Redmond wants Stags to put down a marker
SHANE Redmond believes Sunday afternoon will be the perfect opportunity for the Stags to send out a statement of intent.
Mansfield Town have had an indifferent start to the campaign and sit tenth in the Blue Square Bet Premier after 17 games.
On Sunday, they entertain promotion favourites Luton in a 1pm kick off at the One Call Stadium.
And goalkeeper Redmond, who has got his chance due to a shoulder injury to first-choice Alan Marriott, believes now is the time for the Stags to kick on.
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They have not lost on home soil since the opening day of the season and Redmond said: "It is time to put down a marker.
"There has been a lot of made of the not-so-great start to the season but we are getting back to where we were last season.
"Sunday is a great chance for us and then we have Macclesfield away on Tuesday.
"It is going to be a big game, hopefully a big crowd and it will be rocking.
"I feel we will be okay as we have done well of late, tightened up at the back. We maybe just need to score a few more goals."
Redmond saved the second spot kick on Tuesday night to pave the way for Mansfield going through 4-1 on penalties at Slough Town in their FA Cup first round replay.
And he said the overriding feeling was one of relief at the end of the match.
"It was a relief in the end and it had an upset written all over it," he said. "But we went through and I was pleased with the save.
"I feel more comfortable and confident with every game I play but there are a few things to polish up on."
Mansfield Town's game at Hereford on Tuesday December 4 has been postponed due to their opponents now playing in the FA Cup 24 hours earlier. A new date is yet to be set.
Meanwhile, tickets for the FA Trophy first round tie at home to Matlock on Saturday November 24 are £10 adults, concessions £6, U11s £4.