HATTERS RATED: Luton Town 1 Barnsley 2

Full player ratings as the Hatters are defeated at Kenilworth Road.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 10:33 am
Harry Cornick is put under pressure during Town's 2-1 defeat to Barnsley

Luton produced a disappointing display as they were beaten 2-1 by play-off chasing Barnsley on Monday afternoon. Striker Daryl Dike scored twice for the visitors as although Simon Sluga saved a late penalty and James Collins pulled one back, Town couldn't find an equaliser. To find out how the hosts rated on the afternoon, see below.

First error in a long time resulted in the Tykes getting their second at a crucial stage of the game, as he couldn’t hold Woodrow’s shot. Did deny Styles before making a truly magnificent double save from Dike’s penalty and Helik’s follow-up.
Started at right back as Jones altered things defensively, but then found himself switched into a more attacking role after the break as Luton looked for an equaliser. Some decent wing play almost set up one chance too.
Recalled to the side and started on the left of defence, then swapping over to the right for the second period as Town reshuffled. Couldn’t really move forward to support in attack or react quickest to stop Dike scoring the second goal.
Centre half struggled up against Dike as he was unable to prevent the forward out-muscling him for the first goal. Gave away a penalty late on, while his distribution was off, too often over-hitting his clearances through to the keeper.
Another who played two roles, starting at centre half and then moving out to left back. Got caught by Woodrow’s through-ball for Dike’s first but did show signs of his crossing potential with a wonderful delivery missed by Cornick.
Started in his preferred holding midfield role but found life hard as Barnsley were able to regularly win second balls and get a grip on the game in the first half. One of two who didn’t reappear after the interval as Jones made early changes.
Found his influence hindered by an opening half in which he was on the left of the diamond, never really able to stamp his authority on proceedings. Late corners caused some danger while sliced his best opportunity over the top.
Game passed him by as Barnsley were able to dominate the midfield areas with ease. Tried to break beyond his attackers now and again to give Luton an option, but blazed over from 25 yards when could have kept a calmer head.
Largely innocuous for the majority as offered very little in terms of an attacking threat for the Hatters, while was never able to get his foot on the ball and allow Luton some breathing space as they were smothered by their opponents.
Full debut for the club alongside Adebayo and although there were signs of promise at the start, it soon evaporated as he was forced to feed on scraps throughout as Luton went too long too often. Replaced at half time.
Well handled by the visiting defence as he didn’t gain any real sights at goal throughout. One nice run and piece of trickery led to a moment of danger in the visitors’ box, but that was about it as he was swapped for Collins once more.
Good to see him back following a thigh injury to boost Town’s defensive options for the remainder of the season. Was booked early on for a foul on Dike and then beaten far too easily by Woodrow for the crucial second goal.
His pace gave Town an outlet upfront, but like the rest of his team-mates caught offside on a number of occasions. Big chance to finally break his duck for the season from Naismith’s cross, only to head tamely at Collins.
Only on for 20 minutes, but added a real threat to the Town front-line that had been sorely lacking and it was an excellent finish into the corner of the net for his 11th of the season.
Was able to add some spark to the Luton's attacking efforts in the closing stages, as he managed to nick the ball through to Collins for Town’s consolation strike.
As against Derby, only had the closing stages to try and make an impact as Luton looked to stage an unlikely fight back.