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Mike Newell praised the contribution of Drew Talbot as the Luton Town striker sunk old club Sheffield Wednesday.

Talbot scored the winning goal in The Hatters' 3-2 victory at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday, less than a month after leaving Hillsborough.

He also had a hand in Tommy Spurr's own goal, which put Luton 2-1 ahead, and Newell was delighted with his recent recruit.

"Bjorn's (Runstrom) goal was a big goal for us, but you have to say the next two were down to Drew," said the Hatters boss.

"He showed great skill on the touchline and may have been a bit lucky to ride the tackle, but then forced the goal.

"It was his really although it will go down as an own goal. The second one was very brave, but that's what he's got.

"He's light on his feet, but he's not afraid to put his head in there. He's brave and he's got a spark which sets the other lads off as well."

Owls boss Brian Laws was left to curse defensive errors which stretched his side's run to seven games without a Championship win.

Laws said: "These errors are driving me mad. It's the most angry I've been because it's happening week in, week out lately.

"We've thrown the game away again when we've been in control and it's poor from our point of view.

"When do we have the opposition gifting us a goal? It doesn't happen, so we shouldn't be doing it ourselves.

"Some of the goals we're conceding are comical and the sooner we stop that the better our chances will be of progressing in this league."