Luton Town 4 Bradford City 0

By Footymad Previewer
Last updated : 30 October 2004

League One leaders Luton returned to winning ways with a convincing 4-0 win over second placed Bradford City at Kenilworth Road.

Two goals from Ahmet Brkovic and strikes from Steve Howard and Paul Underwood saw Mike Newell's men bounce back in style after three consecutive league defeats against Huddersfield, Walsall and Hull.

A scrappy opening saw Dean Windass fire a deflected shot over the bar for the Bantams while Underwood almost played in Howard for the Hatters.

But it didn't take long for the returning Brkovic to bring a moment of class to proceedings to put Luton one up in the 14th minute.

Chris Coyne pumped a long ball to the right corner of the penalty area and from Howard's header back, Brkovic produced a fantastic overhead kick to find the net from 10 yards for his sixth of the season.

Luton continued to press and Rowan Vine beat Mark Bower on the right and fed Underwood, whose right foot shot from 20-yards was held by Paul Henderson.

But Hatters made it two in the 32nd minute with some delightful play. A succession of passes culminated in Underwood playing a super one-two with Steve Robinson thanks to Vine's clever dummy, and the ex-Diamonds man was able to cross for Howard to despatch his seventh goal of the season from close range.

Underwood then joined in with a goal of his own to make it 3-0 in the 37th minute when he collected Brkovic's pass and fired low past Henderson from just inside the area.

Stephen O'Leary and Brkovic both fired over as Luton continued their pressure after the break.

But Bradford finally worked their way back into the game and Ben Muirhead's fierce 25-yard shot in the 66th minute was well gathered by debutant Simon Royce.

However, it was Hatters who made it four in the 70th minute when Henderson fumbled Howard's 18-yard shot and Brkovic took his time before netting from the rebound for his second of the afternoon.

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