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Roots Hall (ATT 5,489) 27th September 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Tim Robinson

Southend Southend United vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

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Last Updated: 26/09/13 4:32pm

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Ben Coker: Serves his suspension

Ben Coker: Serves his suspension

Team news for Friday's League Two clash between Southend and Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall.

Southend left-back Ben Coker is suspended as both out-of-form sides go in search of a vital victory.

Coker was given his marching orders having received a second yellow card in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Bury and now serves a one-match ban.

Boss Phil Brown has options to fill in on the left side of defence in the shape of Anthony Straker, Luke Prosser, John White and Adam Thompson.

Midfielder Marc Laird and defender Julian Bennett both remain long-term absentees for a Shrimpers side who have gone five matches without victory, while visitors Rovers are currently four without a win.

Rovers have received an double injury boost with the news that Seanan Clucas and Ryan Brunt will travel to Southend for their Friday night clash.

Brunt has been sidelined for two weeks with an ankle injury and manager John Ward would like to partner the former Stoke man with Matt Harrold.

Clucas made a goalscoring appearance in the midweek game with Cirencester as he ups his comeback after seven months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Matt Gill and Ollie Norburn all played their parts in the victory and they provide extra options for Ward as he looks to build on the late point against Hartlepool.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 21 42
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13