Player Ratings: Luton Town 3-2 Gillingham
It was a winning return to a revamped Kenilworth Road for Luton Town, as the Hatters progressed to the third round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-2 victory over League Two Gillingham.
Goals from Jacob Brown, Alfie Doughty and Cauley Woodrow were enough to see Rob Edwards' side through, although the Town had to survive a late scare when their lead was reduced to just one goal late on.
Tim Krul - 5.5
Solid enough debut for the Dutchman but will have been disappointed to concede two goals. Kicking was wayward at times and clearly prefers punching crosses to catching them.
Alfie Doughty - 8
After being dropped for Giles at the start of the Prem season, Doughty could’ve let his head drop, but instead he has given Rob Edwards a huge decision to make for Friday. The wingback was as energetic and lively as ever, and topped off the performance with a spectacular strike.
Tom Lockyer - 6.5
Only 45 minutes for the Welshman in a slightly different role at right centre-back. Solid in defence as usual and competent with the ball at his feet throughout the first half.
Mads Andersen - 7
A dominating first-half display was slightly dampened by a couple of second-half mistakes, notably being at fault for the first Gillingham goal. Looks more comfortable in the centre of a 3.
Amari'i Bell - 5
Difficult evening for the defender who seems to be slightly lacking in confidence. Poor mistake underneath a high ball led to a big chance for the League 2 side. After playing in the Gold Cup this summer, it's been a full year of non-stop football for the Jamaican, so perhaps not a surprise his levels have dropped ever so slightly.
Ryan Giles - 5
With Doughty breathing down his neck for the left wing-back spot, Giles needed a good display. Unfortunately for the ex-Wolves man, he wasn’t at his best once again and seemed tired in periods. Hasn’t found his crossing range yet either, over and under hitting too many deliveries.
Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu - 6
Controlled the midfield without producing anything spectacular. Clearly thrives with better players around him and linked up well when Barkley and Nakamba came on in the second half.
Luke Berry - 6.5
Exactly what you’d expect from Luke Berry, leaving it all out on the pitch. The midfielder was flying into tackles as usual, maybe a little to0 much, and provided quality when it was needed in the final third.
Chiedozie Ogbene - 7
First start for the forward, who was lively on and off the ball. Found himself in some good positions and just needed a better final product at times.
Cauley Woodrow - 6.5
Linked the play nicely at times but also found himself a bit isolated as a lone striker. Magnificently dispatched a half-volley into the top corner for the Town’s final goal of the night.
Jacob Brown - 9
You can see why Jacob Brown was a fan favourite at Stoke. He has a first-class attitude and didn’t stop running all game. His first instinct when he loses the ball is to go and win it straight back, and he also has undoubted quality in the final third. A smart finish early on set the tone for a quality display.
Reece Burke and Issa Kabore - 6
The defensive pair had to weather a Gillingham storm after both goals. Not the best performance we’ve seen from either but enough to get the Hatters into the next round.
Ross Barkley and Marvellous Nakamba - 6.5
The main source of Premier League experience in this Luton side, and it showed it when they came on. The level of passing and interplay went up when Barkley and Nakamba entered the fray, with Barkley in particular displaying his exquisite range of passing on more than one occasion.
Elijah Adebayo - 6
No time to make any real impact on the game.