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Team news for Friday's League Two clash between Southend and Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall.

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Southend left-back Ben Coker is suspended as both out-of-form sides go in search of a vital victory.

Coker was given his marching orders having received a second yellow card in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Bury and now serves a one-match ban.

Boss Phil Brown has options to fill in on the left side of defence in the shape of Anthony Straker, Luke Prosser, John White and Adam Thompson.

Midfielder Marc Laird and defender Julian Bennett both remain long-term absentees for a Shrimpers side who have gone five matches without victory, while visitors Rovers are currently four without a win.

Rovers have received an double injury boost with the news that Seanan Clucas and Ryan Brunt will travel to Southend for their Friday night clash.

Brunt has been sidelined for two weeks with an ankle injury and manager John Ward would like to partner the former Stoke man with Matt Harrold.

Clucas made a goalscoring appearance in the midweek game with Cirencester as he ups his comeback after seven months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Matt Gill and Ollie Norburn all played their parts in the victory and they provide extra options for Ward as he looks to build on the late point against Hartlepool.

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League Two Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
AFC W'don v Plymouth
Accrington v Hartlepool
Cambridge Utd v Cheltenhm
Carlisle v Burton Alb
Exeter v Wycombe
Luton v Dag + Red
Morecambe v York City
Newport v Southend
Northamptn v Oxford Utd
Portsmth v Stevenage

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 13 11 28
2 Bury 13 12 26
3 Burton Alb 13 1 25
4 Luton 13 5 24
5 Plymouth 13 6 22
6 Morecambe 13 4 22
7 Shrewsbury 13 6 21
8 Southend 13 2 21
9 Newport 13 3 19
10 Cheltenhm 13 0 19
11 Cambridge Utd 13 8 18
12 Northamptn 13 3 18
13 AFC W'don 13 -1 18
14 Portsmth 13 -1 17
15 Stevenage 13 -3 17
16 Mansfield 13 -4 17
17 Exeter 13 -3 16
18 Accrington 13 -6 16
19 Dag + Red 13 -5 14
20 Oxford Utd 13 -5 13
21 Carlisle 13 -7 12
22 Hartlepool 13 -12 11
23 York City 13 -7 10
24 Tranmere 13 -7 9

Updated Tue, 21 Oct 2014

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