Mansfield Town boss expects Luton Town match to be ‘toughest game of the season’

NMAC11-2124-32''Paul Cox
NMAC11-2124-32''Paul Cox

TOMORROW night’s game against Luton Town will be toughest game of the season, that is the view of Stags boss Paul Cox.

Stags go into the tasty-looking fixture in search of their first win of the campaign, while Luton travel to field Mill looking to gain a measure of revenge for their FA Trophy exit last season.

Recent games against The Hatters have been feisty affairs and Cox is expecting another hard battle ahead.

“This is a tough league with some very big teams in it and Luton are probably the biggest of all,” Cox said.

“They have a fabulous history and are rightly considered as one of the favourites to win the division.

“I’m really looking forward to the game. It will be a fantastic benchmark for us to see where we are at.

“It is going to be hard game, but we are progressing and we put some building blocks down to build on against Braintree.”

And if Stags are to claim their first maximum point haul of the new season they will certainly need to display a better cutting edge in the final third.

Added Cox: “We should be going into the Luton game with six points on the table, but that is football.

“It is going to be a much closer league this season and I don’t see any team running away with the league.

“In the middle of the park there is not a lot to choose between teams. The difference between sides is what happens in the final third.

“We need to be more ruthless in both boxes and take our chances when we get them.

““If we show the mindset we did against Braintree then we are in wtih a chance of winning, but if we turn up with the Gateshead mindset then we will get beat.

“We have to become more consistent. At the moment we are hard to sum up.

“We should have beaten Bath, We capitulated against Gateshead after 30 minutes and against Braintree we were comfortable and should have won.”

Stags will still be without the injured Ritchie Sutton, Paul Bolland and John Thompson as well as the suspended Tom Naylor.

Luton are currently unbeaten in their opening two fixtures and beat Southport 5-1 at home in their last outing.