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Taricco: Returns to Seagulls bench

Taricco: Returns to Seagulls bench

Mauricio Taricco will return to his role as Gus Poyet's assistant when Brighton host Bristol Rovers.

Former Tottenham defender Taricco played his first competitive match in six years in Tuesday night's FA Cup replay at Woking, and was sent off in extra time before the Seagulls squeezed through on penalties.

Taricco, therefore, serves a one-match ban while midfielder Liam Bridcutt is halfway through a three-match suspension following his red card at Hartlepool last weekend.

Manager Poyet is looking for a loan replacement for broken ankle victim Kazenga LuaLua but may not be able to get one in time.

Goalkeeper Casper Ankergren, defenders Adam El-Abd and Marcos Painter and striker Glenn Murray were rested in midweek and are expected to be recalled.

Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope will be without suspended defender Carl Regan for the trip to the league leaders.

Regan was sent off in the Pirates' 3-0 defeat to Leyton Orient last weekend and serves the first game of his three-match suspension, while fellow loanee defender James Tunnicliffe is unavailable to play against his parent club.

Trollope will have to shuffle his backline in the pair's absence, with Byron Anthony, Jeff Hughes and Gary Sawyer all likely to adopt roles in the Rovers defence.

Will Hoskins is still sidelined with an ankle injury and needs at least another three weeks to regain his fitness while Charlie Reece is also unavailable due to a back injury.

On-loan striker John Akinde is a major doubt for the trip with an ankle problem.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston  
Bristol C v Notts Co  
Carlisle v Walsall  
Colchester v Oldham  
Coventry v Swindon  
Crawley v Leyton Or  
Gillingham v Tranmere  
Port Vale v MK Dons  
Shrewsbury v Crewe  
Wolves v Rotherham  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Tue, 15 Apr 2014

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