Elijah Adebayo grabs the winner for Luton as they beat Bristol City
Top scorer Elijah Adebayo was Luton’s game winner as his 12th goal of the season earned his side a 2-1 win at home to Bristol City.
The visitors went close from the start when home goalkeeper James Shea was beaten by an incoming corner and Kal Naismith did well to head the ball under his own crossbar.
It was the Robins who enjoyed the best of the early stages and after another corner Han-Noah Massengo drilled over the top from the edge of the box.
Luton finally started to feature as an attacking threat in the final 10 minutes of the first half, winning a number of corners thanks to hard work from star striker Adebayo.
One of them was swung by James Bree and Glen Rea met him at the far post to head underwhelmingly.
Luton took the lead after 42 minutes of their first effort on target as Bree fired a small corner at Naismith and received the ball, looking up to send in an excellent cross which Tom Lockyer raised the highest to power a header past Max O’Leary. .
In the second half, Bristol City striker Chris Martin – a former Luton player – saw a header curl into Shea’s gloves under pressure from Naismith.
Robins were level in the 57th minute when Luton failed to manage a long ball forward and Andreas Weimann was left in acres of space to pass cleanly and confidently slide his shot past Shea for his 14th goal of the season.
Massengo’s fierce drive was deflected before Luton boss Nathan Jones brought in Fred Onyedinma and his low shot was easily dealt with by O’Leary.
Gabe Osho might have done better with a header from a corner, but Luton were back in front after 68 minutes.
Bree was the provider again, his precise free-kick from the right causing an all-powerful scramble into the Robins area and there was Adebayo to score his 12th goal of an increasingly impressive campaign.
City looked to hit back a second time, their main man Weimann spinning inside the area to shoot but his effort cleared the bar, while substitute Nahki Wells was also off target.
Nigel Pearson’s side, however, should have snatched a point in stoppage time. Weimann put a free header from Cameron Pring’s cross away from goal and Wells hit the side netting from the follow-up.
Joe Williams’ side-footed effort was straight at Shea from outside the box as Luton hung on to move within six points of the play-offs.