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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 Burton Albion 38 76
2 Shrewsbury Town 38 71
3 Wycombe Wanderers 38 71
4 Bury 38 67
5 Southend United 38 63
6 Luton Town 38 58
7 Newport County AFC 38 58
8 Plymouth Argyle 38 57
9 Stevenage 38 57
10 Exeter City 38 54
11 Northampton Town 38 53
12 AFC Wimbledon 38 52
13 Portsmouth 38 49
14 Morecambe 38 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 38 49
16 Accrington Stanley 38 46
17 Mansfield Town 38 45
18 Cambridge United 38 44
19 Oxford United 38 43
20 Carlisle United 38 41
21 York City 38 38
22 Tranmere Rovers 38 37
23 Cheltenham Town 38 37
24 Hartlepool United 38 36