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Crown Ground (ATT 1,589) 9th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Haines

Accrington Accrington Stanley vs Southend United Southend

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R Cresswell (S/O 65)
K Hurst (82)

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Last Updated: 08/02/13 10:49am

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Charlie Barnett: Ruled out for Stanley

Charlie Barnett: Ruled out for Stanley

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Accrington and Southend at the Crown Ground.

Accrington will be without midfielder Charlie Barnett.

Barnett begins a three-match ban following his red card for a rash challenge on Port Vale left-back Daniel Jones in the early stages of last weekend's 3-0 defeat.

Nicky Hunt has been given the all clear to resume training after suffering concussion against Plymouth a fortnight ago and could come into contention at right-back.

Goals have been hard to come by during Stanley's current slump and Leam Richardson's strugglers have failed to find the net in any of their last four outings.

It is a situation striker Padraig Amond might be unable to remedy despite resuming training following a troublesome groin complaint.

Bury loanee Mark Hughes made his Reds debut last weekend after joining on transfer deadline day and is expect to continue in the heart of defence.

Michael Timlin will miss Southend's trip having this week been ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken leg.

The midfielder sustained a displaced fracture of his tibia in the late stages of Tuesday night's 1-0 victory at Leyton Orient in the first leg of their Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area final.

Midfielders Marc Laird and Michael Spillane both return to contention, however, having been cup-tied for the Trophy victory and their availability provides welcome relief for manager Paul Sturrock.

Leading scorer Gavin Tomlin has missed the last two matches with a thigh injury and is again set to miss out, while Sturrock will assess two unnamed defenders who are struggling with knocks.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39