Hull City 1 – 3 Luton

Depleted Luton moved into third place in the Sky Bet Championship with a disciplined 3-1 victory at Hull.

Despite missing their main defensive line through injury, Nathan Jones’ team produced an exemplary performance.

Elijah Adebayo opened the scoring after nine minutes – a fitting reward for an intense start to the game.

Harry Cornick added a second in the 56th minute, with Luton’s authority underlined by James Bree’s clever free-kick later in the second half.

Hull have been impressive away from home under new manager Shota Arveladze but they have now lost five games on the rebound at MKM Stadium.

Luton Town’s James Bree (centre) celebrates scoring their third goal

And although Tom Eaves scored a consolation with the final kick of the game, the hosts deserved nothing as Luton were more in street possession and much sharper in the final third.

Jones had compared Luton’s treatment room to the Bermuda Triangle – in that ‘whoever goes in doesn’t come out’ – but his players seemed very comfortable in east Yorkshire.

Luton clearly had a plan to press hard on the right of the Hull defense from the start.

It was as quick as it was effective, with Cornick a persistent threat in a one-sided start to the game.

Few inside the MKM stadium could have been too surprised, then, when Adebayo opened the scoring.

He had too much space to charge into the penalty area from the right and the Hull defense held clear of the in-form striker, who had time and space in a dangerous area .

Matt Ingram could have done better, however, as Adebayo’s left-footed shot went through the keeper.

Luton’s opening goal failed to alter the momentum of the first half.

Ingram did well to knock down Luke Berry’s powerful attempt from range in the 21st minute as Jones’ men remained a constant threat during the break.

Hull had their moments afterwards, but Luton goalkeeper James Shea never had to break a sweat once.

And once Cornick doubled Town’s lead, firing from Adebayo’s pass, even the most optimistic Hull fans must have expected the worst.

Luton’s staunch fans this season have been particularly impressed with their energy and vigour.

This was made evident after 72 minutes when, after a period of sustained pressure, Bree scored a well-taken free-kick with a ferocious swing that crashed into the post.

Eaves was Hull’s best player and deserved to score with a deep touch in injury time, but he failed to conceal the Tigers’ flaws at home as Luton rode to victory.

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