Luton Town missed an opportunity to get back into the play-off positions, with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Stoke City at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.
The Hatters, who have now dropped to tenth as a result, remain just two points from QPR in sixth, and it is in fact the West London club who Luton visit after this International break.
In a game where there were not too many clear-cut opportunities for either, Jacob Brown tapped in from Romaine Sawyers cross to ensure the three points went back to Staffordshire.
It was Luton’s first defeat on home soil in seven games, and with tough tests to come after the international break, Nathan Jones will b looking to use this time effectively.
Here, we take a look at three things we learnt about Luton during their 1-0 loss at home to Stoke…
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Luton are missing Luke Berry
Not too many Luton fans would have expected Luke Berry to be as influential as he has been so far this season.
The 29-year-old has already proved to be an important source of goals and chances for The Hatters, chipping in with six goal contributions in just 436 minutes of Championship action.
However, it is his relentless and intelligent pressing that has seen him emerge as such a vital part to Luton’s midfield.
The former Cambridge United man has helped Luton win possession high up the field this season, with one particular time, helping Cornick to net against Coventry City.
Elijah Adebayo can be kept quiet
Elijah Adebayo has been excellent for Luton this season, with his physicality and ability on the ball making him a nightmare for opposing defences.
Even when he has not been at his best, the young forward has still been able to make a big impact with his strength and aerial prowess.
However, Stoke managed the 23-year-old excellently well and completely nullified his threat during the 90 minutes.
Not too many teams have managed or will manage to restrict Adebayo, but The Potters certainly did.
Allan Campbell is full of fight
With Berry and Henri Lansbury both missing the clash, Luton welcomed Allan Campbell back to the starting XI, less than two months after rupturing ankle ligaments.
The Scottish midfielder showed his combative side against a well-structured Stoke team, helping win back possession and push The Potters back.
Despite his harrying and pressing not causing much joy against Stoke, it is something that could certainly help Luton as the season progresses.