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Spotland Stadium (ATT 2,558) 18th August 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: T Harrington

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Donnelly: Could spearhead Dale attack

Donnelly: Could spearhead Dale attack

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Rochdale and Northampton at Spotland Stadium.

John Coleman could name an unchanged side when Rochdale kick-off their League Two campaign.

Coleman has a trio of injury problems among the Dale squad to occupy his thoughts, but none of them affect any of the starting XI that suffered a dramatic 4-3 extra-time defeat to Championship outfit Barnsley in the Capital One Cup last weekend.

Highly-rated youth products Reece Gray and Luke Watson are set for extended periods on the sidelines due to a broken leg and medial knee ligament damage respectively.

Goalkeeper Matt Edwards is out with a damaged wrist, leaving Josh Lillis to continue between the posts.

New-look strike pairing George Donnelly and Dele Adebola made their competitive debuts for Rochdale against Keith Hill's Tykes and are among those poised for league bows when the Cobblers visit Spotland.

Meanwhile, Lee Nicholls will start in goal for Northampton.

Nicholls, on loan from Wigan, has not been granted permission from his parent club to play in the Capital One Cup so teenager Dean Snedker made his debut in the first-round win over Cardiff on Tuesday night. However, Nicholls will replace the 17-year-old at Spotland.

Another keeper, Shane Higgs (Achilles), is the only injury absentee for manager Aidy Boothroyd, who is excited about the goalkeeping talent currently at the club.

"I'm thrilled with the goalkeeping situation, from being really concerned about it four weeks ago," said Boothroyd. "We've got a senior goalkeeper well on the way to fitness and he looks in great shape.

"Lee has been impressive from the start - he's a terrific talent with a lot to offer. And we've got young Dean who's come into the team and shown every aspect you'd want from a goalkeeper. We'll keep his feet on the ground and he's here on a long contract so he can develop."

Defenders David Artell and Joe Widdowson, strikers Clive Platt and Alex Nicholls and midfielder Chris Hackett all made their full debuts against Cardiff and are likely to keep their places. Fellow summer signing Ishmel Demontagnac will be hoping to make his Town bow after not making it off the bench in midweek.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
15 Cheltenham Town 43 52
16 Accrington Stanley 43 51
17 Portsmouth 42 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 42 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 42 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39