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Roots Hall (ATT 5,104) 20th December 2013 - Kick off 19:45

Southend Southend United vs Rochdale Rochdale

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Cauley Woodrow: Back in the mix

Cauley Woodrow: Back in the mix

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

Cauley Woodrow returns to the fold to ensure Southend boast virtually a fully-fit squad for Friday night's home clash against fellow promotion chasers Rochdale.

The on-loan Fulham striker has completed a three-match suspension following his sending-off at Portsmouth late last month.

Only long-term absentee Julian Bennett is on the sidelines ahead of the Roots Hall encounter as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury.

Boss Phil Brown could well make changes after last weekend's disappointing 1-0 defeat at Torquay, with the likes of Mark Phillips, Adam Thompson, Will Atkinson, Ryan Leonard and Freddy Eastwood in contention.

Rochdale midfielder Matty Lund will return to contention for Friday night's game at Southend following suspension.

Lund sat out last week's home defeat to Fleetwood after reaching five yellow cards and was replaced by Andrew Tutte, so boss Keith Hill must decide whether to make changes.

Hill has no new injury or suspension worries, but is still without striker George Donnelly, who will be sidelined until January due to an ankle injury that has kept him out since the end of October.

Skipper Peter Cavanagh (Achilles) made his first appearance since August as a late substitute last week and is hoping to play a bigger role as Dale chase their first league win in four matches.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 26 41
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
13 Cambridge United 25 35
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 25 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Carlisle United 27 27
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 26 26
24 Hartlepool United 27 18