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Heartache as Luton lose dramatic semi-final

Hylton scored the equaliser for Luton as his side fought back from 2-0 down Credit: PA Images

Luton Town attempted to book their place at Wembley in a dramatic EFL Trophy semi-final.

The Hatters faced League One Oxford United and had a chance to take the lead through Jake Gray after just 4 minutes, but his shot hit the bar.

The sides traded chances throughout the game - there were 40 goal attempts in the 90 minutes.

Oxford took the lead on ten minutes through Phil Edwards, who managed to steer the ball into the net despite being on his backside in the six-yard box.

Pelly Ruddock then deflected in a shot to make it 2-0 to Oxford.

Luton never gave up though and fought back with goals from Isaac Vassell and an equaliser from ex-Oxford player Danny Hylton.

It wasn't enough though as Marvin Johnson scored a late winner to send Oxford through to the final where they'll face Coventry.

Luton Town goalkeeper Walton recalled by Brighton

Christian Walton has been recalled by Brighton. Credit: PA

Luton Town goalkeeper Christian Walton has been recalled by his parent club Brighton and Hove Albion.

The England under-21 international has been a regular for the Hatters this season since joining on loan.

However, Brighton have now decided to bring him back to the AMEX Stadium to cover for an injury to fellow keeper Niki Mäenpää.

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Mackail-Smith joins Peterborough United for a third time

Mackail-Smith is back at Peterborough United. Credit: PA

Peterborough United signed striker Craig Mackail-Smith for a third time.

The 32-year-old has re-joined Posh on loan from League Two side Luton Town for the rest of the season.

He is stuck on 99 goals for Peterborough and will be hoping to bring up his century in his latest spell at the ABAX Stadium.

Mackail-Smith has struggled to break into the Luton team this season, with manager Nathan Jones going for other options up front instead.

I am delighted to have him. I feel as if the squad need one or two older heads and he brings that.

He also has a real passion for this football club, you can't buy that. I feel like Craig has a point to prove.

– Grant McCann, Peterborough United Manager

Meanwhile, 19-year-old striker Freddie Hinds has joined Championship side Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.

Stevenage sign Luton Town forward McQuoid on loan

The 27-year-old joined the Hatters in the summer of 2015 following his release by Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Stevenage have signed Josh McQuoid on loan from fellow League Two side Luton Town until the end of the season.

The former Bournemouth player joined The Hatters in June 2015 on a three-year deal, where he's scored seven goals in 43 times appearances.

Boro Manager Darren Sarll believes his new signing will make a big impact at the Lamex Stadium between now and the end of the season.

Josh is an attacking player, a very intelligent player and a player I have admired over the last eight or nine years.

It is really important we bring in the right character as our dressing is a real tight knit environment.

As a player he has won leagues, played in the championship and he is a winner. He will definitely give us a different dimension or point to attack compared to what we have had.

– Darren Sarll, Stevenage manager

Luton Town sign Barnet winger Luke Gambin

Luke Gambin makes the move from League Two rivals Barnet Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed Maltese winger Luke Gambin from League two rivals Barnet, for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract with an option for a further 12 months.

Gambin Gambin has six caps for Malta, but was suspended for their 2-0 defeat by England at Wembley last October.

The Hatters are currently sixth in League Two, six points off the automatic promotion places.

'Best striker in the league' Hylton extends Luton contract

Danny Hylton is staying at Luton Town. Credit: PA

Luton Town striker Danny Hylton has signed a new contract with the club.

The 27-year-old is the Hatters' top scorer this season with 14 goals in 26 games.

The forward moved to Kenilworth Road in the summer after rejecting a new deal with League One side Oxford United.

Hylton's new contract will run until June 2019.

This is a big signing for us and it’s like a new one really because it secures him for us long-term.

He believes in what we do here and we very much believe in what Danny gives us.

For me, he’s the best in the league. I wouldn’t swap him for any other player.

For what he brings me, what he does for me and how I can rely on that kid, he’s outstanding. I’m delighted we’ve managed to ensure we have him here for even longer.

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager
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