Luton 2 – 0 W Bromine

West Brom’s search for a first win under manager Steve Bruce continues after they were beaten 2-0 by fellow Luton play-off hopefuls.

Goals from Cameron Jerome and Allan Campbell did some damage for the Hatters.

Luton closed early. A fine move freed centre-half Tom Lockyer on the right and his low cross was hounded towards goal by Admiral Muskwe, but keeper Sam Johnstone comfortably collected.

Former Newcastle and England striker Andy Carroll had a chance but his header was saved by Jed Steer, who was making his first league start for Luton.

Matt Clarke moved forward from the defense to play a wide ball to Conor Townsend, then met the following cross, but his header went wide.

The Baggies almost took the lead at 20 minutes. Steer’s poor clearance was grabbed by Carroll who fed Karlan Grant and his shot went through the keeper but rolled painfully past a post.

Luton also remained a threat, with Jerome seeing a snap from 25 yards past the target.

Alex Mowatt sent two hopeful efforts over the crossbar as the Baggies should have gone in front just before the break.

Kal Naismith’s pass through his own box went straight to Grant who managed an effort against the bar, before Carroll’s rebound was parried by Steer.

Townsend saw a header hooked by Gabe Osho, before Luton had a golden opportunity to advance themselves.

Campbell ran 50 yards before setting Jerome up and his left-footed shot beat Johnstone but the ball hit inside a post.

The experienced striker broke the deadlock in the 55th minute, however, when a free-kick was swung in by Naismith and met by Jerome with a header from the ball that flew over Johnstone for his first league goal of the season.

Campbell put the result beyond doubt with six minutes to go as a carefully worked shot down the left from Luton saw the ball play to the Scottish midfield and he moved forward before unleashing a terrific shot past Johnstone at 22 meters.

The Baggies almost made for a nervous final moment when Carroll escaped at the far post, but he could only send a header against the bar as the Baggies’ wait for a first road goal from the start December continued.

Darnell Furlong’s stoppage-time header directly at Steer summed up their afternoon in front of goal, as Luton raced past their opponents to move within two points of the top six.

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