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Etheridge: Could debut for Pirates

Etheridge: Could debut for Pirates

Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee has a number of selection issues.

The Gas signed goalkeeper Neil Etheridge from Fulham on loan on Thursday and could hand him his debut as they go in search of their first league win of the season.

Striker Matt Harrold is out for the rest of the campaign after suffering a serious knee injury against Gillingham last weekend but it is not yet known who will replace him.

McGhee told the club's official website: "With Matt Harrold's injury there is no question that I should be playing Eliot Richards, but he leaves us with questions all the time; he is brilliant and then he is disappointing, so we don't know what's coming.

"So the decision I have got to make is do I risk Eliot's inconsistency or do I go with five midfield players."

Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon is expected to recall Youl Mawene to his defence.

Former Derby and Preston centre-back Mawene was an ever present in a Town side that conceded two goals in six league outings before Tuesday's match with Port Vale.

Mellon elected to rest the 33-year-old, handing a league debut to Blackpool loanee Ashley Eastham as the Cod Army slumped to a 5-2 defeat, although the Highbury Stadium boss has no regrets over shuffling his pack.

"We can't keep flogging people," he told the Blackpool Gazette. "We've got a squad here who we believe are all first-team players and we'll continue to use them.

"People have been brought here to play and I've no regrets about anything we've done or any choices we've made."

Fleetwood have no new injury problems. Anthony Berry (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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