Northampton Town Vs Accrington Stanley, Tue 9 Feb 2010

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Northampton manager Ian Sampson will delay naming his team to face Accrington at Sixfields as he waits on the fitness of a trio of players.

Defender Peter Gilbert, winger Andy Holt and top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa all picked up injuries in Saturday's fine 1-0 win at Dagenham & Redbridge and are doubts for the in-form Cobblers.

Sampson said: "We are hoping Peter Gilbert will definitely be fit but Andy Holt and Bayo are touch and go.

"Bayo is probably 50/50 and Andy maybe a little bit better than that. Bayo has got a calf injury and Andy stretched his knee a little bit on Saturday but knowing Andy I'm sure he will be desperate to play."

Winger Liam Davis could be on the bench after missing the last 14 games with a foot injury, but striker Steve Guinan remains sidelined as he recovers from a hernia operation.

The Cobblers are unbeaten in their last 10 games and another win over Stanley could lift them to within two points of the play-off places.

Skipper Andrew Procter will return for Accrington.

The midfielder sat out Saturday's 3-2 victory over local rivals Morecambe due to a one-match ban but he is back in contention to face the Cobblers.

Sean McConville could be the unfortunate man to step aside in order to accommodate Procter, but boss John Coleman is unlikely to make any other changes to a winning side.

On-loan striker Billy Kee will have to bide his time to secure a place in the starting line-up due to the impressive form of Bobby Grant and Michael Symes.

Grant scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season as Stanley twice came from behind to secure all three points against the Shrimps.

Defender Leam Richardson is still unavailable due to a groin injury. Stanley have won their last three League Two games and are just three points outside the play-offs with games in hand.

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Northampton Town
Sean McConville
Dagenham & Redbridge
Andrew Procter
Steve Guinan
League Two
Liam Davis
Peter Gilbert
Michael Symes
Accrington Stanley
Leam Richardson
Adebayo Akinfenwa

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