Luton ended a convincing six-game winless streak with a resounding 5-0 Sky Bet Championship win over top-flight Coventry at Kenilworth Road.
The hosts took the lead after two minutes when forward Elijah Adebayo was tripped just inside the box by visiting defender Jake Clarke-Salter.
The forward dusted himself off to crush Simon Moore for his fourth goal of the season and his second penalty in as many home games.
A long Harry Cornick throw was thrown for Luke Berry to come in and nod narrowly off the target, before Town scored a second in the 18th minute.
A short free kick was played to Jordan Clark and he returned the ball to the area where Kal Naismith rose the highest to head towards Cornick, who nodded in front of exposed Moore.
The game was later shut down because a Coventry fan was taken from the stands for medical treatment. When the action resumed, the Chapeliers took the score to 3-0 after the half hour.
Cornick was superbly able to get past two defenders and hit Tom Lockyer’s pass before picking up Berry’s run, which came in at close range.
Clark was inches from a fourth, his head dropping just off as Coventry finally began to poke his fist out of it. Martyn Waghorn’s heel was blocked by local defense, then Dominic Hyam hit the side net.
However, Luton came back strong after eight minutes of stoppage time, scoring in the final 60 seconds as Lockyer sent James Bree to the right and his cross was thrown by Cornick for Adebayo to bury his second.
After the break City looked to gain some respectability in the scoring, as Viktor Gyokeres stepped in to test Simon Sluga, but they quickly got the ball back into the net with 58 minutes remaining.
A free kick from the back went completely wrong as Berry intercepted to find Cornick, who doubled his score for the evening via a slight deflection.
Bree was looking to get his own name on the scoresheet, dropping narrowly to the far post on another forward foray, while Adebayo looked to complete his treble from a distance, pulling off an effort that forced Moore to sidestep. hang with gratitude.
Berry was denied another penalty when he felt his 18-yard drive had been handed over, before combining with Naismith to find replacement Carlos Mendes Gomes, who was denied by Moore’s legs who was advancing.
Clark tried his luck from 20 yards, Moore rallying easily, before Cameron Jerome nearly opened his league account for the Hatters in the playoffs, tilting his head off the target of Naismith’s inviting delivery.
What the managers said …
by Luton Nathan Jones: “We asked them to score the first goal, keep a clean sheet and win and I would have taken two. It was a complete performance, it is my best performance as a manager of Luton at a mile because I know we’ve scored eight’s and seven’s and five away in some places, but it’s in the championship against a very good team, a team that is third and could have been in the lead tonight.
“So that’s the magnitude of the performance because from start to finish I thought we were exceptional. It should have been more, we had shots at targets, bullets going through the box, control that we had in the game. They had a chance in the first half that hit the net and that’s a team that scores goals, a team that is third in the league, a team that crushed teams, and that’s a good team. Mark did a great job here, but it shows the magnitude of the performance. “
Coventry Marc Robin: “We have to handle things better. We ended up being in tatters and we ended up chasing after the game from the start, there were four of us before we could breathe. We didn’t create enough and we didn’t approached their goal. Luton were very good at what they were doing and we weren’t very good at dealing with it. It was a disappointment and we have to dust ourselves off and learn from it and not let that happen again .
“Our away form hasn’t been brilliant and that’s something we will have to look at. At home it’s a different story so hopefully we can park and pass Fulham quickly on Saturday because they’re one of the best teams in the division. “