Luton battle back to worry Wimbledon

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Luton succeeded where their betters have failed lately by holding Wimbledon to a 1-1 draw in the third round of the Coca-Cola Cup at Selhurst Park last night.

Wimbledon, on a record winning streak in the Premiership, went ahead through Dean Holdsworth after 24 minutes, but the lead proved short-lived. The Second Division club staged a brave fightback in which Ceri Hughes claimed the equaliser five minutes before the interval. He started and finished a wonderful move, jinking past Dean Blackwell before taking the chance.

Wimbledon's landlords, Crystal Palace, also had a recent promising run brought to a halt at Ipswich, where Paul Mason and Alex Mathie each scored twice in a 4-1 victory.

There was no new chapter of heroics for York, who beat Manchester United in this competition last season and put out Everton in the last round. Leicester proved tougher, winning 2-0 at Bootham Crescent with goals by Neil Lennon and Simon Grayson.

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