Dag & Red V Hartlepool at The L.B Barking & Dagenham Stadium : Match Preview

07 February 2014 12:01
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Burnett to stick with same squad

Dagenham boss Wayne Burnett may well keep faith with an unchanged side for a third successive match at home to Hartlepool.

Burnett named the same XI to face high-flying Rochdale last weekend as the one which claimed an impressive point against Southend and watched his charges come away from Spotland with a 1-0 victory.

And, with no new injury or suspension problems, he will be hard-pushed to make any changes to his starting line-up.

Midfielder Luke Howell remains unavailable due to his ankle injury and is expected to face a further few weeks on the sidelines.

Hartlepool defender Neil Austin faces a late fitness test.

Austin sustained a badly-bruised toe in last week's goalless draw with Scunthorpe and is a major doubt, but Jordan Richards returns to contention after completing a three-game ban and could fill the gap at right-back.

Sam Collins returned to the starting line-up last week following the sale of Jack Baldwin to Peterborough and looks set to continue at the heart of defence, but striker James Poole (hamstring) and defender Michael Duckworth (double hernia) are still out.

Striker Marlon Harewood and winger Jack Compton are pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.

Source: PA