Luton Town claimed their first three points of the Premier League season with a 2-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park. The victory not only marks a significant milestone for Luton but also casts doubt on Everton’s fate in the relegation battle.
After a slow start, Everton showed promise with Dwight McNeil and James Garner making close attempts at scoring. However, it was Luton who capitalized on their opportunities and took the lead in the 25th minute. Carlton Morris’s header struck the underside of the bar and should have been cleared, but Ashley Young’s hesitation allowed Tom Lockyer to slide in and score.
Luton’s dominance continued as Alfie Doughty’s free-kick found Morris, who calmly side-footed the ball into the net, extending their lead. The home crowd expressed their frustration at Everton’s lackluster defensive efforts.
Just before halftime, Everton managed to pull one back as Dominic Calvert-Lewin turned the loose ball home. Despite this, Luton went into the break with the momentum on their side.
The second half saw a more subdued affair as both teams struggled to regain their rhythm. Everton had opportunities, but Beto failed to trouble the goalkeeper with his shot lacking power.
For Everton, this was an opportunity to secure consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since October of the previous year. However, their hopes were dashed by poor defending from two set pieces.
With this result, both Luton and Everton find themselves just outside the relegation zone with four points. Luton, with a game in hand, now has something to build on and increase their chances of avoiding relegation.