Magnificent Hatters pick off the Cherries thanks to Dewsbury-Hall's winner

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall curls home the winner for Luton at Bournemouth this afternoonKiernan Dewsbury-Hall curls home the winner for Luton at Bournemouth this afternoon
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall curls home the winner for Luton at Bournemouth this afternoon
Championship: Bournemouth 0 Luton Town 1

Luton Town ended their winless run on the road in stunning fashion with wonderful 1-0 win at 10-man Bournemouth this afternoon courtesy of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's second half winner.

The Hatters went into the match on the back of a six game streak without a victory on their travels, with not many outside of Bedfordshire giving Nathan Jones' side a chance against a team that on paper was worth millions, and the highest scorers on home soil in the division this term.

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However, a red card to the hosts' record signing Jefferson Lerma midway through the first half saw the Cherries down to 10 men, and Luton went on to take full advantage after the break, scoring the only goal of the game through Dewsbury-Hall.

It might have been that the on-loan Leicester midfielder was back at the King Power Stadium and preparing for a Premier League fixture rather than the Vitality Stadium after Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers admitted in the week he had considered recalling his player, only for the cut-off deadline to pass.

The Hatters will be forever grateful it did, as he used his wand of a left foot to curl in a second of the campaign, which was ultimately enough for Luton to claim all three points.

Jones made just the one change from their disappointing 2-0 defeat at QPR on Tuesday night, Luke Berry replacing Kazenga LuaLua who dropped to the bench.

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He was joined among the replacements by latest addition Kal Naismith, who signed on a free transfer just yesterday, and Matty Pearson after he completed his period of self-isolation.

In the Cherries side was full back Jack Stacey, who starred for Town during his two years at Kenilworth Road, while defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, a big part of the Hatters' great escape from relegation last season, started in the league for the first time after recovering from injury.

Town looked happy to concede possession in the early stages, using a five man back-line to defend their box, although they nearly came a cropper from their own doing on six minutes.

Berry's ambitious and ill-advised back header from distance almost dropped perfectly for home forward Josh King, earning him a verbal volley from keeper Simon Sluga.

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Lewis Cook then hammered a volley miles over the top, as Town grew into the game, looking to make the most of Bournemouth's desire to bring the ball out from the back.

Harry Cornick's speed was always a threat against his former club, the attacker having the beating of skipper Steve Cook for pace, but Luton were unable to make the most of their opportunity, the move breaking down.

The Cherries then found themselves reduced to 10 men on 26 minutes when Lerma went up for an aerial challenge with Tom Lockyer, catching the defender with what looked like a flailing arm.

It was deemed as intentional by official David Webb, who showed the £25m midfielder a straight red card, ensuring the hosts had to play over an hour with just 10 men.

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Despite requiring treatment and being bandaged up, Lockyer couldn't continue for too long afterwards, Naismith on for his Hatters debut, going to left back, and Dan Potts moving inside.

Although a man light, Bournemouth didn't let it affect them, as they looked the more likely of the two teams, King testing Sluga's reactions with a near post volley from a corner, the closest they came ahead of the break.

Luton came out strongly after the interval and thought they had the lead in the opening moments, a free kick skimming to the unmarked Glen Rea.

He did everything right, taking a touch and then firing goalwards, only to see Asmir Begovic pull off a stunning fingertip save, the ball cannoning off a home defender and bouncing a fraction wide.

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From the corner, Potts rose highest, with Berry swivelling from close range, his point blank volley excellent saved by the legs of the Bosnian who also clawed away Dewsbury-Hall's angled drive destined for the top corner.

Town weren't finished there either, Collins glancing a header off target from Cornick's cross as they were left wondering quite how the scores were still goalless.

An end-to-end game saw David Brooks put a header over, before Cherries looked certain to have moved in front when Dominic Solanke reached King's through ball and prodded past Sluga.

He hadn't reckoned on Potts though, the defender making a superb sliding intervention at full stretch to knock the ball behind and prevent the deadlock being broken.

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Back came Luton again, Cornick against his former club having a wonderful chance to score a first of the season, only to wastefully lash over on his left foot from 10 yards.

The visitors did eventually have the goal their second half performance deserved with 67 minutes on the clock as a penetrating ball over the top by Mpanzu saw Cornick have the pace to catch it.

He waited for support and played in Dewsbury-Hall who took a touch in the area before bending a shot around his defender and away from the despairing dive of Begovic, who was finally beaten.

Town were indebted to their own international stopper with three minutes to go, who palmed away Rodrigo Riquelme's instinctive volley to keep the visitors in front.

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Bradley's wonderful captain's display saw him get a vital clearance over his own bar in stoppage time as Luton held out to keep a clean sheet against their expensively-assembled opponents for the second time this season.

Cherries: Asmir Begovic, Steve Cook ©, David Brooks (Rodrigo Riquelme 82), Jefferson Lerma, Dominic Solanke, Adam Smith (Jaidon Anhony 82), Lewis Cook, Jack Stacey (Lloyd Kelly 70), Cameron Carter-Vickers, Diego Rico (Phillip Billing 70), Josh King (Sam Surridge 70).

Subs not used: Will Dennis, Chris Mepham, Jack Simpson, Gavin Kilkenny.

Hatters: Simon Sluga, James Bree (Matty Pearson 87), Dan Potts, Tom Lockyer (Kal Naismith 34), Sonny Bradley ©, Glen Rea, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Luke Berry, Harry Cornick (Jordan Clark 77), James Collins (Danny Hylton 87).

Subs not used: James Shea, George Moncur, Joe Morrell, Sam Nombe, Kazenga LuaLua.

Bookings: L Cook 86, Pearson 90, Billing 90.

Sent off: Lerma 26.

Referee: David Webb.

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