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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 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 44 63
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Birmingham City 44 57
14 Cardiff City 44 56
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 43 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 41
22 Millwall 44 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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