Luton Town 1-0 Hull City
Hull City slumped to a third successive defeat as Eijah Adebayo’s first-half header gave in-form Luton Town a narrow victory. Captain Richie Smallwood was recalled to the starting XI in the only change from the defeat to Peterborough United as Tom Huddlestone missed out through a hamstring injury.
The Tigers – wearing the club’s popular blackout away kit for the first time – almost made the worst possible start as the Hatters rattled the woodwork inside four minutes.
Uncertain defending presented Luke Berry with a chance to shoot – his left-footed drive taking a wicked deflection and completely wrong-footing Matt Ingram but trickling against the foot of the post.
Sonny Bradley’s kneed effort from a corner found the grateful arms of Ingram, who then claimed Berry’s looping header, as the hosts made all of the early running. The pressure paid off on 17 minutes as Fred Onyedinma’s dancing feet and bending cross to the far post gave Adebayo the simple task of stooping to nod home from close range.
The Tigers enjoyed an improved spell around the half-hour mark without greatly threatening; Keane Lewis-Potter’s 25-yard free-kick hit the wall and Greg Docherty poked well wide. Nathan Jones’ side were looking to extend a four-match unbeaten run and could have had a second six minutes before the interval.
Onyedinma’s devilish curling delivery was unusually chested away by Ingram, who then flung himself to his right to keep out Glen Rea’s fizzing follow-up strike. The Tigers’ first effort on target came in first-half injury time as Mallik Wilks collected Lewis-Potter’s volleyed pass and drove forward before hitting a low drive which Simon Sluga saved comfortably.
Luton Town: Simon Sluga; Sonny Bradley ©, Glen Rea, Tom Lockyer; James Bree, Harry Cornick, Luke Berry (Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu 22’), Amari’i Bell; Jordan Clark, Fred Onyedinma (Reece Burke 78’), Elijah Adebayo (Cameron Jerome 46’).
Subs not used: James Shea, Carlos Mendes Gomes, Allan Campbell, Admiral Muskwe.
Hull City: Matt Ingram, Lewie Coyle, Di’Shon Bernard, Jacob Greaves, Callum Elder; Richie Smallwood ©, George Honeyman (Randell Williams 83’), Greg Docherty; Mallik Wilks (George Moncur 64’), Josh Magennis (Tom Eaves 69’), Keane Lewis-Potter.
Subs not used: Harvey Cartwright, Josh Emmanuel, Andy Cannon, Sean McLoughlin.
Attendance: 9,999 (793 Hull City supporters).