Football - Dale turn to home comforts

Rochdale have no new injury worries as they look to record three consecutive wins for the first time this season against Southend.

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Dale are unbeaten in four matches and face the Johnstone's Paint trophy finalists following back-to-back away victories over play-off hopefuls Exeter and Fleetwood.

Joe Rafferty is expected to retain his place in defence having replaced Kevin McIntyre at half-time before a 1-0 deficit was turned around against Exeter.

Ex-Shrewsbury forward Terry Gornell is back from a groin injury, but will probably have to settle for a place alongside McIntyre among the substitutes after George Donnelly scored his fifth goal in seven matches at Fleetwood.

Midfielder Ritchie Jones remains a major doubt having been sidelined for the past month with an ankle problem, while Andrew Tutte, Rhys Bennett (both knee) and Reece Gray (broken leg) are both long-term absentees.

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