While Russell Martin has not enjoyed the best of starts to life at Swansea, he would have taken encouragement from five points coming from games with Huddersfield Town, Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers.
However, the Swans could not make it a fourth game in a row without defeat after going down by a 2-0 scoreline at Hull City.
Although the Welsh outfit still have several games in hand, they are almost at the point of no return when it comes to a playoff bid, and they can ill-afford more dropped points on Tuesday.
On a positive note, they still have 11 home matches remaining this season, more than the majority of teams in the division, but they need to improve on a return of just five wins from 12 coming on familiar territory.
Top goalscorer Joel Piroe has now only netted once in eight appearances, the bleak run of form coinciding with Jamie Paterson’s extended absence from the team.
Opponents Luton have been one of the better teams in the Championship since the start of December, the Hatters collecting 14 points from their seven league games.
Three of their fixtures during that period have been against the division’s current top three, Luton remaining unbeaten in home games with Fulham, Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers.
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Sitting just six points adrift of the playoffs with at least one game in hand, the opportunity is there for Luton to make their presence felt among clubs who are under far more pressure to earn promotion to the Premier League.
Nathan Jones and his players will relish their tag of underdogs, too, but they now face a run of games against Swansea, Barnsley and Birmingham City where they deserve to be regarded as favourites.
Luton should have won the reverse fixture between the clubs at Kenilworth Road, Swansea remarkably coming back from three goals down to secure a 3-3 draw with two late strikes