Huddersfield Town 1-2 Luton Town: Reece Burke scores a dramatic late winner after coming off the bench to help Rob Edwards’ side win their third consecutive game and move into the play-off places
- Reece Burke grabbed a dramatic late winner against Huddersfield on Sunday
- The 62nd-minute substitute finished superbly with just six minutes remaining
- The 26-year-old’s strike even lifted Rob Edwards’ side into the play-off places
Reece Burke grabbed a dramatic late winner as Luton underlined their promotion pedigree with a third straight win and ended Huddersfield’s recent revival.
The defender – a 62nd-minute substitute – finished superbly with just six minutes remaining to lift the Hatters into the play-off places.
‘Luton’s going to the Premier League!’ chanted the visiting supporters after another hugely impressive statement of intent from Rob Edwards’ side.
Reece Burke grabbed a dramatic late winner as Luton underlined their promotion pedigree with a third straight win and ended Huddersfield’s recent revival
To win three successive games in the Championship within the space of eight days over the festive period is not easy.
It was not pretty either at times against a Huddersfield fighting desperately for their lives.
Yet there was a spirit and a determination about the Hatters and that did for their hosts, who remain rooted in the relegation zone after their two-game winning streak came to an end.
Edwards’ first game in charge of Luton ended in defeat at Middlesbrough but they arrived in West Yorkshire on the back of successive wins over Norwich and QPR.
Luton Town manager Rob Edwards was delighted with his side’s victory on Sunday afternoon
The visitors went close to opening the scoring in the 10th minute when Elijah Adebayo advanced beyond a leaden-footed Huddersfield rearguard.
He found himself one on one with Town goalkeeper Lee Nicholls, who made a fine save to smother Adebayo’s effort.
The Hatters largely dominated possession but genuine goalscoring opportunities were scarce for both teams as the match unfolded.
Recent wins against Preston and Rotherham had poured confidence into Huddersfield and they led through Holmes’ second goal in as many games.
In the 25th minute the hosts broke the deadlock after good work from Aston Villa loanee Kaine Kesler-Hayden.
The impressive young wing-back, playing on the right flank, found Jack Rudoni on the edge of the 18-yard box before his pass was collected by Holmes, who had the time and space to drill home a low, right-foot shot into the Luton net.
It was Holmes’ second goal in as many games following his superb opener in last Thursday’s 2-0 home win over Rotherham.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield were devastated after opening the scoring in the 25th minute
Yet the Terriers were dealt a huge blow eight minutes before the interval when influential captain Jonathan Hogg landed awkwardly and had to be replaced.
Luton drew level in the 43rd minute when Alfie Doughty embarked on a strong run down the right flank and crossed low into the box.
Amari’i Bell was lurking 12 yards from goal and his fierce right-foot shot was hacked away by Huddersfield defender Michal Helik – but only after the ball had crossed the line.
As rain began to fall in the second half, genuine chances remained at a premium but a neat passing move cut Huddersfield apart and handed Huddersfield victory six minutes from time.
The ball was worked through midfield to James Bree, whose cross from the right flank found its way to Burke after a slip from Huddersfield defender Will Boyle.
Burke steadied himself and then hit a low right-foot shot into the far corner of the Terriers’ net, prompting raucous scenes in the visiting dug-out and away end.
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