Stockport County Vs Gillingham, Sat 13 Mar 2010


Stockport boss Gary Ablett will again be without midfielder David Poole for the home clash with Gillingham.

Poole was sent off for the second time this season in the recent 1-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers and now serves the second instalment of a two-match ban.

Ablett will check on the fitness of striker Jemal Johnson after he was substituted against the Pirates with a hamstring injury.

Johnson was replaced after just 39 minutes and subsequently missed last weekend's defeat at Charlton.

Johnny Mullins is hoping to be passed fit after an ankle injury as County bid to breathe new life into their survival bid.

Ablett's men currently lie 10 points adrift of safety but the clash with Gillingham begins a run of three home games in the space of seven days.

Opposite number Mark Stimson has the luxury of being able to name an unchanged side at Edgeley Park.

A physical encounter in last week's 2-0 win over promotion-chasing Huddersfield saw the Gills come through unscathed in a match containing seven yellow cards and one red.

Chris Dickson made a return to the squad following a calf injury but remained on the bench as Stimson chose not to gamble on the striker's fitness.

The 25-year-old could be in contention for a start if Stimson opts to shuffle his pack after a full week of training under his belt.

Utility-man Mark Bentley will also press for selection following his return, meanwhile Danny Jackman could continue after the defender started the Huddersfield game despite suffering illness the night before.

Defenders Simon King (ankle ligaments) and Barry Fuller (broken arm) are Stimson's only absentees.

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