Hatters rated v Oxford United

Luke Wilkinson celebrates his opener with Mark Cullen
Luke Wilkinson celebrates his opener with Mark Cullen

Mark Tyler: 8 - Superb stop from Tyrone Barnett’s deflected drive at 1-0 proved so important.

Alex Lacey: 6 - Struggled in the right back berth at times against the trickery of O’Dowda.

Scott Griffiths: 7 - Another vital part of Town’s defensive make-up, while always looking for ways to attack too.

Luke Wilkinson (STAR MAN): 8.5 - Fantastic display from the centre half. Scored early and then dominated the Yellows’ frontline.

Steve McNulty: 8 - Enjoyed his tussle with Barnett and looked to be back to his A-game once more.

Nathan Doyle: 7 - Proved a good defensive screen in front of the back four, allowing Ruddock Mpanzu and Smith to burst forward.

Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu: 8 - All action again from the eye-catching midfielder. Should have notched a quickfire second though.

Jonathan Smith: 7.5 - Given the freedom to venture further forward than before and was his usual energetic self.

Shaun Whalley: 5.5 - Couldn’t quite recapture his pre-season form and got knocked off the ball too often.

Jake Howells: 7 - Added some balance to Town’s attacks, but got lucky with his penalty.

Mark Cullen: 6.5 - Ran and ran and ran for the cause, although was left isolated too often.

Ross Lafayette (SUB): 6 - Gave Hatters some much-needed aerial threat upfront.

Andy Drury (SUB): 7 - His introduction saw Luton look after the ball with real confidence in the closing stages.

Jim Stevenson (SUB): 6.5 - Added plenty of legs to the cause.

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