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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 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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