Stags’ style could play into Hatters’ hands

STRIKER Lloyd Owusu isn’t expecting Mansfield to shut up shop when they come to Kenilworth Road for today FA Trophy semi-final second leg meeting.

The Stags lead 1-0 from Sunday, but he believes their style may well play into the Hatters’ hands.

He said: “We went into the first leg with high expectations and, to be fair to Mansfield, they beat us to the result on the night.

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“We know what they have to offer and they play good football but in the return leg they are coming on to our turf and that will be to our advantage.

“Their keeper did really well and made three or four great saves but we know what we have to do to beat him and Mansfield now, so it’s just down to us really. We know they won’t try to shut up shop.

Town were largely thwarted by keeper David Grof in the first leg, but Owusu us hoping he and partner Matthew Barnes-Homer can prove the difference as the 34-year-old striker has recovered from a head injury that forced him off on Sunday.

He added: “I got caught with a little elbow and was dazed but it’s nothing to worry about. Preparations are going well and we are ready to do the job.”

“Matthew and I have struck up a good partnership and, barring the Mansfield game, have been in great form, hopefully we can return to that at the weekend.”