Crewe Alexandra Vs Torquay United, Sat 9 Oct 2010

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Crewe chief Dario Gradi has decisions to make about his strikers ahead of the visit of Torquay.

Shaun Miller and AJ Leitch-Smith, making his first start of the season, came in for Joel Grant and Clayton Donaldson against Chesterfield last weekend and ran the Spireites ragged inside the opening half-an-hour at the b2net Stadium as Alex raced into a 4-1 lead.

However, Grant and Donaldson were recalled for the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy victory at Macclesfield on Tuesday night.

"I think we caught Chesterfield a bit cold with the movement of our two strikers," said Gradi. "Shaun (Miller) is always there or thereabouts and I'd be surprised if he didn't finish as our top goal scorer, while AJ (Leitch-Smith) will score goals too. He didn't manage one on Saturday but he did very well for Shaun's goal.

"Clayton (Donaldson) also came off the bench to get a goal and Joel Grant scored in midweek, so I have options. But none of our strikers have done well enough to guarantee a place in the starting XI."

Mat-Mitchel-King could be in line for a recall should Gradi opt to change a defence that has conceded nine goals in the last four matches in all competitions.

Torquay may be boosted by the fresh face of QPR midfielder Joe Oastler.

The 20-year-old has been allowed to train with the Gulls by Hoops boss Neil Warnock and a one-month loan deal could well be struck ahead of the clash at Gresty Road.

Oastler`s potential arrival would bring much-needed cover for boss Paul Buckle who was told last week by the club`s board that he will be working under a restricted playing budget for the time being at least.

Midfielder Damon Lathrope continues to miss out due to the ankle injury he sustained against Aldershot at the end of September.

Buckle rested first-team regulars Scott Bevan, Guy Branston, Kevin Nicholson, Chris Zebroski and Danny Stevens for Tuesday`s Johnstone`s Paint Trophy defeat at Swindon but all five are expected to come back in as Torquay look to end an eight-game winless run.

The Devon outfit have scored just three times during that barren spell and striker Billy Kee did his chances of a start no harm at all with an impressive display at Swindon in midweek.

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Guy Branston
Joel Grant
Chris Zebroski
Shaun Miller
Clayton Donaldson
Scott Bevan
Danny Stevens
Kevin Nicholson
Joe Oastler
Damon Lathrope
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