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  • Writer's pictureAlex Oakhill

Luton Town 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Luton Town fell to back to back home defeats in the Premier League after a Micky van de Ven goal saw Spurs leave Kenilworth Road with all three points. The away side were much the better team in the first half, forcing a couple of sharp saves from Thomas Kaminski, but failed to put Luton to the sword. On the stroke of half time the Hatters were given a major boost, when Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissouma produced a ridiculous dive, and was subsequently given his second yellow to reduce Postecoglu's side to ten men.

The dismissal meant the second half was a far more even affair. However, the turning point in the game came in a seven minute period after the half time break. First Elijah Adebayo spurned a glorious chance for the Hatters, unable to properly connect with Ogbene's cross as an open goal beckoned in front of him. Just five minutes later, Rob Edwards' side switched off from a Spurs corner, and van de Ven fired home from close range. The Hatters pushed hard for an equaliser, but just didn't quite have the quality in the final third to snatch a point.

Player Ratings

Thomas Kaminski - 7.5

Arguably the Belgian's best performance in a Luton shirt. Made some top class stops from Richarlison and Kulusevski in the first half to keep the Town in the game. Commanded his box well and came out confidently when it was needed. Could do very little about van de Ven's close range strike.

Reece Burke - 6.5

It was a slightly different position for Burke, more of a traditional full back, but the defender coped well as always, as solid and reliable as ever. Spurs were always going to create chances with the quality they have but Burke certainly did not disgrace himself at right back.

Mads Andersen - 6..5

Coming in for the injured Bell, only to get injured himself early in the second half as Luton's centre back struggles continued. Marshalled Son and co well whilst he was on the pitch, and Luton fans will hope his injury is minor.

Tom Lockyer - 7

Thought he had put the Town in front, heading in from close range in the first half, only for the goal to be ruled out due to a push from Adebayo. Was always going to have a challenging game, up against a quality player like Heung Min Son, but the Welshman was confident and strong, barely giving the South Korean a sniff.

Alfie Doughty - 6.5

Playing more of a traditional left back role, Doughty was limited in terms of his attacking threat. He still did have his moments however, firing just over after cutting inside as the Town pushed on for an equaliser. Will be disappointed that none of his corner or free kick deliveries resulted in a goal.

Marvellous Nakamba - 6.5

Solid as always from the ex Villa man. Facing up against a strong Tottenham midfield barely phased Nakamba, and he didn't look out of place at all. Passing was a bit shaky at times and he snatched at an opportunity in the first half, showing why he often opts to not shoot from distance.

Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu - 6.5

Brought energy and power to the midfield. Had his work cut out up against the very impressive Maddison, but did well enough against the Spurs number 10. Struggled to provide that spark for the Town attacking wise, despite solid defensive work.

Chiedozie Ogbene - 8

Quickly becoming Luton's main man, and only source of creativity. The crowd rises with anticipation when he gets the ball, his extraordinary pace scaring full backs in every game he's played. Unlucky not to get his first assist of the season when Adebayo couldn't convert his delicious cross at the back post.

Jacob Brown - 5.5

Brown was used as a right wing/right back hybrid in the first half, meaning he was unable to be fully released at the Spurs defence. In the second half he had more freedom, and should've done much better with a free header in the box. Taken off relatively early as Rob Edwards sought more creativity.

Carlton Morris - 6.5

Morris may not come up against two better centre backs this season, both Romero and van de Ven where extremely physical and quick. Still, the Town's frontman tirelessly pressed and held the ball up well.

Elijah Adebayo - 5.5

His overall play was quite good, but it is tough to look past such a huge miss. The striker went with the wrong foot as he slid towards Ogbene's cross, and the ball got stuck underneath his body. Once again the Hatters failed to take their big chances, and that can't keep happening if they want to remain in the Premier League.

Tedem Mengi - 7

Very good when he came on for the injured Andersen, albeit Spurs had a slightly weakened front line as the protected their lead. Was strong and aggressive off the ball and transitioned quickly on it. Probably wasn't the smartest decision to hit a 30 yard volley in the last seconds rather than passing however.

Tahith Chong - 6.5

Provided energy and passion when he came on, working extremely hard both up and down the pitch much to the delight of the home fans.

Luke Berry - 5.5

Barely touched the ball when he was brought on, obviously introduced by Edwards to try and nick a goal as he has done so many times in the past for the Town, didn't get the chance to do so.

Cauley Woodrow and Ross Barkley - 5

Both struggled massively when they came on and were unable to drag Luton level. Woodrow was weak when he went through one on one and Barkley mis hit some simple passes.

2 comentarios

09 oct 2023

10 Men and Spurs still had more shots, on and off target, more possession, more big chances, more passes et etc..

Luton are not in games we're hanging on and trying to nick them.

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08 oct 2023

Not sure what game you were watching but Sofascore has a less biased rating that equates to the game I saw - I am afraid that Pelly has not reached the level of a prem player yet but he is not giving the ball away as much as he usually does only 5 times on Saturday compared to his 15+ times for the other games he has played in - Chong put in at least a 7 performance - Barclay was only on for 9 mins so could not get into his stride.

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