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McIntyre: Back from suspension for Dale

McIntyre: Back from suspension for Dale

Rochdale welcome back Kevin McIntyre from suspension.

The veteran midfielder sat out the 2-1 victory over Gillingham after his appeal against a red card picked up against Dagenham was rejected.

After serving his one-match ban, McIntyre will be looking to regain his place in the team from Matthew Pearson, who replaced him at the weekend.

Skipper Peter Cavanagh remains a doubt with a calf injury that has kept him out of the last four matches.

Luke Watson (knee), Reece Gray (broken leg) and Matt Edwards (wrist) remain long-term absentees but manager John Coleman has no other injury or suspension worries as his side look to extend their unbeaten run to five matches and leapfrog their opponents in the table.

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson is not expected to make any changes.

The Bantams lost their 100 per cent home league record this season when going down to Port Vale 1-0 on Saturday, but Parkinson, who has no new injury or suspension problems, was delighted with his side's display and is likely to start with the same players.

Goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and central defender Luke Oliver both returned to the side against Vale in place of Matt Duke and Stephen Darby respectively and should continue

Ricky Ravenhill is pushing hard for his first league start of the season after recovering from a knee injury, but may have to bide his time on the bench.

Fellow midfielder Ritchie Jones is another player looking to return to first-team action following a long-term knee injury, but as yet lacks match fitness and requires a run-out for the reserves.

Parkinson's side lost their first game in five in the league at the weekend and could move into second place with victory if other results go their way.

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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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