Nathan Jones’ Luton finally kicked off their season by knocking Swansea off their pace to win 2-0 and record their first win of the season at the Swansea.com Stadium.
The Hatters had scored just once in their previous four Sky Bet Championship games, drawing with Birmingham and Burnley before losing consecutive games to Preston and Bristol.
They still entered the game ahead of their hosts in the table even though Swans had won their first win at Blackpool a week earlier.
Home boss Russell Martin rested pivot defender Kyle Naughton, bringing Welsh international Ben Cabango into a back three, but was forced to pull him off the bench and push him into the thick of the action early in the second half -time.
Jones’ plan to press high and put Swansea under pressure worked perfectly in the first half and saw the visitors open the scoring in the 14th minute. Cabango was forced to concede a corner and then a throw-in before Nathan Wood yielded another corner.
The ball was swung from the right and Andy Fisher hit under pressure, but only to Allan Campbell on the edge of the box. He set up and fired home a left-footed shot to take the lead.
Swansea’s top scorer of last season, Joel Piroe, had a shot blocked in the penalty area in the opening minutes, but it wasn’t until Cameron Congreve was introduced in the 68th minute that the home side had a shot on target from him immediately after being introduced.
After entering the break 1-0 up front, but massively behind in terms of possession, Luton continued to frustrate Swansea with their aggression and desire. The home side were helpless in front of goal and fragile at the back.
Jones replaced leaders Admiral Muskwe and Elija Adebayo with the equally abrasive Carlton Morris and Cameron Jerome on the hour mark and it was Morris who scored the second goal moments after forcing Fisher to save a stinging shot to his straight post.
There was no stopping Morris’ second effort in the 72nd minute as he joined Jerome in a breakout. Jerome beat Harry Darling down the right then Morris twisted and passed Cabango down the left before shooting through goal into the far corner.
After a 2-2 draw at home to Millwall in midweek, when two own death goals cost them two points, it was another major setback for Martin and his team. They have now played seven games this season and go without a win at Swansea.com Stadium.