Summer signing Amari’i Bell netted the only goal of the game in the fourth minute as Luton won 1-0 away at last season’s beaten playoff semi-finalists Barnsley on Tuesday evening.
Nathan Jones praised his side for digging deep to defend against the Tykes’ pressure and bounce back from the weekend’s 3-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
A promising transfer window, in which the likes of Fred Onyedinma, Henri Lansbury and Allan Campbell have arrived at Kenilworth Road, has seen Luton tipped by some to make a playoff push this year and they started the campaign with an impressive 3-0 victory over Peterborough United.
The Bedfordshire outfit have certainly been on an upward trajectory since Jones returned to the club last year, and you would not bet against the feel-good factor continuing under the Welshman.
Luton have only won two of their last 14 meetings with Birmingham, but that does include their last encounter back in February when a Dan Potts goal secured a 1-0 victory.
The Blues’ unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Wednesday night as two late goals for Bournemouth gave the Cherries a 2-0 win at St. Andrew’s.
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It was the first time that Lee Bowyer’s side had conceded in 2021-22, after clean sheets against Sheffield United and Stoke City in the Championship and Colchester United in the EFL Cup.
Birmingham made an opening day statement by beating the recently-relegated Blades 1-0 before a goalless draw with the Potters.
Scoring just once themselves in three league games is perhaps a slight worry, but after five consecutive seasons of finishing no higher than 17th, there is hope that former Blues midfielder Bowyer is steering the club in the right direction