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  • Writer's pictureBilly Mulley

4 observations made during Luton Town's first Premier League point in 1-1 draw vs Wolves

Luton Town earned their first Premier League point on Saturday during a 1-1 draw against Wolves, on a day where all three points were certainly in view.

Pedro Neto opened the scoring for the visitors early in the second half, after Wolves had been reduced to ten men in the 39th minute. Jean-Ricner Bellegarde was handed his marching orders when he appeared to stamp on Tom Lockyer.

The Hatters were level on 65 minutes when Carlton Morris stepped up from the penalty spot to net his second spot-kick of the campaign, following a handball incident that has been the hot topic of discussion amongst the national media.

Here, we take a look at 4 things we noticed during Saturday’s draw at Wolves…

Chieo and Doughty terrorise down the left flank

Adding several new players during the summer and still being in the infancy of this Premier League campaign, relationships within the Luton Town squad are still establishing, however, you would have thought that Alfie Doughty and Chiedozie Ogbene had been teammates for years based on Saturday’s showing.

Both returned seriously impressive performances against a Wolves right-hand side that was full of high-level experience, with the pair’s relentless running, combination play and final third contributions causing chaos.

The left-sided duo will have taken lots of confidence from Saturday and it is exciting to think that there will be even more to come from them.

Extra man advantage doesn’t bear fruit

Luton exploded into life from minute one against their Midlands opponents on Saturday and the first 35 minutes were electric.

However, Bellegarde's red card did not have the effect that most Town fans would have hoped for. It meant that Wolves dropped deeper, deciding to try and suck up Luton's possession and counter with pace and directness (evidenced in Neto's goal).

Luton struggled last season when lower-end Championship clubs deployed a low block and on Saturday, the Bedfordshire club faced a familiar issue.

Chance-creation numbers improve but still room for improvement

Particularly in the opening exchanges, the Hatters managed to create lots of opportunities and managed to carve out opening after opening.

This was backed up by the number with Luton generating an xG of 1.85, which was the highest from all the teams that played on Saturday, with that figure being drawn up from was 20 attempts.

You still get the impression that there is more to come from a chance-creation perspective but Saturday appeared to be a sign of things to come, with relationships across the pitch seemingly improving each week.

Blink and you’re behind

On a personal level, the biggest difference between the Championship and the Premier League so far has been the ruthlessness of top-tier opponents, with Saturday's game against Wolves highlighting that once again.

The visitors conjured up two real chances in 90 minutes and managed to score one of them, with Pedro Neto taking full advantage of a rare Tom Lockyer indecision.

Luton have proven to be an organised unit so far who have defended fairly well for the most part, however, slight lapses of concentration and individual mistakes paint the picture differently.

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