Luton Town 3-2 Bournemouth: Cherries beat late Cal Naismith

Alan Campbell’s goal was his first since scoring for Motherwell in a Scottish FA Cup match in April.

Bournemouth suffered a setback in their quest for promotion as Cal Naismith’s overtime goal awarded Luton the victory in a thrilling finish on Kenilworth Road.

Scott Parker’s side, who had a one-point advantage over the championship lead at the start, fell to an own goal by Lloyd Kelly, and the ball rebounded from his leg after Mark Travers saved with his foot from Elia Adebayo.

Luton doubled their lead when midfielder Alan Campbell beat Travers from 20 yards to score his first goal for the club, but Bournemouth confirmed themselves after the break and Emiliano Marcondes headed Jack Stacy’s cross.

Morgan Rogers leveled by firing into the roof of the net just moments after coming on as the only substitute for Naismith to snatch the win on former Luton manager David Platt’s 77th birthday with a left-footed shot.

It was only Bournemouth’s third defeat away in the league, and the three points lifted Luton to 13th place, pending the results of subsequent matches.

The visitors seemed confident of possession from the start, as Ryan Christie forced James Shea to make a one-handed save from Jaydon Anthony in the penalty area.

But Luton kept them off their stride, who slashed past Kelly’s own net after Sonny Bradley’s cross crossed to the superb Adebayo.

The referee initially gave them a second chance when Cameron Jerome put his foot in the net after Bournemouth failed to clear a corner kick, but changed his mind after consulting his assistant.

The Hatters – who have not played a league game since December 11 – were not denied, and Naismith split the Bournemouth defense with a pass to Campbell, who curled the net as the defenders backed off.

Jefferson Lerma curled from just 25 yards in response to Bournemouth’s warning, and the second half was just five minutes old when Stacey cut in from the right and Marcondes beat Jordan Clark to close the gap.

Emiliano Marcondes scores for Bournemouth
Emiliano Marcondes returns home seven days after scoring a hat-trick against Yeovil in the FA Cup

Lawton Campbell and Reece Burke lost to hits and as they readjusted the Cherries to par, Jamal Lowe trimmed Rogers and loaned Manchester City hard home with his first goal.

The hosts refused to bow, and although Travers missed a ferocious attempt by Clarke, he couldn’t deny Naismith, who picked his spot in the corner after collecting a loose ball outside the penalty area.

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  • 16bless youhas been replaced byOshoin a 65′Minutes
  • 5Bradley
  • 4naismith
  • 2Wild
  • 17Mbanzo
  • 22Campbellhas been replaced byUnidenmain a 60′Minutes
  • 18Clark
  • 29Bell
  • 11Adebayo
  • 35Jeromehas been replaced byLansburyin a 82 ‘Minutes


  • 3boots
  • 8Berry
  • 12Servant
  • 14Mendes Gomez
  • 23Lansbury
  • 24Unidenma
  • 32Osho


formation – composition 4-3-3

  • 42passing
  • 17Stacy
  • 24Cahill
  • 5Kelly
  • 20Davis
  • 4l cookhas been replaced byRogersin a 76 ‘Minutes
  • 8ermaBooked in 81 minutes
  • 11Marcondes
  • 10KristiBooked in 89 minutes
  • 9Solanki
  • 32Anthonyhas been replaced byLouiein a 45′Minutes


  • 1Uusimaa
  • 6mepham
  • 18Louie
  • 22Pearson
  • 23hill
  • 26Kilkenny
  • 27Rogers

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