Luton Town produced their most complete performance of the season on Saturday, as they defeated Lee Johnson’s Bristol City 3-0 at Kenilworth Road.
Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu put the Hatters ahead shortly after the break, with a spectacular curling effort from 20-yards out. Another strike for Harry Cornick six minutes later and an own goal from Robins defender Ashley Williams sealed a crucial three points for Graeme Jones’s side.
It all came together for the home side, as they also kept their first clean sheet in the league this season, handing Bristol City their first league defeat since August in the process.
The win has taken Luton to 16th in the league, with 14 points from 12 Championship games.
Here’s three things we learnt about The Hatters over the weekend after their big win…
Shea could challenge Sluga for No.1 Jersey
Graeme Jones lauded James Shea’s performance in the Luton goal as “outstanding” on Saturday, as the shot stopper produced a fine display to help the home side keep their first clean sheet in 12 league matches.
So far this season, Jones has opted for Croatian Simon Sluga between the posts, but it has not been all plain sailing for the stopper. The 26-year-old has conceded 20 goals in the 11 games he has started.
This situation can be compared with Luton’s League One campaign last season, where Shea replaced Marek Stech in goal, eventually cementing the No.1 position. The Islington-born goalkeeper will want to show he is capable at Championship level, after he won the League One Golden Glove last season.
Luton stalwart Mpanzu can cut it in the Championship
It is incredible to think that the Hatter’s current longest serving player has scored for his club in each division from the National League to the Championship.
Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu produced another man-of-the-match performance on Saturday, capped by an outstanding goal that Daniel Bentley had no chance of stopping in the Robins’ goal.
The 25-year-old from Hendon joined Luton the season they achieved promotion from the Conference, and has notched up 181 league appearances since then, winning two further promotions. He is surely is one of the first names on the team sheet, and is proving to be one of the better box-to-box midfielders in the division.
Graeme Jones is starting to get the best out of his players
Only one defeat in the last four games suggest that things are slowly starting to gel under Graeme Jones’s management, after a disappointing opening few weeks of the campaign.
The Hatters manager has had to deal with key players moving on over the summer such as Jack Stacey and James Justin to Bournemouth and Leicester respectively.
It was clear that against Bristol City, the Hatters were making use of the wings, and using the counter attack to their advantage. With winger Harry Cornick also in good form, this could spell good signs.