Pelly Ruddock has often been Luton’s saving grace this season, but even he wasn’t able to stop Brentford from putting seven past them at the weekend.
After another frantic weekend in the Championship, Brentford were the team who stole the headlines. They beat Luton Town 7-0 at Griffin Park, with midfielder Josh Dasilva scoring his first career hat-trick.
It all went wrong for Graeme Jones’ side. They had just 29% of the ball that game and managed just the one shot on target – they’ve now lost seven of their last nine games in the Championship, but remain a point and a place above the drop zone.
In what’s otherwise been a disappointing season for Luton, Ruddock has been their standout performer. Having been with the club since 2013, winning promotion from the Conference, League Two and League One with the club, he’s again proved that he’s capable in the higher leagues.
His stats for the Brentford game don’t make for great reading though:
Ruddock played on the right of a midfield diamond for Luton but he and his midfield teammates were swamped by Brentford’s midfield-three. Dasilva alongside fellow goalscorer Mathias Jensen and Christian Norgaard dominated in the middle third of the pitch, allowing the likes of Ruddock and Izzy Brown no time to create.
Jones needs his big players to step-up to the mark in these kind of games. Ruddock is one of the players who Jones will turn to in desperate times but on Saturday, he simply couldn’t get going in the game.
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It won’t tarnish what’s otherwise been a decent season for the 26-year-old though. Again he’s proven that with Luton, he has the quality to make the step-up in divisions and now he’s one of their best, if not the best player in the side.
The loss at Brentford will soon be forgotten but the lessons must be learned. Luton simply cannot bow down to teams like they did against Brentford – they were their own downfall on Saturday and Ruddock and co will need a huge performance to put things right in a ‘six-point’ game against Wigan at the weekend.