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Rochdale Vs Northampton Town, Sat 17 Apr 2010

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Rochdale will have a full strength squad to choose from as they look to get their title bid back on track against play-off hopefuls Northampton.

A run of four games without a win has seen Dale lose what had been a commanding position at the top of League Two and they now lie a point behind new leaders Notts County going into the final weeks of the season.

Rochdale have also failed to score in April and will need to start taking their chances if they are to regain their place at the summit.

Manager Keith Hill called on his side to show more bravery after Tuesday's 1-0 home defeat by relegated Darlington, but it remains to be seen whether or not he will make any changes for the clash at Spotland.

Northampton will be without captain Craig Hinton and midfielder Luke Guttridge.

Hinton sits out with a one-match ban after he was sent off at Rotherham in midweek while Guttridge begins a three-match suspension after his late dismissal in the same defeat.

Kevin Thornton may take Guttridge`s place in midfield but there is no recognised centre-half to replace Hinton.

The Cobblers` play-off hopes have been damaged by back-to-back 1-0 defeats and they have not scored in the 236 minutes since Adebayo Akinfenwa picked up an ankle injury on Easter Monday.

Top scorer Akinfenwa is not fit enough to return so manager Ian Sampson will have to hope Steve Guinan and Billy McKay can find the net at Spotland.

Winger Andy Holt may return after 13 games out with a knee injury but striker Stephen O`Flynn remains out with a groin injury.

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Northampton Town
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Steve Guinan
Craig Hinton
League Two
Rochdale
Billy Mckay
Luke Guttridge
Notts County
Adebayo Akinfenwa
Kevin Thornton

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