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Kenilworth Road (ATT 8,518) 5th November 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Melin

Luton Luton Town vs Burnley Burnley

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Akinbiyi treble hits Hatters

By Chris Stanton.   Last Updated: 05/11/05 7:45pm

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10-man Burnley beat Luton 3-2 at Kenilworth Road courtesy of a hat-trick from Ade Akinbiyi.

In what was a remarkable match The Clarets were forced to play more than half of the match with midfielder John Spicer in goal following the dismissal of Brian Jensen.

Despite The Hatters enjoying the better of the opening exchanges, it was the away side who claimed the 15th minute lead with a cool finish from Akinbiyi.

Luton succumbed to another sucker punch on the half hour mark when Akinbiyi doubled the visitors' lead with a powerful half volley.

Jensen then darted from his line to intercept a through ball but succeeded only in catching the ball two yards outside his area. Referee Paul Melin had no hesitation in producing a straight red card.

Spicer was handed the gloves in the absence of Steve Cotterill naming a substitute keeper but was powerless to prevent Steve Howard's header halving the arrears two minutes before the break.

Luton would have gone into the second half confident of claiming a point if not all three but instead Akinbiyi's run into the box was halted by an illegal challenge from Leon Barnett which gifted The Clarets the chance to regain their two-goal lead from the penalty spot.

Akinbiyi duly took that opportunity to claim his hat-trick and despite Feeney pulling a goal back just seven minutes later, Luton's late rally failed to bear fruit.

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1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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