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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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