MICHAEL Smith turned the game on its head with two goals in quick succession to give Town a win the first round of the Capital One Cup at having fallen behind to a harsh penalty at Kenilworth Road.
Town’s number nine first struck after Nathan Byrne forced a clear penalty. Smith slotting home to give Town parity in the 76th minute. It was a far more obvious infringement than for the earlier Luton spot kick.
Just six minutes later Smith was able to latch on to Massimo Luongo’s beautifully weighted through ball and kept his composure to find the bottom left of Tyler’s goal.
It was no more than Town deserved after weathering Luton’s storm after they found themselves one down early in the second half after Nathan Thompson is harshly adjudged to have handballed. The home fan’s cries may have swayed Paul Tierney but it was a poor decision.
Luke Rooney’s penalty was well struck giving Wes Foderingham no chance, the former Town man stroking home with his instep down to Town ‘keeper’s right.
Rooney would later see red for a second bookable offence. Deep into injury time the lank-haired attacker went down looking for a further penalty but only saw another yellow and had to go.
Swindon Town had the best of a first half that only got going in fits and starts with Luton threatening on the quick breaks and through the physicality of another former Town man Paul Bedson.
Ben Gladwin had Town’s best chances, both side foot effort from near the edge of the box after good work from wing-back Byrne on the right.
The former Marlow man’s first effort drifted just over the bar and his second was straight at Mark Tyler in the Luton goal.
Luongo started brightly in his attacking role, seemingly encouraged by his first goal in eight months on Saturday, having a number of efforts. It was the Australian’s backheel that found Byrne for one of Town’s most dangerous attempts but his shot went wide.
Luton only went close from distance with Fraser Franks and Scott Griffiths both just beating Foderingham and the post