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Ten-man Forest earn point at Luton

Published on: 28 October 2020

Glen Rea celebrated his first goal for Luton in 739 days - and then scored an own goal later in the game

Chris Hughton extended his unbeaten run to four games as his Nottingham Forest side came back from a goal down with 10 men to draw at Luton Town.

Glen Rea put the Hatters ahead as he scrappily stabbed home from eight yards out after Forest failed to clear a corner.

Forest's task was made harder when Nicolas Ioannou was sent off for a dangerous foul on Martin Cranie shortly before half-time.

Having put Luton ahead, Rea then scored Forest's equaliser as Cyrus Christie's cross from the right went in off the back of the Luton man's head under pressure from Ryan Yates.

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Forest stay two places above the relegation zone while Luton move up to ninth place, a point off the play-off positions.

The Hatters had a sixth-minute penalty appeal turned down after James Collins' shot from just inside the area hit the arm of defender Scott McKenna at close range.

Forest will be upset by the nature of Luton's goal; Sonny Bradley's far-post knockdown was not dealt with by the visiting defence, who also failed to clear at a second opportunity and Cranie was able to prod the ball through to goalscorer Rea.

Forest's task was made harder when Ioannou was sent off after he miscontrolled a pass and lunged in with his studs into Cranie's shin as he tried to win back the ball.

To Forest's credit they were the better side after the break, despite being a man down, and deservedly equalised with 27 minutes left.

Forest finally had a shot on target in the 87th minute when Yates forced a good save from Simon Sluga, before Luton went straight back up the other end and Jordan Clark's effort was stopped by Brice Samba.

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"The disappointment was that I thought we started the game really well, we were quite bright and probably in the games I've managed so far it's probably the brightest we've started.

"What we need to be doing is we need to be scoring goals, particularly in periods of games when I think that we're having our better spells.

"But certainly after the sending off it was always going to be difficult, the chances were always going to be minimal, but what I thought we did really well was we restricted them to probably their best chance right towards the end of the game and managed to score ourselves."

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


    12Sluga2CranieBooked at 71mins15LockyerSubstituted forClarkat 77'minutes6Pearson5Bradley24Norrington-Davies16ReaBooked at 73mins22Dewsbury-HallSubstituted forMoncurat 84'minutes17MpanzuBooked at 55mins10LeeSubstituted forLuaLuaat 77'minutes19Collins



Nottm Forest

    30Samba2Christie3Figueiredo26McKenna44IoannouBooked at 44mins22Yates8Colback28Knockaert23Lolley11AmeobiSubstituted forJenkinsonat 45'minutes33Taylor


    6Mbe Soh12Smith15Freeman16Jenkinson17Mighten19Guerrero21Sow

Referee:Tim RobinsonMatch StatsHome TeamLutonAway TeamNottm ForestPossessionHome56%Away44%ShotsHome6Away7Shots on TargetHome2Away1CornersHome5Away2FoulsHome15Away15Live TextPost update

Match ends, Luton Town 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

90'+4'Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

90'+3'Post update

Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+3'Post update

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest).

90'+2'Post update

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Martin Cranie (Luton Town).

90'+2'Post update

Lyle Taylor (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89'Post update

Attempt saved. Jordan Clark (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sonny Bradley.

88'Post update

Attempt saved. Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

87'Post update

Foul by George Moncur (Luton Town).

87'Post update

Anthony Knockaert (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86'Post update

Attempt missed. Glen Rea (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matty Pearson with a headed pass following a corner.

85'Post update

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

85'Post update

Martin Cranie (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85'Post update

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Nottingham Forest).


Substitution, Luton Town. George Moncur replaces Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

82'Post update

Foul by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town).

82'Post update

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81'Post update

Foul by Martin Cranie (Luton Town).

81'Post update

Lyle Taylor (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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