Rochdale v Accrington preview

Team news for Tuesday's League Two clash between Rochdale and Accrington at Spotland Stadium.

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Bobby Grant: Won't face old club

Bobby Grant: Won't face old club

Former Accrington forward Bobby Grant will miss out on the chance to face his old club as he serves the final game of a four-match ban.

Grant received his second red card of the season after scoring a fine equaliser during the 1-1 draw with Chesterfield earlier this month.

Peter Cavanagh, another ex-Stanley man, is a major doubt for boss Keith Hill having only returned to training on Monday from a troublesome calf complaint.

Dale midfielder Brian Barry-Murphy is relishing the prospect of a fiery derby atmosphere at Spotland.

"A lot of players say derby games are just another match but I always find they're quite a bit more exciting to play in and generally the atmosphere is better," he told his club's official website.

"There was a really good attendance at our last home game and everyone was delighted with that. I thought the atmosphere at the Torquay game was fantastic and hopefully that will be replicated on Tuesday night, and we can put on a performance to send them away happy again."

Accrington have midfielder Charlie Barnett available after the midfielder completed a three-game ban.

Barnett will be the only addition to boss Leam Richardson's squad, which remains without goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin (shoulder) and utility man Craig Lindfield (ankle).

Former Blackburn midfielder Amine Linganzi made his Stanley debut from the bench during Saturday's entertaining 2-2 draw with high-flying Cheltenham and is expected to be involved once more.

The Reds remain in the League Two relegation zone thanks to AFC Wimbledon's weekend win over Barnet.

Richardson is relishing the chance to pick up vital points in a derby encounter against a Rochdale side boasting a few familiar faces following John Coleman's time in charge at Spotland.

"It's an attractive game," Richardson said. "Local derbies are always attractive for the teams, the fans and the neutrals."

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Morecambe  
Bury v Portsmouth  
Dag + Red v Northamptn  
Exeter v Scunthorpe  
Fleetwood v Southend  
Mansfield v Torquay  
Oxford Utd v Accrington  
Plymouth v Hartlepool  
Rochdale v Cheltenham  
Wycombe v Bristol R  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 44 26 80
2 Chesterfld 44 28 78
3 Rochdale 44 20 78
4 Fleetwood 44 15 75
5 Burton Alb 44 8 72
6 Southend 44 16 68
7 York City 44 10 67
8 Oxford Utd 44 6 62
9 Plymouth 44 -7 58
10 Bury 44 8 57
11 Dag + Red 44 -4 57
12 Mansfield 44 -8 57
13 Portsmouth 44 -10 57
14 AFC W'don 44 -4 56
15 Newport 44 -3 55
16 Cheltenham 44 -7 55
17 Hartlepool 44 -4 52
18 Accrington 44 -4 51
19 Morecambe 44 -15 50
20 Exeter 44 -7 49
21 Wycombe 44 -10 47
22 Bristol R 44 -11 47
23 Northamptn 44 -20 47
24 Torquay 44 -23 42

Updated Thu, 24 Apr 2014

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