Brighton boss Gus Poyet admits David Lopez has become one of the
first names on his teamsheet.
Spanish midfielder Lopez grabbed his fifth goal in 12 games as
the Seagulls moved into the play-off places with a 1-0 win over
Burnley on Saturday.
“He is a different player and I always try to play him,” said
Poyet. “He’s calm, he hits the ball very well and he gives us a lot
“His technical ability is at a very high standard. Because of
his technical ability he scores some very important goals and he
showed that again. He and Wayne Bridge were two of our best
players. That’s why David is playing.”
Former Accrington forward Bobby Grant will miss out on the
chance to face his old club as he serves the final game of a
Grant received his second red card of the season after scoring a
fine equaliser during the 1-1 draw with Chesterfield earlier this
Peter Cavanagh, another ex-Stanley man, is a major doubt for
boss Keith Hill having only returned to training on Monday from a
troublesome calf complaint.
Dale midfielder Brian Barry-Murphy is relishing the prospect of
a fiery derby atmosphere at Spotland.
“A lot of players say derby games are just another match but I
always find they’re quite a bit more exciting to play in and
generally the atmosphere is better,” he told his club’s official
“There was a really good attendance at our last home game and
everyone was delighted with that. I thought the atmosphere at the
Torquay game was fantastic and hopefully that will be replicated on
Tuesday night, and we can put on a performance to send them away
Accrington have midfielder Charlie Barnett available after the
midfielder completed a three-game ban.
Barnett will be the only addition to boss Leam Richardson’s
squad, which remains without goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin (shoulder) and
utility man Craig Lindfield (ankle).
Former Blackburn midfielder Amine Linganzi made his Stanley
debut from the bench during Saturday’s entertaining 2-2 draw with
high-flying Cheltenham and is expected to be involved once
The Reds remain in the League Two relegation zone thanks to AFC
Wimbledon’s weekend win over Barnet.
Richardson is relishing the chance to pick up vital points in a
derby encounter against a Rochdale side boasting a few familiar
faces following John Coleman’s time in charge at Spotland.
“It’s an attractive game,” Richardson said. “Local derbies are
always attractive for the teams, the fans and the neutrals.”