Nigel Pearson and his Bristol City squad cannot be satisfied with their season thus far, but the Robins have at least recorded a double over rivals Cardiff.
They came from behind to prevail 3-2 at Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon, Chris Martin ending an eight-game wait for a goal by netting a double.
The victory was only enough to leave Bristol City in 16th position after the weekend’s fixtures, but it at least put the club closer to the playoffs than they are to the relegation zone in terms of points.
Pearson knows that two victories from three – as well as four home wins from six attempts – has bought him some time as he bids to keep his position in the long term.
Nevertheless, the wait goes on for back-to-back wins in the Championship this season, something which he will hope to end at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night.
Luton had been bidding to extend their unbeaten run in the second tier to five matches when they made the journey to Sheffield United.
However, two quick goals after the restart, followed by the dismissal of Reece Burke, condemned the Hatters to their first league defeat since November 27.
Nathan Jones was understandably bitterly disappointed with the result, aware that a victory would have taken Luton to within six points of the playoffs with three games in hand.
On a positive note, the Welshman will be grateful for the chance to get back on track three days later, further motivated by the threat of Bristol City moving ahead of them with all three points