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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 3,458) 16th August 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Tierney

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Rotherham United Rotherham

Crewe 1

B Moore (74)

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Rotherham 2

A Le Fondre (15)
B Pringle (72)

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Last Updated: 15/08/11 5:21pm

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Tootle: Doubt for Railwaymen v Millers

Tootle: Doubt for Railwaymen v Millers

Team news ahead of Tuesday night's League Two clash between Crewe and Rotherham at Alexandra Stadium.

Crewe boss Dario Gradi could again be without defender Matt Tootle when his side host Rotherham aiming to avoid a fourth straight defeat.

Tootle missed Saturday's 2-1 home loss at the hands of Gillingham with a groin strain and Carl Martin likely to take his place at left-back again.

AJ Leitch-Smith and Dan Shelley are back in contention for starting roles after impressive substitute appearances against the Gills.

Gradi knows his side must improve defensively if they are to halt their poor start to the campaign but admits he has little funds to bolster his squad.

He said: "We've lost all three games we have played but it will do us no good if they go around feeling sorry for themselves."

Rotherham will assess defender Michael Raynes as they travel to Crewe.

The centre-half suffered a broken nose in Saturday's 4-1 win at Plymouth and could miss out at Gresty Road, with Troy Brown waiting in the wings to replace him.

Manager Andy Scott may consider making tactical changes to his side, despite the ease of the victory at Home Park.

Striker Chris Holroyd could come back into the starting line-up if Scott decides to change shape while Ben Pringle will be hoping for a start in midfield.

Johnny Mullins, Paul Warne and Jamie Annerson (all knee) are continued absentees, though Marcus Marshall should have recovered from a knock sustained in last week's Carling Cup defeat to Leicester.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 18 35
2 Burton Albion 18 35
3 Luton Town 18 34
4 Shrewsbury Town 18 33
5 Southend United 18 31
6 Plymouth Argyle 18 30
7 Bury 18 30
8 Newport County AFC 18 28
9 Exeter City 18 27
10 Portsmouth 18 26
11 Morecambe 18 26
12 Accrington Stanley 18 26
13 Cambridge United 18 24
14 Northampton Town 18 24
15 Stevenage 18 24
16 AFC Wimbledon 18 24
17 Mansfield Town 18 22
18 Cheltenham Town 18 22
19 Oxford United 18 20
20 York City 18 18
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 18
22 Carlisle United 18 18
23 Tranmere Rovers 18 12
24 Hartlepool United 18 12