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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,078) 20th November 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: C Pawson

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Oldham Athletic Oldham

Hartlepool 1

A Sweeney (65)
N Austin (S/O 76)

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Oldham 2

J Baxter (17, 90+2)

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Last Updated: 19/11/12 5:17pm

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Dean Furman: Back from ban

Dean Furman: Back from ban

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

Hartlepool's new manager John Hughes will be boosted by the return of Steve Howard and Evan Horwood for his second game in charge.

Striker Howard missed Hughes' baptism of fire on Saturday - Pools lost 5-0 at home to Coventry - through suspension, but is expected to return, while defender Horwood missed out at the weekend through illness.

Number two goalkeeper Adam McHugh is also hoping to return to the squad after missing the Coventry game with an ankle problem.

Winger Andy Monkhouse stepped off the bench at the weekend to make his first appearance in six weeks following an ankle injury, but is expected to start on the bench again, while teenage striker Luke James remains sidelined following a double hernia operation.

Hartlepool are chasing their first win since September 1, 17 games ago.

Oldham can welcome back captain Dean Furman and vice-captain James Wesolowski to their side.

The central midfield duo both missed Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Bournemouth through suspension, after picking up five bookings, but are ready to make an immediate return to manager Paul Dickov's starting line-up.

Robbie Simpson and Youssuf M'Changama came in to replace the unavailable pair, but are not likely to keep their places after being substituted in a dismal second-half performance for the Latics.

Left-back Jonathan Grounds will not feature at Victoria Park after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against the Cherries.

Connor Brown and Reece Wabara will battle to replace Grounds, with David Mellor a third option after returning from a loan spell at Chorley.

Dickov's men have slipped into the bottom four after three defeats on the bounce and will be looking for a vital win against John Hughes' Pools.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 15 30
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Peterborough United 18 27
8 Oldham Athletic 18 27
9 Rochdale 17 26
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15