The old proverbial ‘a game of two halves’ could not be truer when describing the events that unfolded at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, as Luton Town and Swansea City played out an entertaining 3-3 draw.
Nathan Jones’ side started spectacularly, going 3-0 up inside 25 minutes and they were knocking on the door to add a fourth.
Luke Berry added his third of the season after seven minutes before an Elijah Adebayo brace put The Hatters in a commanding position.
However, The Swans made three substitutions at the break, with Ben Cabango, Oliver Ntcham, and Joel Piroe all entering the fray, and to good effect.
In the 58th minute, Harry Cornick missed a gilt-edged chance to seal the points for The Hatters, but his effort came cannoning back off the post.
Five minutes later, Jamie Paterson’s deflected effort beat Simon Sluga, who has unable to claw back the ball from crossing the line.
Ntcham then added even more pressure to the Bedfordshire club, when he fired in from 30 yards out before Piroe expertly slotted into the bottom corner from outside the area.
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Glen Rea for Elijah Adebayo
There was certainly logic behind this one as Luton tried to shut The Swans out for the remaining five minutes.
But, what this substitution meant was that Luton had even fewer bodies pressing the ball outside the area, and ultimately, the equaliser was a third strike from outside the area.
As the second half wore on, Luton pushed deeper and deeper, with the defensive-minded addition of Glen Rea pushing The Hatters back even further.
Jordan Clark for Luke Berry
With Luton 3-0 up and causing, welcoming Jordan Clark back into the team was exciting for the Luton faithful.
The midfielder is a real creative spark for Luton, and he would have been an excellent player to bring on if The Hatters were chasing the game.
And whilst he was not directly at fault for any of the goals, Berry is an extremely intelligent midfielder whose relentless energy would have meant that Luton would not have afforded The Swans time on the edge of the area.
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Cameron Jerome for Harry Cornick
Cornick was exceptional for The Hatters, with his direct running and constant pressure, helping Luton emerge so dominant in the first half.
It was his runs in behind that cause Swansea so many problems, but when Jerome replaced him at 3-1 with 15 minutes left to play, Luton lost an out ball.
Subsequently, Luton were unable to break when they had possession, allowing Swansea to mount the pressure on.
Jerome pressed the backline well when he came on and won a few headers to relieve the pressure somewhat, but given Luton’s decision to back off, he was working in isolation at times.