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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 4,027) 2nd October 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Heywood

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Gallagher: Major doubt for Blades

Gallagher: Major doubt for Blades

Team news ahead of Tuesday night's League One clash between Hartlepool and Sheffield United at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool manager Neale Cooper will shake-up his side for the game with Sheffield United after another disappointing weekend defeat.

Cooper, who has no new injury or suspension worries, threatened to wield the axe after more defensive lapses cost his side at Colchester on Saturday, but is restricted as to how many changes he can make due to limited resources at Victoria Park.

The Pools boss has said he will leave out one of his two experienced central defenders, skipper Sam Collins or Peter Hartley, in favour of teenager Jack Baldwin.

Baldwin was outstanding after stepping in at right-back at Colchester in place of Neil Austin, who was pushed up into midfield, and will start in central defence against the Blades. Austin will revert back to his more customary position.

Cooper is hoping midfielder Simon Walton can shake off an ankle injury in time to return to contention as Pools chase their first league win in six matches.

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson is hoping midfielder Paul Gallagher can shake off a hamstring strain in time to face Hartlepool.

Gallagher, a recent loan signing from Leicester, was forced off late on in the weekend draw with Notts County and replaced by John Cofie.

Wilson, who has no other new injury or suspension worries to contend with ahead of his return to former club Pools, could recall Richard Cresswell if Gallagher fails to make it.

Skipper Michael Doyle and winger Ryan Flynn both returned to the starting line-up on Saturday after serving respective three-game bans and are likely to continue, while Chris Porter, fellow forward Shaun Miller, defender Marcus Williams and midfielder David McAllister are all hoping for recalls.

The Blades remain unbeaten in the league this season, but have drawn six of their first nine games and lie in eighth place.

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2 Milton Keynes Dons 32 62
3 Swindon Town 32 60
4 Preston North End 31 59
5 Sheffield United 31 52
6 Bradford City 31 45
7 Doncaster Rovers 32 45
8 Fleetwood Town 32 44
9 Oldham Athletic 31 43
10 Chesterfield 32 42
11 Gillingham 32 42
12 Port Vale 32 42
13 Rochdale 30 41
14 Walsall 32 41
15 Peterborough United 32 41
16 Barnsley 32 41
17 Scunthorpe United 31 40
18 Notts County 31 38
19 Crewe Alexandra 32 38
20 Colchester United 32 34
21 Coventry City 31 33
22 Crawley Town 32 33
23 Leyton Orient 31 32
24 Yeovil Town 32 29