MX23RW : Friday, September 24 14:07:34| >> :120:24560:24560:
Jul 4, 2020 at 3pm UK at Kenilworth Road Stadium
LutonLuton Town
FT(HT: 0-3)
Meite (17', 18', 35', 62'), Puscas (57')
Pele (15')

Mark Bowen vindicated in decision to play four-goal Yakou Meite out wide

Mark Bowen vindicated in decision to play four-goal Yakou Meite out wide
© Reuters
The forward scored four goals in a crushing win at Luton.

Boss Mark Bowen revealed how he won a battle of wills with Yakou Meite ahead of the forward's stunning four-goal haul in Reading's 5-0 win at Luton.

The Ivory Coast international had his hat-trick in just 17 first-half minutes, before adding another after the break.

Bowen said: "He actually came to see me yesterday (Friday) and was trying to put a case forward as he wanted to play as a number nine.

"I was telling him, 'sometimes you play from a wider area, yes it's harder work as you've got to track full-backs, but you can find more space coming in that channel between a full-back and a centre-back'.

"I walked in the dressing room and he looked at me with a wry smile on his face, so I think maybe for today I've won that argument.

"Five-nil is fantastic, but for me the most pleasing thing at five-nil was that we switched off, they went clean through and Rafa (Cabral) came out to keep a clean sheet with a point-blank save, which was huge."

After Meite had a shot cleared off the line by Dan Potts in the early stages and Luton forward James Collins hit the crossbar, Meite then opened the scoring after 17 minutes from George Puscas' pass.

He scored another 60 seconds later, with Town trying and failing to clear their lines, drilling into the bottom corner from close range.

Meite completed his treble in the 35th minute after being found by Ovie Ejaria's clever ball, easily beating home goalkeeper Simon Sluga yet again.

Puscas nodded home from Michael Morrison's towering back-post header 12 minutes into the second half.

And Meite then had a fourth when sent clean through once more in the 65th minute, as although Town came close to a consolation, Potts was denied by Royals keeper Rafael.

Luton boss Nathan Jones said: "We've had two massive away games where we've had to put in real shifts – at Swansea to win the game, then Leeds, and that has taken its toll.

"We were flat today and defensively they probably had six chances and scored five.

"We were just really, really flat. We lacked energy, we lacked real drive in our performance and I can only put that down to the effort put in.

"It's very difficult for me to really have a go at them, I'm bitterly disappointed.

"These were opportunities these home games, but to be fair they've given me everything and it showed today that they probably lacked that little bit of energy from the exertion they've had over the last week."

ID:405161: cacheID:405161:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:3913:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Leeds players celebrate Kalvin Phillips's goal against Blackburn on July 4, 2020
Read Next:
Championship roundup: Leeds close in on Premier League return with Blackburn win

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Primeira Liga
League Two
Scottish Championship
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Ukrainian Premier League
League of Ireland Premier
Belarusian Premier League
Segunda Division
Ligue 2
Eerste Divisie
Copa Sudamericana
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
J1 League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Premier League 2 - Div 2
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom8440147716
4Coventry CityCoventry851296316
5Stoke CityStoke84221110114
6Blackburn RoversBlackburn8341118313
7Huddersfield TownHuddersfield84131311213
8Queens Park RangersQPR83321612412
9Bristol City8332109112
10Cardiff CityCardiff8323119211
11Birmingham CityBirmingham83231010011
12Luton TownLuton82421214-210
14Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd8233121209
16Preston North EndPreston8233911-29
20Swansea CitySwansea8143711-47
21Peterborough UnitedPeterborough82151017-77
22Hull City8125512-75
23Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest8116712-54
24Derby CountyDerby824267-1-2

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!