Mick McCarthy watches Ireland prospect James Collins bag 20th goal of season as Luton stay top of League One
Luton Town's Ireland hopeful James Collins will be hoping that Mick McCarthy stayed for the full ninety minutes after the Ireland boss was spotted at Kenilworth Road today.
The Hatters kept up the pace at the top of League One with a 2-0 home win over Rochdale, who finished with 10 men.
Danny Hylton broke the deadlock with a close-range finish after 59 minutes.
Mick McCarthy at Luton today - hopefully he was still in ground when Collins got his 20th goal of season just before full time https://t.co/gknnYUzqiC— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) March 2, 2019
Collins added the second for the Hatters in stoppage time after Rochdale saw midfielder Ethan Hamilton dismissed for a second caution with five minutes left.
Second-placed Barnsley saw midfielder Jacob Brown sent off late in the first half, but still ran out 3-0 winners at Southend as they remain five points behind the leaders.
Brown was dismissed 10 minutes before the break for a poor challenge on Shrimpers skipper Sam Mantom in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.
The Tykes, though, rallied and wrapped up the points with second-half goals from Cameron McGeehan, Cauley Woodrow and Jordan Green.
Sunderland stay third after a 2-0 home win over Plymouth, with goals in each half from Lee Cattermole and George Honeyman.