Luton 1 – 1 Huddsf’ld
Captain Sonny Bradley’s equaliser set up a winner-takes-all showdown on Monday as he earned Luton a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield in the Championship play-off semi-final first leg.
Having started the better on home soil, the Hatters were dealt a 12th-minute blow when Daniel Sinani’s smart finish beat Matt Ingram at his near post.
But in a game with two sides so potent from set-pieces it was no surprise when Luton levelled from a free-kick, curled into the area by Harry Cornick and dispatched emphatically from close range by the skipper.
Both sides could have had first-half penalties and Rob Jones’ decision to overlook a clear trip on Cameron Jerome just before the break highlighted their improvement since their equaliser.
After half-time they failed to retain that momentum as Huddersfield began to wrestle back control. The Terriers continued to look the more potent throughout the half but could not find a way to trouble Ingram, setting up an all-or-nothing second leg in Monday night’s return fixture in West Yorkshire, live on Sky Sports.
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These two sides meet again at the John Smith’s Stadium on Monday night, live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm; kick-off 7.45pm. The winner will go on to meet one of Sheffield United or Nottingham Forest at Wembley in the play-off final on May 29.