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Leitch-Smith: Pushing for a start

Leitch-Smith: Pushing for a start

Ajay Leitch-Smith is pushing for further involvement with the Railwaymen.

On Saturday, Leitch-Smith enjoyed his first action since being sidelined by an ankle injury against Portsmouth in October, coming on to bolster the Alex attack in a 2-1 win at Oldham.

Kelvin Mellor replaced defender Gregor Robertson in the Railwaymen's starting XI at Boundary Park and will hope to keep his place, while all eyes will be on whether boss Steve Davis opts for the 4-3-3 or 3-5-2 formation having utilised both successfully in recent weeks.

Steve Phillips is set to continue in goal after illness once again ruled Alan Martin out at the weekend.

Versatile midfielder Ollie Turton (thigh) is set to miss out once more as his team-mates chase a fourth win in five League One outings.

Carlisle are expected to be without injured skipper Paul Thirlwell again for the game at Crewe.

Thirlwell, who missed Saturday's win over Bury, has been dogged by injury this season and after a recent return from a calf problem was forced out of the Boxing Day win over Hartlepool after a recurrence of the same problem.

Chris Chantler shook off a knock to his ankle to last the full 90 minutes against Bury and is expected to continue, while fellow midfielder James Berrett (groin) is hoping to start again. He returned to the starting line-up against Bury after a four-game absence and lasted 67 minutes.

Veteran striker Danny Cadamarteri remains sidelined with a calf injury he sustained recently in training.

The Cumbrians secured back-to-back victories for the first time this season on Saturday and climbed eight points clear of the relegation zone.

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League One Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
12:15
Leyton Or v Wolves  
15:00
Crewe v Colchester  
MK Dons v Brentford  
Notts Co v Crawley  
Oldham v Coventry  
Peterboro v Carlisle  
Preston v Shrewsbury  
Rotherham v Port Vale  
Stevenage v Bristol C  
Swindon v Bradford  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 43 53 96
2 Brentford 43 30 90
3 Leyton Or 43 38 80
4 Rotherham 43 26 79
5 Preston 43 22 79
6 Peterboro 43 9 67
7 Swindon 43 6 63
8 Port Vale 43 -12 60
9 Sheff Utd 42 0 59
10 MK Dons 43 0 58
11 Walsall 43 2 57
12 Crawley 42 -4 55
13 Bradford 43 2 53
14 Bristol C 43 1 53
15 Gillingham 43 -17 51
16 Oldham 42 -10 50
17 Coventry 43 -2 49
18 Colchester 43 -12 46
19 Tranmere 43 -24 46
20 Crewe 43 -27 46
21 Carlisle 42 -26 44
22 Notts Co 43 -16 43
23 Shrewsbury 43 -16 41
24 Stevenage 43 -23 39

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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