Burton Albion V Rochdale at Pirelli Stadium : Match Preview

23 December 2012 02:31
Burton Albion V Rochdale - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.

Bell back for Burton

Burton can welcome back midfielder Lee Bell to their squad for the Boxing Day fixture against Rochdale.

Bell missed the 3-2 defeat at Barnet on Friday night, serving a suspension after receiving five yellow cards, with Jack Dyer his replacement.

Manager Gary Rowett is likely to reinstate Bell after the Brewers continued their inconsistent form at Underhill.

Rowett's men remain only one point behind seventh-placed Exeter, but recent defeats to Barnet, Wycombe, and Aldershot will be a cause of concern.

The npower League Two side will be boosted by the news that striker Matt Paterson and club captain John McGrath are closing in on a return to action following injury.

Paterson had a run out for the reserves on his comeback from a groin strain, will McGrath made the bench against the Bees, following a foot injury.

Rochdale remain without Terry Gornell for the clash at the Pirelli Stadium.

On-loan Shrewsbury forward Gornell serves the final game of a three-match ban for his red card in the closing stages of the 3-2 defeat to Exeter earlier this month - a contest in which he netted both of Dale's goals.

Bobby Grant recovered from a shoulder injury to bolster the Dale attack in Gornell's absence and open the scoring in Friday night's resounding 4-1 home win over Cheltenham.

Ashley Grimes bagged a brace for the second consecutive match and veteran striker Dele Adebola completed the scoring as John Coleman's side ended a run of four straight defeats.

Midfielder Reece Gray is continuing his rehabilitation from a serious leg injury but will not feature until the new year.

Source: PA