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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.

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Luton Town boss John Still on Mansfield win

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."

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Murray on Luton v Mansfield

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

Match ends, Luton Town 3, Mansfield Town 0.

Full Time

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Rooney replaces Shaun Whalley.

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

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Mansfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Charlie Walker replaces Mark Cullen.

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

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Lee Beevers.

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

Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

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

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Martin Riley.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Simon Heslop.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Simon Heslop.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Matthew Rhead replaces Reggie Lambe.

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

Foul by Andy Drury (Luton Town).

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

Attempt saved. Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Shaun Whalley (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Steve McNulty.

Attempt blocked. Chris Clements (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Junior Brown (Mansfield Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 3, Mansfield Town 0. Shaun Whalley (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Tyler.

Junior Brown (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Fergus Bell replaces Jamie Sendles-White.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 2, Mansfield Town 0. Shaun Whalley (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Junior Brown (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Vadaine Oliver (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Martin Riley (Mansfield Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Jake Howells.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Steve McNulty.

Mark Cullen (Luton Town) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Reggie Lambe (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Jonathan Smith (Luton Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe19115331171438
2Luton19114423121137
3Shrewsbury19113530151536
4Burton1911262522335
5Southend1910452115634
6Plymouth1994622111131
7Newport198742821731
8Bury199372723430
9Exeter198652725230
10Cambridge198383124727
11Morecambe198382021-127
12Portsmouth197572222026
13Accrington198292832-426
14Stevenage197482727025
15Northampton197392727024
16Wimbledon196672427-324
17Cheltenham196581828-1023
18Mansfield196491524-922
19Oxford Utd195682024-421
20Dag & Red1963102530-521
21York1931061823-519
22Carlisle1953112537-1218
23Tranmere1936101926-715
24Hartlepool1933131434-2012
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