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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 21 42
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13