Luton Town returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory on the Lancashire coast yesterday afternoon, courtesy of Luke Berry’s 57th-minute strike.
It is a result that leaves the Hatters two points and two positions outside of the play-off positions with there now being two games before the World Cup-enforced break.
Here, are four observations made during Luton’s 1-0 triumph at Bloomfield Road…
Tom Lockyer has seemingly got better and better as this season has progressed, with yesterday standing out as a sensational performance.
Not only has he seen a defensive department decimate around him on the injury front, but he has also been able to thrive during this period of adversity.
The Welsh defender completely nullified the threat of a real physical presence in Gary Madine, all whilst reading the game fantastically well.
Lockyer has done everything possible to get himself on the plane to Qatar. It is now down to Rob Page.
If you have not seen Luke Berry’s goal, it is probably exactly how you have imagined it.
Such an intelligent reader of the game, Berry managed to give himself a half-yard advantage in front of his marker, anticipating that Lockyer would head the ball back into the danger area.
Once gaining that little bit of space in the area, the 30-year-old fired into the roof of the net.
In a game of fine margins, Berry is the king of delivering the kind of moments that he did yesterday afternoon.
Away form continues to sparkle
No team in the Championship has accumulated more points per game away from home than the Hatters.
Luton’s form away from Kenilworth Road has been excellent thus far this season, with the Bedfordshire club averaging 1.89 PPG on their travels.
Proving to be extremely organised out of possession on their recent travels, barring the Watford defeat, Luton’s ability to grind out positive results away from home has been excellent.
Mr versatile impresses again
Tasked with operating in a rather unfamiliar right-wing-back role, an early injury to Dan Potts meant that his defensive responsibilities grew.
As a result of Potts coming off and Harry Cornick on, Nathan Jones opted to deploy a 4-2-3-1 formation, meaning that Clark moved to the right-back position.
A player who has displayed excellent levels of versatility during his time at Kenilworth Road, Clark once again put in a strong shift and played an important role against the threat posed by CJ Hamilton.