Lift off for Vincent Kompany. After 29 wins on the way to the Championship title last season his Burnley team secured their first in the Premier League at the seventh attempt thanks to a late goal by substitute Jacob Bruun Larsen.
It was a strike to break Luton’s hearts. The home team had gone behind to a goal by Lyle Foster in added time at the end of the first half but summoned a spirited response and levelled through sub Elijah Adebayo in the 84th minute.
They thought it was enough to extend their run to three games unbeaten and stay clear of their visitors but Larsen won it for Kompany and Co with a brilliant curler, cutting inside from Burnley’s right flank.
The game barely paused to catch its breath from the moment Luton went close inside five seconds. A heavy touch by Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford tempted Carlton Morris and Chiedozie Ogbene to close him down and the rebound flew narrowly wide.
The visitors played the more fluent football in the first half without finding a way through. They were restricted to a series of efforts from around the fringes of the penalty box and a header from a corner by Zeki Amdouni saved by Thomas Kaminski.
Ogbene and Jacob Brown flashed headers wide as Luton responded but they went behind in stoppage time at the end of the first half, sliced apart down the centre of the pitch by the simplest of moves that started with Trafford.
Burnley’s England U21 ‘keeper played it out the centre halves into central midfield then to Sander Berge who released Foster, who slipped clear of Tom Lockyer and finished coolly.
Luton piled on the pressure after the interval. Jacob Brown must have thought he had levelled when he headed past Trafford. Josh Cullen was back on the line, however, and cleared despite coming under a challenge from Lockyer.
Burnley also survived a strong penalty appeal when Jordan Meyer slid into a tackle on Morris. Meyer got a toe to the ball although Morris will argue he came through his right foot to do so. Referee Peter Bankes was unmoved and there was no intervention by his VAR.
Adebayo levelled in the 84th minute with a shot on the turn from a knock down by Reece Burke, his first Premier League goal, but they were behind again within a matter of seconds when Larsen collected the ball on the Burnley right, cut inside and curled a left-footer inside the far post, beyond Kaminski.
PLAYER RATINGS AND STATS
Luton 343: Kaminski 6; Mengi 6, Lockyer 5.5, Bell 6 (Burke 21, 6); Kabore 5.5 (Adebayo 62, 7.5), Mpanzu 5.5, Nakamba 6, Doughty 7; Brown 6 (Chong 69), Morris 7, Ogbene 7.
Subs: Krul, Andersen, Berry, Woodrow, Adebayo, Chong, Giles,
Goals: Adebayo 84
Bookings: Brown, Burke, Morris,
Manager: Rob Edwards 6.5
Burnley 4231: Trafford 6; Roberts 6, Al Dakhil 6.5, Beyer 7, Taylor 6; Brownhill 8, Cullen 7.5; Kolesoho 6 (Ramsey 74 (Delcroix 90+4)), Berge 7.5, Amdouni 6 (Larsen 74, 7) Foster 7 (Rodriguez 80).
Subs: Muric, Cork, Ndayishimiye, Larsen, Odobert
Goals: Foster 45+2, Larsen 85
Bookings: Roberts, Taylor
Manager: Vincent Kompany 7
Ref: Peter Bankes