FLEETWOOD Town have received the perfect boost on the eve of tomorrow’s FA Cup tie at Mansfield Town.
Magno Vieira is set to make his Town comeback in the fourth qualifying round tie at the ground where he netted a hat-trick in last season’s 5-2 league victory.
The Brazilian striker, out of a month since picking up a hamstring injury at Stockport County is raring to go at Field Mill.
Manager Micky Mellon said: “Magno should be fine for the tie. He’s had no reaction in training and that’s a bonus. We’ll definitely have him kitted out at Mansfield.”
Mellon has a fine record in this competition with Town, never failing to reach the first round proper in each of his previous three seasons in charge and earning crack at a Football League club each year.
After narrow defeats against Hartlepool in 2008, when Town reached the second round for the only time in their history, and Northampton 12 months later, Mellon’s side went even closer to their first League scalp last year when they took Walsall to a replay.
It’s a feat Mellon would dearly love to achieve this season but he’s looking no further than tomorrow’s trip to Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Mansfield.
“It’s a terrific tie and a difficult one for us, but I’ll tell the players that if we hit anywhere near the levels we know we can, it will be very, very difficult for Mansfield..
“We have to concentrate on keeping our focus and doing our job. We are looking forward to it and it’s a very special competition,” said the Town boss, a proud fan of the tournament.
He added: “It’s an opportunity to give the fans some excitement and to be in the draw for the next round. That’s what the cup is all about. You want to be in the hat and to start dreaming of maybe getting a tie against a big club.
“The romance of the competition is great for fans and players, so it’s important to try and get though.”
Besides Vieira, Mellon also has Shaun Beeley raring to go after a toe infection.
The manager said: “Beeley has been training for the last few weeks and is doing well. He will be involved and we are starting to look more like our old selves.
“We had Peter Cavanagh and Keith Briggs training on Thursday, so we are getting through the injuries.”
Despite his affection for the FA Cup, Mellon will consider resting midfielder Jamie McGuire, who is one booking away from suspension, with a view to next weekend’s league showdown at Luton.
If McGuire sits out, centre-half Steve McNulty is ready to resume the captaincy after his one-match ban.