Cheltenham vs Newport preview
Last Updated: 23/11/18 12:27pm
Cheltenham boss Michael Duff hopes to have defender Johnny Mullins available for the home clash with Newport.
Mullins has not featured since he was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken nose in the FA Cup draw at Ebbsfleet earlier this month but he is expected to be involved. Midfielder Jacob Maddox has an outside chance of making the squad as he looks to overcome an ankle knock.
Alex Addai impressed as a substitute in the replay win over the Fleet in midweek - scoring a second goal at the death - and he is pushing for a starting spot.
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Skipper Andrew Crofts is expected to make a welcome return to the Newport squad for the game. Midfielder Crofts has managed just three appearances since joining the Exiles after an infected blister led to an Achilles problem.
Forward Robbie Willmott could be back in action on Tuesday following a hamstring problem sustained in the win against Colchester. Joss Labadie and Tyler Forbes are closing in on returns but defender Scot Bennett is a long-term absentee with a hamstring issue. Keanu Marsh-Brown's thigh strain will be assessed.
Cheltenham have failed to win any of their last six games against Newport in the Football League (D4 L2).
Newport have never lost an away Football League game against Cheltenham (P4 W1 D3), scoring three goals and conceding twice.
Cheltenham have won just one of their last 10 League Two games (D4 L5), however that victory did come last time out against Notts County (3-0) - the Robins will be looking to win back to back league games for the first time since winning three on the bounce in October 2017.
Newport have lost just one of their last 12 home league games (W9 D2) and are unbeaten in five games at Rodney Parade since a 0-6 defeat to Yeovil in September (W3 D2).
Cheltenham's Luke Varney netted his second brace of the season last time out against Notts County and will be looking to score in back to back Football League games for the first time since April 2013 for Leeds.