Portsmouth V Hartlepool at Fratton Park : Match Preview

15 December 2016 03:34
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Portsmouth to stick with winning line-up for Hartlepool clash

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook may stick with an unchanged side for the third successive game as they prepare to host Hartlepool at Fratton Park.

Tom Davies was brought onto the bench for Pompey's win at Grimsby and is pushing for a start.

Fellow defender Jack Whatmough continues his recovery from a hamstring problem but is targeting a return early in the new year.

Striker Curtis Main (abdominal strain) remains a long-term absentee.

Hartlepool boss Craig Hignett could be tempted to make changes for the trip following last week's capitulation at home to Cambridge.

After a goalless first half, Pools conceded five after the break - three goals coming in eight minutes - to fall to a heavy defeat.

Hignett, who will be assisted by Sam Collins following Curtis Fleming's departure for QPR this week, has no fresh injury concerns.

Rob Jones, Carl Magnay (both knee) and Nathan Thomas (groin) remain long-term absentees, while Liam Donnelly continues to struggle with a knee problem.

Source: PAR