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Terry Gornell: Could return for Dale

Terry Gornell: Could return for Dale

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander has no new injury concerns.

Four games of the Cod Army's debut Football League campaign remain and victory over Keith Hill's lower mid-table dwellers would appear to be vital if they are to secure a play-off place.

Town lie three points behind Exeter in seventh having played a game more.

Andy Mangan is set to feature in the matchday squad once more having been named among the substitutes for Fleetwood's back-to-back draws against Gillingham and Southend.

Mangan recently returned from six months on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.

Defender Rob Atkinson, who re-established himself as a first-team fixture under Alexander's management having spent the early part of the season on loan at Accrington, remains out due to a groin problem.

Terry Gornell could push for a return to the Rochdale starting line-up.

Former Shrewsbury forward Gornell has been sidelined with a groin problem in recent weeks but looked on from the bench as his team-mates completed a dramatic late 2-1 victory at Exeter on Easter Monday.

Joe Thompson had a positive impact as a second-half substitute against the Grecians but his second spell at Spotland was cut short on Thursday when he was recalled by parent club Tranmere to help remedy the Merseysiders' growing injury crisis.

Joe Rafferty may replace Kevin McIntyre in defence.

McIntyre was culpable when Jamie Cureton but Exeter ahead on the stroke of half-time, persuading boss Keith Hill to give the 19-year-old his first action in almost two months.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
Burton Alb v Hartlepool Live
Portsmouth v Bristol R Live
Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale  
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld  
Exeter v Torquay  
Fleetwood v Wycombe  
Hartlepool v Morecambe  
Mansfield v Cheltenham  
Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Portsmouth  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
15 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
16 Accrington 43 -3 51
17 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 42 -9 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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