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Roots Hall (ATT 5,216) 24th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Berry

Southend Southend United vs Rochdale Rochdale

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Bobby Grant: Set to start for Rochdale

Bobby Grant: Set to start for Rochdale

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Southend and Rochdale at Roots Hall.

Paul Sturrock could well name an unchanged starting XI for the fifth successive match as Southend aim to record a third victory in a row.

The Shrimpers have racked up away wins at Bristol Rovers, Torquay and AFC Wimbledon as well as a home draw against Port Vale since Sturrock last made changes to his line-up.

Tuesday's 4-0 success at AFC Wimbledon will give him no reason to change things around as the Shrimpers aim to replicate their away form at Roots Hall, where they have won just three of nine league fixtures this season.

Sturrock is not expected to have any fresh injury or suspension concerns to contend with, and is boosted by the arrival of midfielder Scott Donnelly who could make his debut.

Eighth-placed Southend go into the encounter two places and one point behind visiting Rochdale.

Rochdale have no new injury or suspension problems.

Long-term injury absentees Reece Gray and Matt Edwards are the only ones missing for manager John Coleman.

Forward Gray suffered a dislocated ankle, a fractured fibula and a snapped medial ligament during a behind-closed-doors friendly back in August, while goalkeeper Edwards has undergone surgery on a broken wrist.

But Coleman can call on every other member of his squad as Dale look to extend their unbeaten league run to six games.

Forward Bobby Grant returned from suspension last weekend to score the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers and is set to continue in attack.

Rochdale go into the game sixth in the table, one point ahead of the eighth-placed Shrimpers.

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1 Shrewsbury Town 22 43
2 Wycombe Wanderers 22 43
3 Burton Albion 23 43
4 Luton Town 22 41
5 Southend United 22 38
6 Plymouth Argyle 22 37
7 Newport County AFC 22 37
8 Exeter City 23 37
9 Bury 22 34
10 Stevenage 22 31
11 Morecambe 22 30
12 AFC Wimbledon 22 30
13 Accrington Stanley 22 30
14 Cambridge United 22 29
15 Portsmouth 22 27
16 Mansfield Town 22 27
17 Oxford United 22 25
18 Cheltenham Town 22 25
19 Northampton Town 22 24
20 Carlisle United 22 24
21 York City 22 23
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 22 21
23 Tranmere Rovers 22 19
24 Hartlepool United 22 14