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Match Report - Luton Town v Tottenham Hotspur - 07 Aug 2001


How apt, the evening before Bill Nicholson is honoured by the club, that one of his legendary players should end our 100-per-cent record in pre-season.

Joe Kinnear, who played over 250 games for us between 1966-75, is now attempting to drag Luton Town back up the divisions. Relegated to the basement last term, the former Wimbledon boss is well on his way if Tuesday night's friendly at Kenilworth Road is anything to go by.

Hatters fought like tigers and displayed no little football either - the combination of the two, plus Kinnear's managerial nous, and a return to Division Two at the first attempt could be on the cards.

The home side had the better of the early chances before Aaron Skelton opened the scoring after 21 minutes. Paul Hughes crossed low and Skelton clipped home a low volley from 10 yards.

Carl Griffiths might have done better with a free header from another Hughes cross before our best chances of the half - only for Carl Emberson to superbly deny Poyet and Etherington.

Substitutions affected the flow of the game in the second half and chances were few and far between. It looked like the home side had done enough but with four minutes left John Piercy's burst into the area was halted by Satani and Sergei Rebrov made no mistake from the spot.

Minute-by-minute guide to the action:

First half: 2mins: First shot of match from Luton's Skelton drifts wide.

15mins: Taylor side-footed low volley from Howard's cross straight at Kelly.

19mins: Griffiths beat offside trap but lobbed tamely over.

21mins: Poyet just failed to make contact with Etherington's pull back from Leonhardsen's deep cross.

22mins: GOAL. Skelton volleyed home low from 10 yards from Hughes' cross. 0-1.

31mins: Thelwell run and 25-yard shot saved by Emberson.

34mins: Hughes cross found Griffiths clear in area but headed wide from 15 yards.

37mins: Ziege whipped in cross met by Poyet but Emberson managed reaction save with feet.

44mins: Another fine save from Emberson as Etherington volley from the edge of the area.

Half-time: Luton 1-0 Spurs

Second half: 62mins: Taylor's clever chip floated just over.

65mins: Doherty headed Piercy's corner just wide.

86mins: GOAL. Piercy brought down by Satani. Rebrov made no mistake from penalty spot. 1-1.

89mins: Douglas inches away from winner as he poked the ball just wide.

Final score: Luton 1-1 Spurs

Line-ups: Spurs: Kelly, Thelwell, Piercy, Perry (King, 70), Doherty (Bunjevcevic, 70), Ziege (Taricco, 45), Leonhardsen (Clemence, 45), Freund, Etherington (Rebrov, 70), Poyet (Davies, 45), Iversen (Kamanan, 45).

Luton: Emberson (Ovendale, 45), Boyce, Taylor, Skelton (Holmes, 45), Hughes, Nicholls (Locke, 45), Howard (Douglas, 65), Griffiths (Fotiadis, 45), Maher (Satani, 39), Johnson, Perrett.

Attendance: 9,175