 minutes. Clark received Elijah Adebayo’s pull back, and the ex-Accrington winger duly placed his strike into the back of the net.

But home fans who thought Luton might push on would be disappointed. Instead, Cardiff would move back in front 13 minutes later. Ryan Giles found Morrison, who beat Sluga to put the Welsh side in front for a second time.

Luton’s best chance to level saw Clark lash over almost straight after the Cardiff goal, as the away side saw the job through to pick up a fifth consecutive win over Luton Town.

Jones’ side last won on November 2nd, and they will be seeking to fix this sub-par run when they travel to Blackpool next Saturday (04/12).