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Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Cheltenham and Fleetwood Town at Whaddon Road.

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Mangan: Will miss out again

Mangan: Will miss out again

Cheltenham are unlikely to make any changes.

The Robins welcome back Shaun Harrad to the squad after he missed the midweek victory at Bristol Rovers with a calf injury.

His availability means Mark Yates has a fully-fit squad to choose from, and gives him his only selection headache.

Yates has to choose between restoring on-loan striker Harrad to the line-up or retain faith with Kaid Mohamed to partner Wednesday night's goalscorer Chris Zebroski in attack.

But he will not touch his goalkeeper or defence after the back-five have conceded just one goal in their last four games, and are on a run of three successive clean sheets.

In midfield Sam Deering is looking for a recall after dropping to the bench in midweek, but Russell Penn is expected to keep his place.

Fleetwood are set to be without forward Andy Mangan once more.

Mangan missed out against York in midweek with a knee problem and has failed to recover in time for consideration from boss Micky Mellon.

Nevertheless, Mellon remains incredibly well stocked in attack. Steven Gillespie and Jon Parkin were restricted to places among the substitutes for the 2-0 win at Bootham Cresent, with the former coming on to score after David Ball and Tom Barkhuizen started up front.

Dean Howell hobbled off shortly after half-time on Tuesday night and will be absent with an ankle injury at the weekend. Alan Goodall is favourite to take Howell's place in defence.

The Cod Army's backline has been impressively marshalled by Youl Mawene this term, but the experienced Frenchman insists no one at the club should get carried away by occupying the third automatic promotion spot after 10 games.

"It's happy days at the minute - everything seems to work for us at the moment. It's nice to be where we are but I'm not taking anything for granted," he told Fleetwood Today. "We've got to remain really humble and just appreciate every three points we pick up, then move on to the next game. It's not the time to get carried away because it's a long, long season."

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
Burton Alb v Hartlepool
Portsmouth v Bristol R
Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale  
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld  
Exeter v Torquay  
Fleetwood v Wycombe  
Hartlepool v Morecambe  
Mansfield v Cheltenham  
Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Portsmouth  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
15 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
16 Accrington 43 -3 51
17 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 42 -9 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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