Andrew Shinnie helped Luton Town pick up their second consecutive Championship victory after they defeated Huddersfield Town 2-1 at Kenilworth Road.
The 30-year-old secured the three points after his long-range effort found the bottom corner with just 25 minutes remaining.
This is the Scot’s third season at the Hatters, having been integral in their consecutive promotion seasons, from both League Two and League One.
He played 90 minutes on Saturday and was the star of the show as Graeme Jones’s side begin to show signs that they’ve found their feet in the Championship.
The former Birmingham City midfielder performed well in the middle of the park and did more than just score the winner.
His pass accuracy was excellent throughout. Having played the full game, Shinnie ended up with an 87% pass accuracy, a very high standard for a Championship side and something that the Hatters will be very encouraged with heading into the international break.
The midfielder looked excellent on the ball and was able to maintain possession and create chances throughout. This was his fifth league game of the season, as he looks to help keep the Hatters in the Championship.
Despite scoring, he wasn’t just effective at that end of the pitch. Shinnie made five interceptions against the Terriers and won 67% of his defensive duels. That shows how influential he was in the victory, as his box-to-box attitude helped secure Luton’s third win this week in all competitions.
His long-range shooting also caused problems for Mark Hudson’s side. Before his winner, Shinnie had an effort that flew narrowly past the post, almost warning Huddersfield what was about to happen.
Experience will be key for Luton this season, especially if they are looking to stay in the division. That is something that the ex-Rangers player has in abundance. He has made over 70 Championship appearances, and that know-how will become vital over the course of the season.
Last season, Shinnie showed his importance to not just the supporters, but to the rest of his team-mates. He picked up the Player’ Player of the year award at the end of a campaign that saw the Hatters crowned as League One champions.
Luton will be hoping to continue their fairly solid start to the season when they travel to QPR after the international break. Jones will be hoping that his star players, such as Shinnie, will once again be in their best form as they look for their fourth consecutive victory in all competitions.