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3 things we clearly learnt about Luton in 2-1 win over Blackburn

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Luton Town picked up their third Championship win of the season on Saturday, beating Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Ewood Park.

James Collins put Luton ahead inside 20 minutes, nodding home from an Izzy Brown cross.

The home side pulled one back just before half time when Lewis Travis curled an outside-of-the-box strike past Simon Sluga.

However, Matty Pearson scored the winner against his former side just before the hour mark, rising highest to meet a Brown free-kick and power a header into the back of the net.

The win takes the Hatters up to 17th in the Championship and pushes them five points clear of the relegation zone.

With that in mind, we examine THREE things we learnt about Luton from their display at Ewood Park…

Their backline looked much more resolute

Blackburn had 66% of possession against the Hatters on Saturday and had almost double the number of shots but Graeme Jones’ side put in a resolute defensive effort.

No team outside the Championship top 10 have scored as many goals as Luton this season but they have also conceded the third most, so if they can continue to keep a tight defence they could climb the table further.

James Collins looks settled at this level

Collins opener against Blackburn was his fifth goal in the Championship this season and makes him joint-third top-scorer in the division.

The 28-year-old’s lack of experience at this level will likely have been a concern for Luton fans heading into the season but he looks settled now.

We’ve seen in the lower leagues just how prolific Collins can be, having scored 20 goals or more all of the last three seasons, and he looks to have carried that form with him into the Championship.

Izzy Brown looks far better in a more advanced position

The Chelsea loanee was utilised in the number 10 role behind the two strikers against Blackburn and had arguably his finest performance in a Luton shirt.

Brown provided the assists for both goals, producing two fantastic crosses, and created issues throughout the game with his driving runs and impressive distribution.

That role seems to have got the best out of the midfielder and Jones will surely be using him there in the future.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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