Huddersfield climbed to third place in the Sky Bet Championship table and maintained their slim hopes of automatic promotion with a 2-0 win over Luton.
A fine assist from Jon Russell gave the hosts the lead in the 59th minute, the score being kept as Hatters striker Elijah Adebayo missed a penalty shortly after.
And Naby Sarr came on from the bench to seal the crucial victory, when he lost his footing and headed a corner in the final minute of the 90th.
Carlos Corberan’s Terriers are now four points behind second-placed Bournemouth – despite having played two more games – while Luton remains fifth, two points ahead of seventh-placed Blackburn with five games remaining.
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As a hailstorm fell on the players, Huddersfield was the fastest tackler at John Smith’s, passing the ball on purpose and pressing hard.
That presented opportunities, with the best of which belonged to Danel Sinani, whose close range shot was cleverly beaten by James Shea after Lewis O’Brien and Russell shone from afar after when prompted by the crowd.
Luton coach Nathan Jones was forced to make a change after just half an hour, with solid player Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu helping out with an unspecified leg injury; Robert Snodgrass replaced him almost creating the opener, when he found the otherwise quiet Harry Cornick, who dug out a low drive ejected by Lee Nicholls.
Just seconds after Henri Lansbury was sent off in another injury to Luton, Huddersfield was on the attack as Russell waited for an opportunity to take Pipa’s throw – and when he did, he lifted the ball. stunning past Shea and into the bottom left corner .
The visitors pushed their bodies forward to try to equalize and James Bree was almost stopped in the box by Danel Sinani, but amid booing, Adebayo shot straight into the left wing.
But it was Huddersfield who applied the killer move in the 89th minute, when Sarr came in unchallenged to connect with Sorba Thomas’ cross and headed Shea’s net.
Both teams will resume play on Good Friday, April 15. Luton takes on Huddersfield at Kenilworth Road at 12:30pm, while Huddersfield takes on QPR at John Smith’s Stadium at 5:30pm.
Both matches will be available to watch live on Sky Sports Football.