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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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 14 32
2 Peterborough United 14 26
3 Preston North End 12 25
4 Milton Keynes Dons 12 23
5 Notts County 13 23
6 Sheffield United 13 23
7 Swindon Town 12 22
8 Oldham Athletic 14 22
9 Rochdale 13 20
10 Chesterfield 13 19
11 Fleetwood Town 14 19
12 Bradford City 14 19
13 Crawley Town 14 17
14 Colchester United 14 16
15 Leyton Orient 13 15
16 Barnsley 13 15
17 Doncaster Rovers 12 14
18 Port Vale 14 13
19 Gillingham 14 13
20 Coventry City 14 13
21 Yeovil Town 14 13
22 Crewe Alexandra 14 13
23 Walsall 14 12
24 Scunthorpe United 14 12

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