Reading 1-1 Luton: Late Carlton Morris equaliser pushes hosts into the relegation zone after Andy Carroll’s red card as Rob Edwards’ side stay on track for third and favourable play-off tie
- Luton chasing first ever Premier League season – sitting third in Championship
- Reading recently sacked Paul Ince as they look to secure second tier survival
- They had taken the lead through Andy Carroll before he was sent off
JUST five minutes separated two Reading corners shortly after half-time.
Both were fired in from the right by Femi Azeez. Both were met by Andy Carroll.
The first was headed in, to put Reading on course for a huge three points in their battle against relegation.
The second was turned home by the striker, too. Carroll wheeled away, the home crowd celebrated, and then referee Tim Robinson pulled a red card from his pocket.
Carroll, already on a yellow, had handled the ball and suddenly delirium gave way for anxiety for Noel Hunt’s side.
Carlton Morris scores late equaliser for Luton as they keep alive their push for third
The goal consigns Reading to yet more misery as they drop into the relegation zone
Reading held on until nine minutes from time, when Carlton Morris equalised for Luton to take them one step closer to securing a play-off place.
Only catastrophe could stop Rob Edwards’ side having a shot at the promised land.
For Reading, however, the next three games have rather more riding on them.
This draw, and Cardiff’s win at Watford, mean they remain in the bottom three – now one point from safety. After Saturday’s draw against Burnley, this could prove another vital result.
But how much better it could have been, had Joe Lumley’s punch not hit Elijah Adebayo, allowing Morris to set up a nervy climax. Neither side could find a winner, neither will be wholly satisfied with only a draw.