Luton Town enjoyed their biggest league win of the season as they celebrated the return of some of their fans by beating Championship leaders Norwich City.
In front of a limited home following of 1,000 balloted supporters, Nathan Jones’ Hatters won at Kenilworth Road for the first time in two months to sentence Daniel Farke’s Canaries to a first defeat in 11 games.
Three of the goals came inside seven first-half minutes as George Moncur and Matty Pearson scored either side of Emiliano Buendía’s fortuitous penalty for Norwich.
But Luton then wrapped up the three points early in the second half with an equally soft penalty of their own, converted by James Collins, for handball against Grant Hanley.
It takes Jones’ side within four points of the play-off places, while Norwich remain top as Watford and Reading wasted the chance to go above the Canaries, both being held away from home.
The Hatters had scored just three times in their previous five home games. But it took them just 47 minutes to match that level of productivity.
Scoring three times in a league game for the first time since the final game of last season, they equalled their 3-1 League Cup win over Norwich back in their first game of this season on 5 September.
Luton went ahead on 15 minutes when Moncur cut in from the right to plant a low right-foot curler in off the post. Yet, within four minutes, Norwich were controversially level from the penalty spot.
James Shea was adjudged to have brought down Przemyslaw Placheta and he was booked for the foray from his line that caused the Norwich man to spreadeagle himself in the box.
Buendía then exacted greater punishment, sending the Hatters keeper the wrong way as his right-foot effort found the bottom left corner.
But just three minutes later, Luton were in front again when defender Pearson headed home Rhys Norrington-Davies’s cross.
And within a minute of the start of the second half, Norwich defender Hanley went down clumsily under the close attention of Collins, but was adjudged to have handled the ball intentionally while lying on the deck and referee England gave his second penalty of the night.
Collins duly despatched the resulting spot-kick for his fourth home goal this season at Kenilworth Road – aND all of them have been against Norwich, having hit a hat-trick in that League Cup tie in September, when he scored all three in the final 11 minutes.
- 1SheaBooked at 18mins
- 2CranieSubstituted forBreeat 45′minutes
- 22Dewsbury-HallSubstituted forPottsat 90+4′minutes
- 14MoncurSubstituted forMorrellat 70′minutes
- 19Lungi Sørensen
- 27TetteySubstituted forVrancicat 72′minutes
- 17BuendíaSubstituted forZimmermannat 81′minutesBooked at 85mins
- 24MartinSubstituted forOmotoyeat 85′minutes
- 11PlachetaBooked at 33mins
Match ends, Luton Town 3, Norwich City 1.
Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Norwich City 1.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jordan Clark.
Substitution, Luton Town. Dan Potts replaces Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Rhys Norrington-Davies.
Attempt blocked. Przemyslaw Placheta (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Matty Pearson.
Attempt saved. James Collins (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Bree.
Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Clark (Luton Town).
Michael McGovern (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).
Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Marco Stiepermann.
Substitution, Norwich City. Tyrese Omotoye replaces Josh Martin.
Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City).
Rhys Norrington-Davies (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Offside, Norwich City. Christoph Zimmermann tries a through ball, but Jacob Lungi Sørensen is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Gibson.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by James Bree.