Luton 2-0 Sunderland (3-2) – Match Report
Sunderland fall out of the Championship play-offs as Luton Town’s physicality proves too much for The Black Cats.
Luton got off to the perfect start with an almost identical goal to the one they scored in the first leg.
Sunderland almost went back in front instantly, but Ethan Hovarth Madrid a brilliant save from Ekwah, who almost flicks the ball in at the near post.
There was also a suggestion of handball as Ekwah reacted quickly and tried to pull the ball back, but the ball was blocked by the arm of Amari’i Bell.
The ball was played in, following a corner, and Sunderland just couldn’t get it clear before Gabriel Osho prodded the ball in.
Just over 10 minutes later, Luke O’Nien cleared the ball off the line to deny an own goal by Pierre Ekwah, who didn’t know much about it.
Patterson also made an outstanding save as Carlton Morris’ header looked as though it was going straight in, but Patterson reacted brilliantly to palm it away.
Luton doubled their lead just before half-time as Tom Lokyer headed home following a delightful ball Alfie Doughty.
Sunderland dominated the ball in the second-half, but they just could not play their usual game due to the sheer physicality of Luton’s defence.
Nevertheless, Sunderland should be proud of themselves, no one expected them to achieve so much this season!