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Ninian Park (ATT 14,657) 1st October 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Jones

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Holmes hands Hatters win

By Tom Adams.   Last Updated: 01/10/05 2:46pm

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Luton Town took the opportunity to close the gap on Sheffield United at the top of The Championship with a 2-1 win at Cardiff City.

It is testament to Mike Newell's side's rapid adjustment to life in the division that their sights are currently focused on the summit of the table, and after 12 games, they find themselves in the unlikely position of being just six points behind the leaders.

The Hatters fell behind to an early Michael Ricketts strike, although Dean Morgan and Peter Holmes helped them to deservedly record their third league win in four games.

However, their afternoon started disappointingly as on-loan star Michael Ricketts scored for The Bluebirds when he latched on to a flick-on from strike partner Cameron Jerome and beat Marlon Beresford for his third goal in Cardiff colours.

Luton responded in impressive fashion as they took control of the tie and Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney was unlucky just 60 seconds later, as his header found the crossbar.

Feeney and strike partner Steve Howard continued to terrorise Championship defences as they took the game to the home side, and Luton were denied a penalty despite Chris Barker appearing to handle in the box.

Their was a hint of controversy about their leveller on the half hour as well, as winger Morgan appeared offside when he collected Holmes' ball and finished in stylish fashion past Neil Alexander.

Holmes fully capitalised on his rare run-out in the absence of Steve Robinson as he added to his assist with the vital winner on 57 minutes - bundling the ball home from close range after Howard headed across the box.

A frantic finale saw Cardiff hit the woodwork through both Darren Purse and Ricketts, and Luton do the same through Feeney again, but The Hatters held on to continue their sensational season.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
15 Fulham 21 25
16 Birmingham City 21 25
17 Reading 21 25
18 Huddersfield Town 21 24
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 22 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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