4 observations made as Luton Town complete the double over Norwich City
Luton Town secured all three points via a 2-1 victory against Norwich City last night, during what was Rob Edwards’ first match in charge at Kenilworth Road.
Allan Campbell opened the scoring on the hour mark for the hosts before Teemu Pukki restored parity in clinical fashion.
It was substitute Cauley Woodrow who ensured that the three points remained in Bedfordshire when his emphatic effort found the top corner after excellent work from Jordan Clark.
Here, are four observations that were made during last night’s clash at Kenilworth Road…
Cauley Woodrow delivers when it matters
With the Hatters possessing excellent frontline options, and with Cauley Woodrow suffering an injury back in September, he has struggled to really get going.
The former Barnsley man has been confined to just 232 minutes of Championship football thus far, although his showing against Blackburn Rovers, prior to his injury, and the game-changing strike from yesterday’s clash provides optimism about what is still to come.
Whilst Elijah Adebayo and Carlton Morris bullied the Norwich defence last night, what they lacked was the composure and positivity that Woodrow displayed in the dying embers of last night’s clash.
Alfie Doughty is a machine
Tasked with providing width and posing a threat in an attacking sense, whilst keeping the electric Max Aarons quiet, it is fair to say that he can put a tick next to both those objectives.
Dangerous when progressing with the ball and a player who typifies the pressing game that Luton have developed over recent seasons, there is a lot to like about the young wing-back.
A player who has proven his versatility during the early stages of his Luton career, he is benefitting from a run of games at left-wing-back.
Red card theme
Luton did not tend to pick up many red cards under the stewardship of Nathan Jones, however, that is now two in two games under Rob Edwards.
Gabe Osho’s first yellow card during yesterday’s clash with Norwich was a harsh one but he will not have any complaints about the second one that paved the way for his dismissal.
Of course, Luton press with intensity and when teams manage to push past the press, then that creates opportunities for yellow cards to be picked up.
During Edwards’ first game in charge, the red card picked up by Amari’i Bell aided Middlesbrough to pick up a late winner, whilst against the Canaries it went the other way.
Yesterday proved to be another fast start from the Hatters, with a combination of the press, combination play at the top-end of the pitch and the physicality of the two forwards causing all sorts of chaos for the Norfolk club.
Seeing the same happen during their visit to Middlesbrough in what was Edwards’ first game in charge, the new Town boss will be hoping that they can continue operating in this way.
Edwards will be hoping that the Hatters are fast out of the blocks when they visit QPR on Thursday, with Loftus Road being a destination where Luton have seen no joy since their Championship return.