All you need to know ahead of Field Mill trip
Mansfield Town v Luton Town
Sky Bet League 2
Tuesday 17th February 2015, kick-off 7.45pm
Live commentary on Hatters Player, DiverseFM, BBC3CR and lutontown.co.uk
• Hatters fourth; Mansfield 21st
• Town unbeaten in 10 in League 2 (W4, D6)
• Mansfield won two of last 10 (W2, D3, L5)
• Stephen McNulty and Luke Wilkinson suspended
• Town never won a league match in 12 visits
WHO? Mansfield Town, aka the Stags, who play their games at Field Mill. This season is the club’s second back in the Football League after they won the Conference the season before last. Their current boss is former Hatters midfielder Adam Murray and the match is the Town’s game in hand after the original fixture was postponed due to involvement in the FA Cup.
HOW THEY DOING? Not great. The Stags sit in 21st place in the table, just two places and two points above the relegation zone. Murray’s appointment has failed to improve the Stags’ fortunes, although his side are much better playing at Field Mill than on their travels. Six of their eight wins have been on home soil. In their last eight games, though, the Stags have won once, drawn twice and lost five.
HOW TO GET THERE? From Luton Mansfield is 110 miles and around two hours north up the M1. Leave the M1 at Junction 29, take A617 to Mansfield. After six miles turn you will pass the Pheasant Inn on your left. At the next set of traffic lights, where there is a Tesco Store on one corner turn right into Rosemary Street (signposted Derby A38). Follow road for around one mile and after passing a Burger King and retail park on your right, turn right at the next traffic lights into Quarry Lane. The ground is up on the right hand side.
HOME COMFORTS. The Town have an appalling record at Field Mill, winning just once in 14 visits, and that was in a League Cup tie in 1989. In League matches the Town have never won at Mansfield, drawing six and losing six. The Hatters have enjoyed some success at Mansfield, however. A 0-0 draw at Field Mill in 1970 was enough to clinch promotion from Division 3 (now League 1).
TOWN TEAM NEWS. The Town will be without Stephen McNulty as he serves the second match of a four-game ban. Fellow centre-half Luke Wilkinson is also suspended, and sits out the first game of a two-match ban for his red card against Carlisle. Alex Lacey and Fraser Franks are expected to form the central defensive partnership. Nathan Doyle remains unavailable while new loan signing Cameron McGeehan serves the last match of a suspension picked up while on loan at Cambridge.
LIVE AND ONLINE. Hatters Player is the only place to listen to online commentary of the Hatters this season and once again the DiverseFM team will be bringing subscribers all the action from Field Mill. What’s more there will be a full report, reaction and photographs post-match and live text updates during the match itself.
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