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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 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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