Luton Town looked destined for promotion and the League One title for much of the second half of the season, but the defeat at Burton Albion on Saturday prolonged a worrying dip in form that has seen their comfortable lead at the top of the table disappear.
The Hatters set a club record twenty-eight game unbeaten run in what seemed like an irresistible march to Championship status, but the Burton result leaves them with only one win in five. They remain top of the table on goal difference alone, with Barnsley equal on points and Portsmouth four points adrift in third with a game in hand.
The Hatters now need to beat in-form Oxford United at Kenilworth Road on the final day of the season to finally secure what seemed a formality a few weeks ago.
Even with a final-day draw or a loss, Mick Harford’s men could still go up automatically, but it all depends on how Portsmouth get on. Mick Harford’s men could even go up without kicking a ball on Tuesday if Portsmouth lose their game in hand at home to playoff-chasing Peterborough United.
The Hatters still very much have their destiny in their own hands, but supporters are starting to get nervous about their fate after they watched their side throw away a half-time lead at the Pirelli Stadium.
Here is a selection of their reactions to the weekend’s events on Twitter.
I dont think my heart can take anymore all that hard work all season ….please get that win against oxford …deserve nothing less than promotion ?????
— ?Rahima? (@Begzy_28) April 27, 2019
Gutted, champions at half time to this at full time@?
— David Finan (@davefinan82) April 27, 2019
What a season, and we never do it the easy way!! Keep believing and get behind the lads!! I WILL BE ON SATURDAY. COYH ????
— Karen ⚽️? (@KrobertsonKaren) April 27, 2019
This week is going to drag!! 5:30 on Saturday can’t come quick enough. Deserved what we got today as Burton better to a man. Oxford going to be tough but we’re at home and got to keep positive! #COYH
— Sean Berry (@seanberry2789) April 27, 2019
— Oli Richards (@OliRichards1) April 27, 2019
It’s safe to say we can all agree that @Mickharford the boys and the rest of the team at @LutonTown have gone above and beyond everyone’s expectations to get us back where we belong ten years later. Get behind them next week and we can do it ???#coyh #ltfc #hatters
— Lucy (@Skittles7) April 27, 2019
Luton fans are mental, only 2 lanes: the “back the team, we’re the best, we’re Luton etc” Rose-tinted brigade or the “we’ve bottled it, we’re shit, we’re this, we’re that” finger pointing brigade. Why not, instead of having a meltdown, just wait and see what happens? #LTFC #COYH
— Max Pollard (@Max_LTFC) April 28, 2019
Seeing a lot of Luton fans saying they’re more than happy with just getting promoted! Screw that we want to win it with the position we’re in, at this point I’ll be gutted if we don’t as I was last year #LTFC
— David Philip Murphy (@DPMknowsbest) April 28, 2019
The Town are just making it a little more exciting, that’s all ? #COYH
— Ed O’Neill (@EdTheHatter) April 27, 2019