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Spotland Stadium (ATT 2,204) 17th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Duncan

Rochdale Rochdale vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

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A Tutte (27)
B Grant (59)

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D Clarkson (pen 14)
G Kenneth (S/O 71)
E Richards (S/O 90+4)

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Grant: Back from ban

Grant: Back from ban

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Rochdale and Bristol Rovers at Spotland.

Dale boss John Coleman will be boosted by the return of Bobby Grant and Terry Gornell.

Grant missed Tuesday night's FA Cup first-round replay defeat to Morecambe due to a one-match ban for collecting five bookings this season.

Fellow forward Gornell, who made his debut for the club when Grant snatched a last-gasp winner at Wycombe last weekend, was unavailable under the terms of his loan from Shrewsbury.

Dele Adebola and George Donnelly could make way up front after the duo drew a blank in the disappointing 1-0 loss to the Shrimps.

Phil Edwards returned to the heart of defence following suspension in midweek and is set to continue, while Reece Gray (broken leg) and goalkeeper Matt Edwards (wrist) remain long-term absentees.

Pirates manager Mark McGhee looks set to recall Michael Smith at right-back with current first choice Matthew Lund ruled out.

The Stoke loanee picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign in the win over Chesterfield, opening the door for Smith, who was a regular in that position earlier this term.

Fellow right-back Danny Woodards is back in training having not featured since May with a broken leg, but McGhee would like to field the former MK Dons defender in a reserve match before putting him back in the side.

Two other injury absentees are moving closer to fitness with Leicester defender Cian Bolger set to return to Bristol next week after his knee injury, while captain Matt Gill is closing in on a return to full training.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
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1 Wycombe Wanderers 20 41
2 Burton Albion 21 39
3 Shrewsbury Town 20 37
4 Luton Town 20 37
5 Plymouth Argyle 20 34
6 Newport County AFC 20 34
7 Exeter City 21 34
8 Southend United 20 34
9 Bury 20 30
10 Morecambe 20 30
11 Accrington Stanley 20 29
12 Cambridge United 20 28
13 AFC Wimbledon 20 27
14 Portsmouth 20 26
15 Stevenage 20 25
16 Northampton Town 20 24
17 Oxford United 20 24
18 Cheltenham Town 20 24
19 Mansfield Town 20 23
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 20 21
21 York City 20 19
22 Tranmere Rovers 20 18
23 Carlisle United 20 18
24 Hartlepool United 20 12