March 2, 2013
Wright returns for Shrimps
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.2||1.5|
|Goals against *||1.2||1.9|
|Last 5 home||L-W-L-D-D||W-D-W-D-D|
|Last 5 away||W-L-D-L-L||L-W-W-L-D|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Morecambe | Rochdale|
Morecambe welcome back Andy Wright as they prepare to take on Rochdale for the fourth time this season.
Midfielder Wright missed last weekend's 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers and the 3-2 midweek loss to Burton as he served a two-match suspension.
Andy Parrish remains sidelined with a thigh strain, meaning Robbie Threlfall is expected to continue at full-back.
The Shrimps have got the better of Dale so far this term, beating them 2-1 at Spotland in October before dumping them out of the FA Cup following a first-round replay.
Top scorer Jack Redshaw came off the bench to net a late penalty as Jim Bentley's side launched a late fightback at the Globe Arena and is pushing for a return to the starting line-up.
Rochdale boss Keith Hill has increased options in attack as his side look for a return to winning ways.
Hill criticised Dale's wastefulness in front of goal before Accrington ran away with Tuesday's local derby 3-0 courtesy of strikes in the final quarter of an hour.
Ex-Stanley forward Bobby Grant is available once more after completing a four-match suspension, while former Colchester attacker Ian Henderson is poised to make his debut having agreed a short-term deal at Spotland earlier this week.
Captain Peter Cavanagh remains doubtful with a calf injury and Reece Gray (broken leg) is a long-term absentee.
Hill has won just once in six matches since returning to Rochdale last month and they lie 16th in the npower League Two table - six points above the bottom two.