All the facts and figures on tomorrow's match
The Hatters head into tomorrow's Sky Bet League Two game at home to Mansfield hoping to extend their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions - but face a tough test against one of the best defensive sides in the division.
It would be fair to say the Stags are pretty watertight, having only conceded 12 goals in the Sky Bet League Two so far this season. This statistic that can only be bettered by league leaders Plymouth Argyle, who have let in just one less goal. The Hatters have conceded 14 so far this season, but both teams playing at Kenilworth Road on Saturday can claim they haven’t conceded more than two goals in a single league game this term.
Managed by former Hatter, Adam Murray, Mansfield find themselves in 11th with 18 points, four short of the Hatters who are fourth. Not much separates the sides though in terms of results, as both teams have lost three league matches so far. But, the Hatters have won twice (W6, D4) where the Stags have drawn (W4, D6).
The Stags and Hatters are also on unbeaten runs of their own. Murray’s Mansfield haven’t lost in five, their last match a 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers. Much of this success can be put down to impact sub Matt Green who has six goals so far this season, three of those coming in his last two league games after coming on from the bench.
The Hatters haven’t lost in their last six matches in all competitions, with three wins and three draws in that spell. Last weekend saw Town manager Nathan Jones' side end a run of three 1-1 draws on the bounce, with a 2-1 win at Leyton Orient. Danny Hylton netted his eighth goal of the season, and Cameron McGeehan scored his seventh as Jones’ side now sit just one place outside the automatic promotion places. In that match, Hylton picked up a yellow card that means he misses the game against the Stags through suspension.
The striker will be at Kenilworth Road though, joining Simon Pitts in the press box for Hatters Player commentary.
Mansfield edge Town in terms of history, with eleven wins in their 32 meetings, with the Hatters victorious in ten. The first meeting between the two took place in March 1932, a match the Kenilworth Road outfit ran out 3-1 victors.
Paddy McCourt and Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu netted in a 2-0 win for Jones’ side back in January, but speaking in yesterday’s press conference, Jones said he is expecting a very difficult match.
“Mansfield are a tough side. It’ll be a very stern test. We have prepared for that, anything different will be a surprise, but we know what we are going to get from them.”