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Another big win can boost Dale in fight for survival.

Colchester v Rochdale Lower-league legend John Coleman is working his magic at Rochdale and he can continue his own version of the great escape by masterminding a shock victory at Colchester this afternoon.

Seven points from Coleman's four games has at least given Dale a shot of survival and they are not playing like a team heading for relegation. They are also playing like a team who should be backed at 100-30 to beat Colchester.

Dale's two wins under Coleman have come at home, 3-0 against Bury and 1-0 over Bournemouth, while Tuesday's 1-1 draw at League One leaders Charlton shows just how far the club have come since the inspirational boss signed up for the Spotland survival scrap.

Coleman's ability to spot talent was one of the main reasons why Accy consistently punched above their weight and he has already been busy at Dale, bringing in Michael Symes and Kevin Long.

Both have worked with Coleman at Accrington and Long has helped to shore up the defence considerably. The centre-back, borrowed from Burnley, has lost only one of his last 13 games and eight of those were victories.

Colchester, as their league position of 12th would suggest, are an average team who tend to do their best work at home. However, the Essex club recently lost 2-1 to Chesterfield in front of their own supporters and drew 1-1 with struggling Scunthorpe.

United have failed to score in only one home game but they have conceded a whopping 26 goals at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, keeping only two clean sheets in those 15 outings.

Recommendation Rochdale 1pt 10-3 Boylesports, Ladbrokes Notts Co v Chesterfield Few teams are playing as well as Chesterfield right now and they have to be chanced at 100-30 to beat Notts County toady.

Boosted by a JPT final trip to Wembley on the horizon, Chesterfield have won five of their last seven in all competitions and go into this contest on the back of a 1-0 triumph over Sheffield Wednesday last time out.

Much was expected of John Sheridan's men at the start of the campaign but they never recovered from a shocking start to the season. Until now.

Sheridan, sensing relegation was looking certain, raided the loan market in January for the likes of Nicky Ajose, James Hunt and Liam Ridehalgh and the results speak for themselves.

Only a last-gasp Bury equaliser stopped the record reading six wins in seven and even the solitary defeat in this golden spell (at Carlisle) was unfortunate.

New County manager Keith Curle made a triumphant start with a 1-0 success over Stevenage on Wednesday following the surprise sacking of Martin Allen.

However, it could be argued that it was the perfect time to be facing Borough, who had run themselves into the ground just days earlier in the FA Cup draw with Premier League giants Tottenham.

Recommendation Chesterfield 1pt 10-3 Betfred, Boylesports Scunthorpe v Brentford They have the worst home record in the division and Scunthorpe could be made to suffer once more at Glanford Park.

The initial burst of enthusiasm following a raft of loan signings helped the club to back-to-back victories before normal service was resumed in a disappointing 1-0 loss to Walsall on Tuesday. It was Scunny's seventh home loss out of 16 and the 13th time this season that the Iron failed to claim maximum points as hosts.

That dismal record pinpoints Brentford as a punt on the draw no bet as the Bees look to continue their late-season rally for a playoff place. Some of their football was sublime in Monday's 4-0 battering of Carlisle and interestingly the west London outfit have won all four away games against the bottom six, which bodes well for the trip to 21st-placed Scunthorpe.

Saido Berahino bagged a brace in that televised romp over Carlisle and the on-loan West Brom forward looks an outstanding signing for Uwe Rosler.

Too often this season Brentford have played their pretty passing game without having the killer touch in the final third, but with Berahino now on board the Bees could be a team to follow until the end of the season.

Recommendation Brentford draw no bet 2pts Evs Hills


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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2012
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