Rochdale Vs Darlington, Tue 13 Apr 2010

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Rochdale have no injury or suspension problems ahead of Tuesday's match against struggling Darlington.

However, manager Keith Hill has threatened to wield the axe after his side slumped to a shocking 5-0 defeat at Torquay last weekend.

The league leaders have only managed a point from their last three fixtures and risk losing the top spot to in-form Notts County who still have a game in hand.

Hill introduced both Kallum Higginbotham and Craig Dawson before the second half at Plainmoor, and both may feature from the start as the manager makes changes.

Rochdale are currently enduring their worst run since the opening month of the season when they lost back to back games against Cheltenham and Rotherham.

Darlington will be without teenage striker Curtis Main.

Main, the Quakers' youngest-ever outfield player, damaged ankle ligaments in training on Friday and could be out for the rest of the season.

Darlington's relegation out of the Football League could be confirmed at Spotland and manager Simon Davey will use the remaining seven games to decide which players will be offered new deals in the summer in the Quakers' bid to bounce straight back.

French forward Mor Diop partnered Tadgh Purcell up front in Saturday's goalless draw, but was replaced by youngster Michael Smith and Davey must decide whether to hand the latter his first start.

Andrew Milne is pushing for a recall after making way for Stuart Giddings at left-back against Accrington, while Patrick Deane and Ross Chisholm have both left the club.

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Stuart Giddings
Michael Smith
Curtis Main
Cheltenham Town
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Craig Dawson
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