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Luton Town 3-0 Mansfield Town

Shaun Whalley
Shaun Walley was making only his third appearance of the season against Mansfield

Luton remained a point behind leaders Wycombe by comfortably overcoming Mansfield at Kenilworth Road.

The hosts led when Paul Benson followed up his own effort to score, but he was carried off before the break.

His loss did not seem to disrupt the Hatters, and Shaun Whalley fired in a cross-shot on 59 minutes before ending a dribble with a powerful finish.

Mark Cullen hit the crossbar in a dominant performance as Luton stay second in the table.

Mansfield drop to 18th, seven points above the relegation zone.

Luton Manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Losing Paul Benson was a big blow because of the way we wanted to play today.

"Shaun (Whalley) came up with two good goals, his second was a good finish.

"I think we're fortunate that we have players who are capable of coming up with magic moments. If we work hard and do our jobs we can win a game on a magic moment.

"We always have a chance because we are so good defensively."

Mansfield Town caretaker manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"The scoreline hurts. I think we gave them the goals if I am totally honest. I don't think they were goals that totally ripped us apart.

"There were a lot of positives from the game for me, but I think frustration is a good word.

"At the time of the second goal I think we had a good hold on the game.

"The pleasing thing for me was the progression and the fact the boys have taken on board what we are trying to implement."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 22Harriman
  • 5McNulty
  • 2Franks
  • 12Griffiths
  • 20WhalleyBooked at 17minsSubstituted forRooneyat 86'minutes
  • 4Smith
  • 26Doyle
  • 8Drury
  • 9BensonSubstituted forHowellsat 29'minutes
  • 13CullenSubstituted forWalkerat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Lacey
  • 11Howells
  • 15Rooney
  • 16Justham
  • 17Ruddock Mpanzu
  • 19Miller
  • 35Walker

Mansfield

  • 1Studer
  • 15Freeman
  • 6Tafazolli
  • 3Riley
  • 18BeeversBooked at 68mins
  • 29Sendles-WhiteSubstituted forBellat 61'minutes
  • 17LambeSubstituted forRheadat 76'minutes
  • 28Clements
  • 16Heslop
  • 22TaylorSubstituted forBrownat 45'minutes
  • 25Oliver

Substitutes

  • 7Bell
  • 9Rhead
  • 11Bingham
  • 14Palmer
  • 19Marsden
  • 23Evtimov
  • 24Brown
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
8,418

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 3, Mansfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Mansfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jake Howells (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Rooney replaces Shaun Whalley.

  5. Post update

    Fraser Franks (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Mansfield Town).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Charlie Walker replaces Mark Cullen.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Lee Beevers.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

  12. Post update

    Kieran Freeman (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Martin Riley.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Simon Heslop.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Simon Heslop.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Matthew Rhead replaces Reggie Lambe.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Andy Drury (Luton Town).

  20. Post update

    Kieran Freeman (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.