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Deepdale (ATT 8,132) 18th September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: T Bates

Preston Preston North End vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Preston 5

J Byrom (28)
S Beavon (29)
J King (65)
S Laird (84, 87)

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Last Updated: 17/09/12 4:04pm

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Austin: Back after suspension

Austin: Back after suspension

Team news for Tuesday night's League One clash between Preston and Hartlepool at Deepdale.

Graham Westley will assess his walking wounded before Preston look to return to winning ways.

Midfielder Keith Keane is likely to miss out again through injury alongside skipper John Mousinho (hamstring).

Fellow midfielder John Welsh suffered a gash to his shin during Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Crawley, a bruising encounter that Westley claims leaves five other members of his weekend starting XI doubtful.

"We took a lot of knocks," he told North End's official website. "Half a dozen of them were in for treatment on Sunday and they have all got doubts over their heads for Tuesday night.

"We have already seen freshness has been a bonus for us this season. That is what we have a squad for - when you get a few bruises on a Saturday you dig into your squad and you put a team together to go and do the job on Tuesday. That's why the squad is so essential if you want to go and win games."

Joel Byrom is pushing for a start in midfield having completed 45 minutes for the second game in succession, although Lee Holmes (gashed leg) and striker Lee Trundle (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Defender Neil Austin is expected to return to Hartlepool's squad following his suspension.

The full-back missed Saturday's 1-1 draw at Bournemouth due to his dismissal the previous week against Carlisle, but could return to the starting line-up.

Teenager Jack Baldwin stepped in for Austin, while Simon Walton made a goalscoring return to the side, and manager Neale Cooper must decide whether to retain a five-man midfield.

He has no new injury or suspension worries to contend with and Peter Hartley is once more expected to partner Sam Collins in central defence.

Striker James Poole is pushing for a recall to the side while defender Craig Lynch is pressing for his first start as Pools chase their first away win of the season.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40