Birmingham City’s poor form continued with a ninth defeat in 11 league games and the feeling that their bottom-half buffer could be much needed.

Once again, the Blues struggled to create enough clear chances, hitting the bar through Scott Hogan as they chased play, but it’s hard to argue that Luton didn’t get over what was a tight and rudimentary Championship affair.

Rob Edwards’s men, who have as many away wins as Premier League-bound Burnley, clinched victory thanks to Carlton Morris’s 12th goal of the season.

John Eustace made three changes to the team that lost at Norwich, an infusion of battle-hardened Championship champions with Lukas Jutkiewicz, Gary Gardner and Harlee Dean coming into the flank.

Jutkiewicz was probably the Blues’ strongest attacking source in an otherwise dour first half between two physical teams trying to get the ball moving quickly.

The 33-year-old found himself embroiled in a wrestling match with Gabriel Osho and Amari’i Bell and also created the only clear chance of the first half. He tracked a fumble to the bye line and picked out Scott Hogan with a pinpoint cross. Unfortunately, the Republic of Ireland striker headed wide from eight meters when he was well placed.

Luton had a couple of starts, the first coming when Alfie Doughty picked Elijah Adebayo at the back post where the striker jumped over Manny Longelo but headed over.

The other came just before halftime when Cody Drameh had time on the right to find Jordan Clark near the penalty spot. Fortunately for Blues, the midfielder missed his shot.


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