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Benson: Suspended for Addicks

Benson: Suspended for Addicks

Charlton manager Chris Powell will be without striker Paul Benson when his side host Brentford.

The eight-goal striker will begin a four-match ban after being shown his second red card of the season during Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat against MK Dons for a dangerous tackle on midfielder Stephen Gleeson.

Top-scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips is likely to be restored to the starting line-up in Benson's place.

On-loan left-back Matt Fry returned to the squad in midweek and is pushing for a starting berth, but centre-back Gary Doherty will remain sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Midfielders Joe Anyinsah and Johnnie Jackson will also be missing with ankle and Achilles injuries respectively.

Powell himself will serve a one-match touchline ban after being charged with misconduct by the FA following comments he made after last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Tranmere.

Brentford boss Nicky Forster will be without Charlie MacDonald for the trip to Charlton.

The 10-goal striker returned from a dead leg in time to make the starting line-up against Brighton on Tuesday night, but had to be withdrawn after suffering ankle ligament damage following a challenge from Radostin Kishishev.

Robbie Simpson stepped off the bench to replace him and could start against the Addicks, although Lewis Grabban is another option.

On-loan Sunderland midfielder Adam Reed is set to continue following his full debut in midweek, but fellow midfielder Sam Wood is not yet ready to return from a broken arm.

Winger Myles Weston could return to the starting line-up as the the Bees look to avoid a third consecutive defeat.

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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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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