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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,909) 22nd September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Boyeson

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury

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Last Updated: 21/09/12 1:31pm

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Howard: Doubtful for Pool

Howard: Doubtful for Pool

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Hartlepool and Shrewsbury at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool striker Steve Howard is doubtful for the game.

Howard required half a dozen stitches in a cut shin during the interval in the midweek surrender at Preston and may undergo a late fitness test.

James Poole and teenager Luke James were both unused substitutes in Tuesday's 5-0 defeat that manager Neale Cooper described as embarrassing and both strikers are pushing for a recall to the starting line-up.

Cooper is expected to make several other changes and summer signing Craig Lynch is another who could be handed his chance after making his third appearance off the bench at Preston.

Teenager Jack Baldwin and fellow defender Darren Holden, both unused substitutes in midweek, are also in contention as Pools chase their first win in four league matches.

Graham Turner is expected to keep faith with his new-look Shrewsbury side.

Turner called the changes in midweek in response to last Saturday's deflating 1-0 home defeat to Scunthorpe and duly reaped the rewards as Shrews convincingly brushed aside Coventry 4-1 to record only their second win of the campaign.

Left-back Joe Jacobson and midfielder Aaron Wildig came in for their first league starts of campaign while there were recalls for centre-back Michael Hector and striker Terry Gornell.

All four can expect to keep their places at Victoria Park as Shrewsbury now go in search of their first away win of the season.

Otherwise, Turner is set to have a fully fit squad to select from.

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1 Bristol City 13 31
2 Peterborough United 13 26
3 Swindon Town 11 22
4 Preston North End 11 22
5 Milton Keynes Dons 11 20
6 Notts County 12 20
7 Sheffield United 12 20
8 Chesterfield 12 19
9 Fleetwood Town 13 19
10 Oldham Athletic 13 19
11 Bradford City 13 18
12 Rochdale 12 17
13 Barnsley 12 15
14 Doncaster Rovers 11 14
15 Crawley Town 13 14
16 Colchester United 13 13
17 Coventry City 13 13
18 Gillingham 13 13
19 Yeovil Town 13 13
20 Leyton Orient 12 12
21 Walsall 13 12
22 Port Vale 13 12
23 Scunthorpe United 13 11
24 Crewe Alexandra 13 10