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02 April 2018 Venue Kenilworth Road Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V MANSFIELD TOWN

1 April 2018

The Hatters will look to open up a ten-point gap between themselves and fourth tomorrow when they welcome Mansfield Town to Kenilworth Road.

Nathan Jones' team will be hoping to bounce back from Saturday's defeat at Colchester, which was marred by the serious injury sustained by Luke Berry.

Results elsewhere favoured the Hatters on the day though, with the Town's cushion between themselves and the play-off places only reduced by a point to seven.

A win could lift the Town back to the top of the table, depending on how Accrington get on against Notts County.

Tomorrow's visitors to the Kenny are without a win in five games under new boss David Flitcroft, who took over after the departure of Steve Evans – the Scotsman leaving for League One Peterborough United.

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On why Alan McCormack missed out on being in the squad against Colchester: "It's a big thing as Macca won't do two games in four days. So we had to choose which one that would get the most out of him – we chose Monday, whether that's the right one [decision] or not, we have to wait and see.
"He's been far more productive at home than he is away, and we knew if he did a 90-minutes today [Friday] then we'd have to write him off for Monday and we decided not to do that. That's not what cost us the game today though, not marking at set-plays cost us the game today."

On his side's performance after Luke Berry was injured: "With the injury, we thought, right we'll regroup and do certain things, and for about a 20 minutes period it was déjà vu from last year. It's exactly the same, we were 2-0 down after about 20 minutes last year from pretty much nothing.

"We worked on stuff so we didn't do that this year and it wasn't to be. It's another away game, we've had to give ourselves a massive game to chase and we can't keep doing that as we're a good side, but we're not that good that we can keep coming from two down."

WHO?

The Stags had been one of the more consistent sides in the division this campaign and have lost the joint least amount of games in the fourth tier, but draws have held them back so far. They've had 15 of them this campaign, but have done extremely well on the road at teams in the top eight, picking up victories over Wycombe Wanderers, Exeter City and Coventry City.

Recent results haven't favoured Flitcroft though, who has seen his team draw three times and lose twice in his short reign so far – results which have seen them fall out of the play-off places.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm on Monday 2nd April at Kenilworth Road.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are still available for purchase online for the game, with the Ticket Office open for sales from 9am on Monday.

PLAYED BEFORE?

Our last meeting with the Stags came at the end of August, when Town pulled off a remarkable comeback from two goals down to draw 2-2 – thanks to goals from James Collins and Danny Hylton, before Marek Stech pulled off a last minute save from Danny Rose's penalty.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

You can follow the Hatters' Twitter feed on @LutonTown, or stay up to date on the LTFC website in the match centre. iFollow Hatters subscribers can tune in for Simon Pitts' match commentary, whilst international subscribers can watch the game live. You can subscribe to iFollow Hatters by clicking here... and supporters who are overseas can buy an individual match pass for the live video stream via the Match Centre.

AWAY SUPPORTERS' GUIDE

If you are a Mansfield supporter heading to Kenilworth Road for this fixture, please check out our Away Supporters' Guide by clicking here, to make sure you get the most out of your trip to Luton!

CAR PARKING

Don't forget to take advantage of the car parking now available at Power Court, make sure you get your permit now by clicking here.

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MATCH REPORT & GALLERY: LUTON TOWN 2 MANSFIELD TOWN 1

Landmark goals for James Collins and Glen Rea in important win for the Town

2 April 2018

The Hatters got back to winning ways with a fantastic come-from-behind win against Mansfield Town at Kenilworth Road this afternoon - with Nathan Jones' side dedicating the victory to injured midfielder Luke Berry.

After going a goal down in the first half through Kane Hemmings' low finish, James Collins and Glen Rea netted in nine second half minutes to move the Town up to 77 points for the season – the same tally they achieved for the entire 2016/17 campaign.

Nathan Jones made four changes from the side that was defeated at Colchester on Friday, with Alan McCormack, Jack Stacey, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu and Elliot Lee coming in for Luke Berry, James Justin, Glen Rea and Andrew Shinnie, with the Hatters looking to stretch the gap between themselves and fourth place to ten points.

After a stop start opening ten minutes, Town fashioned the first real opportunity of the afternoon. Intricate play between Elliot Lee and Danny Hylton saw the former tee up Dan Potts to cross in from the left, with his ball just avoiding James Collins in the box, before Hylton was unable to tuck away Olly Lee's flicked ball into the box 12 minutes in.

Nine minutes later and Hylton again was at the centre of the action, this time firing over from what was a crossing position out on the right, however with Conrad Logan off his line the striker tried to smash it in from an acute angle, but the effort flew just over the crossbar.

Town began to assert their authority on the match and Dan Potts was unlucky not to see his close range strike find the back of the net after Collins had played the defender through, the striker then seeing his 25 yard effort drift just over Logan's goal.

Just before the half hour mark the impressive Mpanzu swung a great cross in from the left with Hylton and Olly Lee waiting at the back stick but it evaded both and Mansfield managed to clear away.

Zander Diamond was guilty of missing a great chance for his side moments later when the Stags won a corner out on the far side, the defender met the cross six yards out, but his header was over the Town goal.

That sparked the visitors into life and they managed to score against the run of play in the 34th minute, when Kane Hemmings turned Scott Cuthbert from Logan's long ball down field, the striker then tucking it under Shea.

Shea somehow denied the Stags with a brilliant double save four minutes later, the keeper first throwing his body in the way of Alex MacDonald's effort before CJ Hamilton hammered an effort straight at the former Wimbledon man, with the Town defence caught on the back foot, but they were able to finally deal with the situation as they got it away.

The Hatters were forced into a change when Cuthbert went down holding his groin with two minutes of the first half to go, with Glen Rea slotting in, in his place.

Elliot Lee went agonisingly close to getting the Hatters back on level terms eight minutes into the second half when he volleyed from the edge of the box from a Mansfield clearing header, but his top right corner bound effort was somehow palmed over by Logan.

The Hatters got their equaliser a minute after the hour mark after some fantastic play out on the right from Mpanzu, as he powered down the wing before crossing low, with James Collins there two-yards out to net his 20th goal of the campaign. The striker celebrating by retrieving a Berry shirt from the bench and lifting it up, as the Town midfielder begins his recovery from a serious ankle injury picked up at Colchester.

The comeback was complete nine minutes later when Collins countered from a Mansfield corner, only to be hacked down from behind by Hemmings 25 yards from the Stags' goal. Alan Sheehan took it, it looked a simple enough save for Logan, but the keeper palmed it straight into the path of Glen Rea who made no mistake, firing it past the despairing keeper from five yards for the defender's first goal of the season.

Three minutes into second half stoppage time Man-of-the-Match Mpanzu nearly netted the goal his performance deserved when he pounced on a defensive mix-up from the Stags, but his effort was well saved by Logan.

Town: Shea, Stacey, Cuthbert (Rea 43), Sheehan, Potts, McCormack, Mpanzu, O Lee, E Lee (Justin 83), Hylton (Jervis 69), Collins.

Subs not used: Stech, Justin, Cornick, Downes, Gambin.

Yellow: Sheehan, Shea

Goal: Collins 61, Rea 70

Mansfield: Logan, Bennett, Diamond, MacDonald, Mellis, Angol, Atkinson (Potter 71), White (Miller 88), Hunt, Hamilton, Hemmings.

Subs not used: Digby, Pearce, Anderson, Olejnik, Byrom, Miller.

Goal: Hemmings: 34

Yellows: Angol, Hemmings, White

ATTENDANCE: 9,592

AWAY: 725

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