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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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2 Shrewsbury Town 44 86
3 Wycombe Wanderers 44 81
4 Bury 43 79
5 Southend United 43 78
6 Stevenage 44 69
7 Plymouth Argyle 44 65
8 Luton Town 44 65
9 Newport County AFC 44 62
10 Northampton Town 44 61
11 Exeter City 44 61
12 Morecambe 44 57
13 AFC Wimbledon 44 57
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 44 56
15 Oxford United 44 55
16 Portsmouth 44 53
17 Accrington Stanley 44 53
18 Cambridge United 44 51
19 York City 44 51
20 Carlisle United 44 49
21 Mansfield Town 44 48
22 Hartlepool United 44 41
23 Cheltenham Town 44 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 44 39