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Withdean Stadium (ATT 6,366) 28th February 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Horwood

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe


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Last Updated: 27/02/09 11:35am

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Virgo: Starts five-match ban

Virgo: Starts five-match ban

Two sides battling for their League One lives meet on Saturday as Brighton play host to Crewe.

The Seagulls have been on a downward spiral for some time and have slipped into the relegation zone after taking only three wins from their last 16 fixtures.

Crewe currently sit one place and a solitary point behind their weekend opponents but are the form side heading into the game, having claimed three consecutive victories.

Brighton team news

Adam Virgo starts a five-match ban as beleaguered Brighton prepare for a visit from fellow strugglers.

The Seagulls - still without a manager after Jim Gannon turned down the job on Thursday - appealed against Virgo's sending-off during the midweek draw with Northampton, and the utility man was promptly hit with an extra one-game ban by the FA.

Virgo has been partnering Nicky Forster in attack recently with Glenn Murray (hernia) and Calvin Andrew (hamstring) sidelined, but Craig Davies is fit after a virus and should come in up front.

Caretaker boss Dean White also has doubts over defenders Colin Hawkins (hamstring), Adam Hinshelwood (calf) and Andrew Whing (ankle).

David Livermore serves the final game of his three-game ban.

Crewe team news

Crewe boss Gudjon Thordarson faces a defensive dilemma ahead of his side's trip to the Withdean Stadium.

The Crewe boss will be without defender Dennis Lawrence after he suffered a cheekbone injury against Yeovil on Tuesday night.

The influential Trinidad and Tobago international could be sidelined for a month and his absence will force Crewe into a defensive reshuffle with George Abbey, Danny O'Donnell and fit-again Chris McCready all vying for a central role.

Thordarson watched all three centre-backs who are hoping to step into Lawrence's role in a behind-closed -doors friendly against Oldham on Wednesday night and Abbey remains in pole position to start on Saturday.

Abbey played just over an hour for the reserves and was the man who came on to replace Lawrence against Yeovil.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40