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Hartlepool V Burton Albion at Victoria Park : Match Preview

20 Dec 2013 13:02:00

Hartlepool V Burton Albion at Victoria Park : Match Preview

Hartlepool V Burton Albion - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.


Pools unchanged

Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper will choose from an unchanged squad for his side's first-ever league meeting with Burton.


Cooper has no new injury or suspension problems following the midweek FA Cup replay defeat at Coventry and is not expected to make too many changes.


Winger Jonathan Franks has started Pools' last two games through the middle, though, and Cooper could be tempted to recall James Poole or leading scorer Luke James.


Full-back Jordan Richards (double hernia) remains sidelined as he recovers from surgery and fellow defender Dan Jones is still out due to an ankle injury.


Adam McGurk is expected to come back into the reckoning for Burton.


McGurk has missed the last two matches with concussion after the eight-goal forward was knocked unconscious at Fleetwood, but he could go straight back into manager Gary Rowett's starting line-up.


Midfielders Lee Bell (hamstring) and Alex MacDonald (virus) should battle on and keep their places in the side at Victoria Park.


The likes of Zander Diamond, Jimmy Phillips, Dominic Knowles, Marcus Holness, Matty Palmer and Michael Symes are all vying for recalls.



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