Coleman’s dreaming big after Sean stars
in and threatened to engulf the pitch. Thankfully, the gloom relented enough for the home supporters to view a truly splendid goal from McConville, who picked up the goal on the left of the area before unleashing an unstoppable drive beyond a despairing Christian Walton.
Luton who drew level on 53 minutes when Chapman blocked Jack Marriott’s shot only for the ball to rebound to Gray who found the net from the edge of the area. But within three minutes Stanley were back in front when Beckles glanced in McConville’s cross from six yards out.
And the Hatters’ miserable away day was complete when Rea was dismissed in the closing seconds for a second yellow card.
Luton manager Nathan Jones said: “I’m so disappointed. The same people keep making the same errors and we had enough chances to take the game to a replay, but we weren’t clinical enough and at the other end it was naive defending.
“We should have clearly got something from the game and I’m really disappointed because this was an FA Cup tie.
“We didn’t really show ourselves as a top team in our division that really wanted to win.” ACCRINGTON Stanley will go into the draw for the fourth round for only the second time in their history, and manager John Coleman hopes this result can propel his side up the league table too.
Sean McConville and Omar Beckles struck for the home side, cancelling out a Jake Gray goal for Luton Town, who saw Glen Rea dismissed late on.
And Coleman, who was also boss when Stanley lost to then Premier League Fulham in the fourth round in 2011, said his side deserved another crack at the big time following their hard-fought victory.
He said: “I’m obviously delighted because Luton are a good side. They made it very difficult for us but we were positive and from what I could see of the last ten minutes, if anyone was going to score it would be us.
“We knew how they would play but they had a few key players out to be fair to them so I wanted us to be positive, play with two forwards and try to get at them, which we did for long periods.
“Overall we deserved to win the game and what I said to the players afterwards was to use this as a springboard in the league.”
A drab first half played under leaden skies offered little entertainment for either set of fans as the fog rolled STAR MAN SEAN MCCONVILLE Accrington