Luton Town, Bournemouth and Watford Star in Most Recent Championship Game-Week
Luton Town Eliminate Any Relegation Worries With Comfortable Victory
In a bizarre opening 15 minutes, the score could have quite easily been 3-3. The Hatters looked dangerous in possession and threatened on several occasions, but the visitors broke out from the back brilliantly and were unlucky not to grab an early away goal. Luton started to insert their dominance as the half wore on and opened the scoring through an unlikely source. Right-back James Bree got on the end of Harry Cornick‘s deep cross and volleyed his effort beyond Ben Wilson in the Coventry goal. In the 42nd minute, Elijah Adebayo coolly converted from the penalty spot after Kyle McFadzean was adjudged to have handled the ball on the line and was subsequently shown the red card. The Hatters made the extra man count but were unable to add an all-important third.
The Hatters now sit in 14th place, with a top-half finish becoming a newly set objective by Nathan Jones. For the Sky Blues, they remain a mere six points above the relegation zone, but the current occupiers Rotherham, have three games in hand.
Cherries Brush Aside Promotion-Hopefuls Swansea City
Phillip Billing spectacularly opened the scoring in the ninth minute, with an acrobatic effort that flew beyond Freddie Woodman in the Swans goal. Moments before half-time, an own-goal doubled the hosts’ lead, when Joel Latibeaudiare converted past his own keeper to give Arnaut Danjuma his second assist of the game. And it was the Dutchman who eventually sealed the three points for the home side when he powered his effort past Woodman in the 87th minute to complete a comfortable night for Jonathan Woodgate‘s side.
With Reading losing, Bournemouth moved to within two points of the play-offs. For Swansea, they are now three points off Watford in second but still possess a vital game in hand.
Hornets Hit Four in Yorkshire
Francisco Sierralta nodded in an early opener before Ismaila Sarr volleyed in from close range to double his sides lead in the 26th minute. Watford continued their first-half dominance with a third goal before half-time, when Ken Semavolleyed past Jamal Blackman in the Rotherham goal, after Philip Zinckernagel‘s cross evaded his intended targets. In the 68th minute, Freddie Ladapo clawed a goal back for the struggling Millers, when his marvellous swerved effort found the top-right corner. But, the three-goal advantage was restored less than a minute later. Dan Gosling followed up Andre Gray‘s effort for a simple tap-in.
The Millers still sit six points below Birmingham City and Coventry but possess three games in hand to escape the Championship drop. The Hornets are still second and are three points above Swansea and five above Brentford, albeit both clubs have a game in hand.