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Kenilworth Road (ATT 8,296) 17th December 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: T Kettle

Luton Luton Town vs Stoke City Stoke

Luton 2

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Stoke 3

Coyne hands Potters win

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 17/12/05 7:00pm

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Stoke City moved into the play-off places after a dramatic 3-2 victory at Luton Town.

Chris Coyne's unfortunate own goal in second half injury time meant The Potters moved up to fifth in the table.

Rowan Vine had the first chance for Luton on the quarter hour mark, forcing Potters goalkeeper Steve Simonsen into a save after he cut in from the right.

Paul Gallagher then failed to make the most of Mamady Sidibe's cross into the Luton box before The Hatters claimed the lead.

Ahmet Brkovic took advantage of some static Stoke defending to strike home from 12 yards on 21 minutes.

The Potters looked like they were missing the presence of Sambegou Bangoura through injury, but on-loan striker Gallagher would bring the visitors level in first half injury time.

Sidibe beat young Luton goalkeeper Dean Brill to a loose ball on the edge of the box before knocking it goalwards.

In the ensuing chase, Gallagher won the race to tap it home for a 1-1 score at the break.

Vine then missed a chance with a header from Carlos Edwards's cross after the break for Luton, while Kevin Nicholls forced a save from Simonsen with a curling free kick.

Brkovic then struck the Stoke crossbar with a header before the visitors claimed the lead on 83 minutes, as Gallagher got his second goal after connecting to a cross in front of the Luton goal for 2-1.

The match swung into life at this late stage and Nicholls brought Luton level with a penalty on 88 minutes after Karl Henry brought down Steve Howard in the Stoke box.

Yet, with the match destined for a draw, a ball into the Luton box in injury time saw Coyne slice it into his own net, as Stoke stole the points in Bedfordshire.

Matches

Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
15 Fulham 21 25
16 Birmingham City 21 25
17 Reading 21 25
18 Huddersfield Town 21 24
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 22 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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