🎥 EFL Performance of the Week: Luton send Norwich up; L1 gets tight

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Alex Mott

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Luton vs Watford may not strike you as the Clásico of the Championship but when the Hatters take on their local rivals, sparks usually fly.

And that was certainly the case this weekend as Nathan Jones’ men hosted the Hornets with much more than three points on the line.

Luton knew that a win at Kenilworth Road would send league leaders Norwich up to the Premier League and put a road block in Watford’s ambitions of going straight back up to the top flight.

It was a tight, cagey game but in the 75th minute James Collins netted a penalty to secure Luton’s victory.

Cue wild celebrations in East Anglia as Daniel Farke’s Norwich confirmed their place in the Premier League next season.

Watford now have four huge games against Norwich, Brentford, Millwall and Swansea to try and keep their Premier League dreams alive.

It’s going to be an absolutely fascinating way to tend the season.

Honourable mentions

It’s become a running joke at Onefootball Towers that I essentially use the privilege of this column every week to tell the world about my Oxford United fandom.

But for one weekend, it really is deserved.

Karl Robinson’s men have been on a brilliant run of form recently, winning three games on the bounce and scoring 13 goals in the process.

The latest of those, a 3-2 win against Gillingham was done in the most stunning of fashion, coming back from two goals down and scoring a double in injury time.

It doesn’t get any better than that, and has put the Yellows back in the play-off race.

With just four games left this season, Oxford are in the sixth, and final, play-off place right now.

But it could not be any tighter in League One.

From Sunderland in third to Ipswich in ninth, there just nine points in it.