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Kenilworth Road 18th October 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Tanner

Luton Luton Town vs Norwich City Norwich

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By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 18/10/05 4:29pm

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Luton confirmed their status as genuine promotion contenders with an exhilerating 4-2 victory over Norwich City at Kenilworth Road.

The Hatters have lost only once on their own ground in 12 months and that record was never threatened as they built up an unassailable lead by the interval.

Two divisions separated these two sides last season as Norwich were relegated from the Premiership, but it was League One champions Luton who made all the running in the first half.

They went ahead in the 16th minute when Steve Howard's cross was turned in at the near post by Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney.

Their second, 11 minutes later, owed everything to a huge stroke of fortune as Carlos Edwards hoisted a long ball into the penalty area and City keeper Robert Green, who looked set to claim an easy catch, stumbled and allowed the ball to float into the net.

Green denied Peter Holmes a third in the 33rd minute, but was powerless to prevent the same player from scoring just a minute later as he powered in a shot from the edge of the area.

Four minutes before the break, the rampant Hatters grabbed their fourth goal as Holmes crossed from the right and Howard scored with a trademark towering header.

Norwich had earlier threatened to take the lead through Ian Henderson, who saw his 11th minute effort hit the crossbar, but by half time they were dead and buried.

Dean Ashton salvaged some pride with an angled drive in the 56th minute which reduced the deficit, but Calum Davenport's foul on Holmes produced a red card for the defender, who is on loan at Carrow Road from Tottenham.

And Ryan Jarvis' headed goal five minutes from time was merely a consolation for Nigel Worthington's men.

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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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