All you need to know and more ahead of Saturday
Luton Town v Mansfield Town
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 29th November 2014, kick-off 3pm
Live commentary on Hatters Player, DiverseFM, BBC3CR and lutontown.co.uk
• Hatters lost once in 12 League games
• Mansfield have caretaker boss Adam Murray in charge
• Head2Head: Town wins: 7, Mansfield wins: 10, Draws: 10
Mansfield Town, aka the Stags. Formed in 1897, originally as Mansfield Wesleyans, they changed their name to become Mansfield Town in 1910. They play their home games at the 8,186-capacity Field Mill, which for sponsorship purposes is known as the One Call Stadium these days. WHO?
Now we know who we’re playing let’s get down to it. Once again it's going to be a big old crowd on Saturday so make sure you get your ticket in good time and get yourself swiftly into position inside Kenilworth Road. There’s nothing worse than frantically finding your seat at 3.05pm and incurring the wrath of those people in your row *excuse me, excuse me, sorry*. So why not get yourself in the ground early, pick up a programme, sup a pint and demolish a pie?KENILWORTH CRAMMED.
Only one season has separated the Town and Stags since their last meeting following Mansfield’s Conference title success in 2012/13. Last term the Stags finished in 11th place in League 2 – their first campaign back in the Football League since their relegation in 2007/08.SINCE WE’VE BEEN GONE…
Oh yes. But any enthusiasm for that “yes” soon wanes when you look at the Town’s record against the Stags. The Hatters have won just seven of their 27 meetings with Saturday’s visitors. At Kenilworth Road that record improves a little better (six wins and five draws from 14 matches) but the Hatters haven’t beaten the Stags in the last seven matches in all competitions, stretching back to 2010.HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE?
It’s all change at Field Mill in recent weeks as, for the third week in succession, they will be facing a team who have changed manager. Paul Cox left the Stags hotseat last week after a poor run of results that had seen the side take four points from a possible 24. Former Town midfielder Adam Murray took up the reins and Mansfield will arrive on Bedfordshire soil having won their last two matches. A 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in League 2 last Saturday was followed by a victory by the same scoreline in their midweek FA Cup replay at Concord Rangers (insert something about banana skins being avoided).THIS TIME ROUND.
The Stags faithful have only toasted one win on the road in League 2 this season, impressively at Exeter – a place where the Town, Bury, Wycombe and Shrewsbury have all faltered this term. Scoring goals has also been a problem for the Stags, who sit 17th in League 2. Only bottom-of-the-table Hartlepool have scored less goals than the Stags’ 15 so far.AWAY THE LADS.
Well Murray is certainly one – the Stags’ player/caretaker boss was only at Kenilworth Road for a few months having joined from Oxford in the summer of 2010. Mansfield also have former Town loanee Simon Heslop in their squad. Mike Saxby is probably the one player that supporters of a certain vintage will remember best. Read more about him in Saturday’s programme.CLUB CONNECTIONS.
Goals are sure to be on the menu on Saturday. In the 14 previous matches between the two clubs at Kenilworth Road, a total of 56 goals have been scored. That works out at eye-popping four goals per game. Mansfield won the previous game at Kenilworth Road 3-2 in February 2013, but the Town have also won 5-3 and 7-2 against the Stags on home soil in the past. Now that’s suitably jinxed, put your money on a 0-0 drawzzzzzzzzzzz.DID YOU KNOW?
Ron Arnold. The Stags’ all-time appearance holder, who played 522 games for the club in two spells. A legend.DO MENTION.
Chesterfield. The North Derbyshire outfit are not the most popular with Stags fans. So, if you sidle up to one in the pub before the game don’t start regaling them with your love for crooked spires or antique chairs.DON’T MENTION.
Gavin Ward. Saturday’s whistler has dished out 61 yellow cards and two red cards this season in the 15 matches he’s overseen, three of which have come in the Championship. The last time Mr Ward took charge of a Luton game was a 2-0 win at Nuneaton in an FA Cup replay in November 2012. Scott Rendell scored both Town goals that night and he booked one Hatters man: Janos Kovacs. How’s that for an impressive nugget to tell your mates before the match?REF WATCH.
Midfielder Alex Lawless faces a spell on the sidelines after tests revealed a chipped bone in his foot. Defender Curtley Williams dislocated his shoulder in Tuesday’s development game. Those two join Ross Lafayette – who is continuing his recover from a hernia operation – in the stands. Defender Luke Wilkinson serves a one-match suspension after his red card at Burton last Saturday.TOWN TEAM NEWS.
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