The Warmdown: Luton Town confirm play-off spot on final day with win over Reading
Luton Town's manager Nathan Jones looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Luton Town and Blackpool at Kenilworth Road on April 23, 2022 in Luton, England. (Photo by Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images)

A smart goal from Harry Cornick gave Luton Town all three points to confirm their spot in the Championship play-offs.

Cornick pounced from behind Reading goalkeeper Orjan Nyland when he rolled the ball out, took the ball off him and put it in an empty net.

Luton finished the season in sixth place, meaning they now face Huddersfield Town in the play-offs, with the first leg this coming Friday.

Here is a warmdown of the game, going over the key talking points at Kenilworth Road

James Bree stars after injury layoff 

James Bree has been an ever-present in the Luton defence this season, but does not get spoken about anywhere near as much as he should with the likes of Kal Naismith around. 

The wing-back made more tackles than any other player, contributing well to his side defensively and helping them claim another clean sheet. Getting the clean sheet was very important, especially after conceding seven goals to Fulham on Monday evening.

Bree also supported his team offensively, completing more crosses than any other Luton player with ten, and having the most accurate crosses out of both teams.

Nyland blunder sums up Royals' season

The Norwegian won't want to see that goal again. The goal may not have meant much in terms of what was at stake for Reading, but in what has been a poor season for the club, it was not the way a sold-out away end wanted to finish the 21/22 season.

Reading definitely haven't given their fans much to shout about this season, and they definitely didn't yesterday. Reading were dominated for the whole 90 minutes and never really looked like they were ever going to get anything from the game.

Time to prepare for play-offs

Luton now turn their focus towards the play-offs, as they look to play in the top flight of English football for the first time since 1992.

The Hatters face Huddersfield in the play-offs, with Carlos Corberan's side finishing third. Luton have had a number of injuries this season, so the key to them winning promotion will be keeping their key players fit. Some of their top performers in Elijah Adebayo, Sonny Bradley and James Bree have all had injuries in recent weeks, Luton made five changes for yesterday's game, as they look to rotate and keep players fresh for what is a big couple of weeks.

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