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Rochdale v Fulham - Team News

last updated Tuesday 11th September 2001, 9:17 AM
Jean Tigana will pick from a squad of 20 that is expected to include a number of reserve team players after a number of minor knocks were picked up over the weekend in addition the already injured Goma, Harley and Marlet.

Zat Knight and Abdeslam Ouaddou could well start the game, as could Maik Taylor, yet to see first team action so far this season.

Fulham are likely to rest Louis Saha while fellow Frenchman Alain Goma will not feature because of a hip injury.

Portuguese striker Luis Boa Morte missed the first three Premiership games through suspension but is likely to keep his place up front after scoring against Charlton on Sunday.

Fulham (from):
Taylor, Brevett, Knight, Symons, Ouaddou, Trollope, Clark, Collins, Goldbaek, Hayles, Boa Morte, Davis, Stolchers, Lewis, Hahnemann, Betsy.

Rochdale manager Steve Parkin admits his side's Worthington Cup clash with Fulham will be a tough challenge.

The Third Division leaders have no new injuries to report after their 2-0 weekend win over Kidderminster and Parkin is likely to keep the same squad against the Premiership new boys.

Record signing Paul Connor, who sustained a hamstring injury against Exeter at the end of August, came on for the last 20 minutes on Saturday and may figure again for the Dale.

After beating Second Division Huddersfield 1-0 in the first round, Parkin's side will be fired up to take on Jean Tigana's Cottagers at Spotland.

Parkin said: "We're looking forward to it. If Fulham play their full team it'll be a difficult game for us.

"We will go and play as well as we can and we're looking forward to it."

Rochdale (from):
Gilkes, Evans, Griffiths, Bayliss, McAuley, Ford, Flitcroft, Oliver, Jones, Durkan, Doughty, Townson, Connor, Platt, Baker, Todd.
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