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Posh struggle on opening day with loss to Luton

Posh's return to the Championship was far from perfect, losing 3-0 at Kenilworth Road.
Posh weren't able to pick up points on their first fixture of the Championship season

The newly-promoted team were faced with 10,000 home fans after almost 18 months without supporters, bar a few games with limited attendance last season.

Posh almost took the lead on eight minutes when home defender Gabriel Osho’s backpass rolled under the foot of keeper Simon Sluga, who just managed to get back in the nick of time and slide it away before it crossed the line.

Luton looked the more likely to open the scoring though: Jordan Clark’s header from James Bree’s cross not missing by much, while Fred Onyedinma was then tripped by Frankie Kent 30 yards from goal – the Posh defender getting the game’s first yellow card.

Peterborough upped the tempo for the first time as midway through the half Jorge Grant took aim from 25 yards, his low drive only narrowly off target.

But Town took the lead on 31 minutes as Onyedinma’s deep cross from the right-hand side was met by Elijah Adebayo, whose downward header went into the net via the inside of the post.

Posh looked for a leveller but Joe Tomlinson’s attempt was blocked by Sluga, with the keeper just about getting to Grant’s cross in front of Jonson Clarke-Harris.

The final opportunity of the half went to Luton, Harry Cornick finding Allan Campbell who teed up Amari’i Bell, his right-footer cannoning off a defender and flying wide.

After the break, Christy Pym made a comfortable save when Bree tried his luck from range, but Posh were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men when captain Mark Beevers was only shown a yellow for handball despite being the last man.

Bree sent the free kick wide, but Luton were not to be kept out for long as Onyedinma reached the byline and his cross was converted by the onrushing Cornick on 68 minutes.

A third goal arrived three minutes later from Onyedinma - his first effort was saved by Pym but the rebound was hammered into the net by the summer signing.

Town kept pushing even as the clock ran down, with Onyedinma almost on target again but denied by the legs of Pym.

Posh never looked likely to nab a consolation goal, meaning they end the first day of the new season at the bottom of the table.