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Stoke City 2-0 Luton Town: Nathan Jones’s Hatters beaten on early goals

Nathan Jones guided Luton Town to the Championship play-offs last season

Luton Town lost by two early goals at Stoke City, in what was potentially Nathan Jones’ last game of the second period in charge of the Hatters.

Against a team he managed for nearly 10 months in 2019, Jones’ side conceded two goals in the first 13 minutes, both goals coming from Morgan Fox’s left-wing crosses.

Nick Powell arrived late in the area to head in the first goal before Tom Lockyer, under pressure from Liam Delap, deflected it into his own goal.

Luton wasted opportunities to reply, with striker Carlton Morris shooting straight at Potters goalkeeper Jack Bonham before half-time and an unmarked Lockyer hitting the post from eight yards after the break.

Stoke manager Alex Neil responded to Saturday’s home loss to Birmingham by making six changes to his starting XI and his line-up revision had the desired effect, with the win moving the Potters mid-table.

Among the additions was centre-back Harry Souttar, who made his first start for the Potters in 367 days after recovering from a serious knee injury sustained while on international duty with Australia.

Souttar was named in the Socceroos’ 26-man World Cup squad earlier on Tuesday.

lineups

Prime

Training 3-4-1-2

  • 13bonham
  • sixteenWilmot
  • 5stock
  • 3Fox
  • twoclarke
  • 8Baker
  • 18small bone
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 25PowellReplaced forruddera 86′minutes
  • 17Delap
  • elevenGayleReplaced forBrowna 76′minutesReserved at 78 minutes

substitutes

  • 1Bursik
  • 4Flint
  • 9Brown
  • 10campbell
  • 14rudder
  • 29Wright-Phillips
  • 32Taylor

Luton

Training 3-4-1-2

  • twenty-oneyou have
  • twoBree
  • 4lockerReserved at 43 minutes
  • 32OSHOReserved at 28 minutesReplaced forJeromea 79′minutes
  • 18clarkReserved at 52 minutes
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 22campbellReplaced forBerrya 69′minutes
  • 29Bell
  • 7CornickReplaced forDoughtya 79′minutes
  • 9MorrisReserved at 66 minutes
  • elevenadebayo

substitutes

  • 8Berry
  • twentywatson
  • 30Free man
  • 33Macey
  • 35Jerome
  • 42small
  • Four. FiveDoughty

Referee:
Oliver Langford

Attendance:
18,095

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