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Rochdale Vs Carlisle United, Sat 23 Apr 2011

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Rochdale boss Keith Hill has a full-strength squad available for the home clash with Carlisle.

The only change that Hill made to his starting line-up for last weekend`s 1-0 home defeat to Brentford was to bring Will Atkinson back into the side at the expense of Joe Thompson.

That was a tactical switch and Hill has no injury or suspension concerns to contend with as his men seek to bounce back from last week`s reverse.

Rochdale lie two points outside of the play-off places with four matches remaining and Hill believes they can claim a top-six finish.

He said: "We're still in with a chance of finishing sixth, along with three other clubs - Bournemouth, Leyton Orient and Exeter City."

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott also has no fresh concerns.

On-loan Stoke winger Ben Marshall is sidelined with a season-ending ankle ligament injury but the Cumbrians have no other worries.

Abbott is likely to resist the temptation to make big changes in the closing stages of the season as his men seek to secure a top-10 finish.

Up to 1,000 United fans are expected to travel to Spotland and Abbott said: "If there are up to 1,000 fans going to Rochdale, that is phenomenal and shows they think there is still something to play for.

"They think the season is still alive and that backs up everything I have been saying so we have to go there and perform."

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