Tom McIntyre scored his first goal for the club when a corner was placed in the near post in the ninth minute and he volleyed into the top right corner to give the Royals the lead.
Alfa Semedo then doubled their lead when the borrower also scored his first goal for the club when Sam Baldock passed him and he calmly shot home to keep Luton at bay.
Luton made it a nervous end at Madejski Stadium however when Kazenga Lualua smashed it into the bottom corner from 25 meters away, but it was just a comfort.
This result means Reading moves up to fifth in the standings, while Luton moves up to 15th in the championship. Place falls.
Reading came into the game after losing their last two games to Norwich City and Brentford. You made two changes to the team that lost 3-1 last weekend. Captain Liam Moore was dropped from the squad with an injury and McIntyre came on. This resulted in a defensive reshuffle, with McIntyre moved to left-back, Tomas Esteves to right-back and Tom Holmes to his more familiar center-back position. Michael Olise was also dropped on the bench and Sone Aluko entered.
Luton made three changes to the Madejski Stadium visit when he was eliminated after a 0-0 draw with soaring Bournemouth. Glen Rea came back from suspension and started for the Hatters, while Danny Hylton and Rhys Norrington-Davies started on the bench. George Moncur and Jordan Clark started on the grid, the latter scoring the only goal when the two teams last met in August.
The first real action was within the first five minutes when Semedo was crashed and treated on the field.
Then the first goal came in the ninth minute with a well-crafted corner as the ball whipped to the near post, where McIntyre hit him on the volley and led him into the top right corner which gave the Royals the lead.
Apart from that, it was a relatively quiet 30 minutes as the chances gradually equalize after a positive start to Reading.
Towards the end of half, some sloppy passes from Luton resulted in a number of good chances for Reading, but lacked that edge and that killer pass to make them count.
However, they counted once five minutes before half-time when Semedo played against Baldock, who tuned in and played against Semedo, who continued his run into the box, knocking him past James Shea to double the Royals lead before break and scored his first goal for the club since his loan from Benfica.
Luton had a penalty near the end of half when Mcintyre ran into Martin Cranie on the edge of the box and appeared to be inside the box on second glance, but the referee thought he was out. The resulting free kick led nowhere. Luton got closer when Pelly Ruddock-Mpanzu managed to break free on the left side of the field and play over goal, but there were no other orange players to take it.
Luton made three changes in the second half, with Norrington-Davies, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Hylton replacing George Moncur, Cranie and Rea.
The second half started with a series of fouls on both sides. Luton made their fourth change when LuaLua came on for Ruddock-Mpanzu while John Swift returned for Semedo after injuring three months. Luton then brought Harry Cornick in for Danny Potts to get back into the game
With ten minutes left, Luton had a good chance when a free kick came on and James Collins tried to achieve something but Rafael made himself big and managed to stop the hatters from scoring a goal.
The Hatters did manage to score, however, when Kazenga Lualua in the 88th. Shot from 25 yards and shot past Rafael into the lower corner, giving Reading a headache in the last few minutes.
But Reading managed to get over the line. Three points brought her to fifth place in the table, while Luton to 15th. Place fell back.
A bad game certainly lacked quality, but Laurent stood out. He did brilliant tackles, but more importantly, he was a brilliant progressive runner who got the ball on the field and Luton couldn’t handle his pace or strength.
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