Four observations made as Luton Town extend unbeaten run with 1-0 victory at Norwich City
Luton Town stretched their unbeaten run to seven Championship games at Norwich City on Tuesday night as the Hatters ran out as 1-0 winners at Carrow Road.
Carlton Morris’ seventh goal of this second-tier campaign secured yet another three points for the high-flying visitors, showing a combination of great skill and composure to net against his former employers.
Sitting firmly in the play-offs, and with a massive clash against rivals Watford in sight, it is set to be an exciting few days of sheer anticipation.
Here, are four observations made after what was an excellent evening in Norfolk…
Alfie Doughty adds something completely different
Alfie Doughty was a surprise inclusion in the starting XI on Tuesday evening, with the summer signing yet to play a competitive minute for the Bedfordshire club.
The flying wing-back was handed a role more advanced than what he typically knows, and after taking a few minutes to settle into the game, he returned a performance full of energy and attacking endeavour.
A real menace when driving forward with purpose, it was an exciting performance from the 22-year-old who will be hoping to kick on and play his part at Watford.
Classy Carlton repays gritty defensive performance
Carlton Morris has been fantastic in a Luton shirt, with the signing from Barnsley already justifying the expected hefty fee the Hatters paid for him.
The 26-year-old has emerged as a source of important goals over the last few weeks, and against his boyhood club.
Absolutely vital to the way the Hatters play when breaking forward against quality opposition, he took his opportunity on a night where chances were few and far between.
No-nonsense Lockyer continues to thrive
As mentioned above, it was a gritty and determined defensive display from the Hatters, and whilst they saw little possession, they restricted the hosts to very little throughout the 90 minutes.
As a collective, Luton defended admirably, but it was Tom Lockyer who particularly stood out, with the Welshman providing to be dominant yet composed when winning back possession.
With a World Cup around the corner, the defender has certainly hit form at the right kind of time.
Norwich (a) 20/21 vs Norwich (a) 22/23
When Luton visited Carrow Road back during the 2020/21 campaign, there was a sense of naivety to the way they played and that was reflected by the eventual 3-0 loss.
Tuesday night, was an almost polar opposite display, from a mentality perspective at least, with the Hatters aggressive and positive in their approach.
There is now belief when Luton travel away that they will be competitive against any side in the division, regardless of finances, form and the size of the club.