Match report: Derby 2-0 Luton

Tom Lawrence embarrassed Luton Town goalkeeper Simon Sluga as the Welsh international scored in his first appearance in front of the home Derby County fans since being charged with drink driving.

The Rams ran out 2-0 winners in front of a quiet away following at Pride Park on Saturday.

Phillip Cocu’s side headed into the game with just one win in their last nine and eight consecutive games since their only clean sheet of the 2019-20 Championship season.

The bookmakers even had the home side as odds against, such was their poor form, along with Luton heading to the East Midlands with four points from their last two games.

Derby produced just two shots on target all game, both saved by the visitors’ goalkeeper. However, they took the lead in the 11th-minute courtesy of a 30-yard backpass from Luton Town’s Matty Pearson, which went under the boot of goalkeeper Simon Sluga and into his own net.

Luton’s lack of quality was evident when striker James Collins volleyed over from a yard out only a few minutes after falling behind.

The Hatters failed to create anything against Derby’s porous defence afterwards before the game was put to bed 20 minutes from time.

Tom Lawrence, fresh off his six weeks’ fine from the club, issued an apology for his part in last month’s incident prior to the game. In the 70th minute he reminded fans of his quality, as his cross-cum-shot from out wide beat the Luton Town goalkeeper to double the host’s lead.

With Derby in such control of the game at the end, Cocu was able to introduce Andre Wisdom in the 89th minute for his first appearance since April.

Victory for Derby moves them up 13th in the table, whilst Luton are all the way down in 18th.