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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 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39