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Crewe Alexandra Vs Rotherham United, Tue 16 Aug 2011

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Crewe boss Dario Gradi could again be without defender Matt Tootle when his side host Rotherham aiming to avoid a fourth straight defeat.

Tootle missed Saturday's 2-1 home loss at the hands of Gillingham with a groin strain and Carl Martin likely to take his place at left-back again.

AJ Leitch-Smith and Dan Shelley are back in contention for starting roles after impressive substitute appearances against the Gills.

Gradi knows his side must improve defensively if they are to halt their poor start to the campaign but admits he has little funds to bolster his squad.

He said: "We've lost all three games we have played but it will do us no good if they go around feeling sorry for themselves."

Rotherham will assess defender Michael Raynes.

The centre-half suffered a broken nose in Saturday's 4-1 win at Plymouth and could miss out, with Troy Brown waiting in the wings to replace him.

Manager Andy Scott may consider making tactical changes to his side, despite the ease of the victory at Home Park.

Striker Chris Holroyd could come back into the starting line-up if Scott decides to change shape while Ben Pringle will be hoping for a start in midfield.

Johnny Mullins, Paul Warne and Jamie Annerson (all knee) are continued absentees, though Marcus Marshall should have recovered from a knock sustained in last week's Carling Cup defeat to Leicester.

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