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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 Luton Town 17 34
2 Shrewsbury Town 17 33
3 Wycombe Wanderers 17 32
4 Burton Albion 17 32
5 Plymouth Argyle 17 30
6 Bury 17 30
7 Southend United 17 28
8 Morecambe 17 26
9 Newport County AFC 17 25
10 Cambridge United 17 24
11 Stevenage 17 24
12 Exeter City 17 24
13 Portsmouth 17 23
14 AFC Wimbledon 17 23
15 Accrington Stanley 17 23
16 Cheltenham Town 17 22
17 Northampton Town 17 21
18 Oxford United 17 19
19 Mansfield Town 17 19
20 Carlisle United 17 18
21 York City 17 15
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 15
23 Tranmere Rovers 17 12
24 Hartlepool United 17 12