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