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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,829) 1st January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Haines

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Poole: Pushing for a start

Poole: Pushing for a start

Team news ahead of the New Year's Day clash between Hartlepool and Preston at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool manager John Hughes is expected to keep any changes to his side at a minimum.

Pools secured their first win in 23 matches at Sheffield United on Saturday - and their first in seven attempts under current boss Hughes, who has no new major injury worries.

Midfielder Simon Walton (hamstring), plus defenders Peter Hartley (conjunctivitis) and Evan Horwood (groin) all returned for the 3-0 defeat at Carlisle on Boxing Day and retained their places in the victory at Bramall Lane.

Striker James Poole is pushing for a recall after impressing as a second-half substitute on Saturday and teenager Luke James is also in contention after a recent bout of tonsilitis, while defenders Jack Baldwin and Neil Austin, plus winger Andy Monkhouse are all hoping to feature.

Graham Westley is hoping Jack King can recover from a bout of illness in time for Preston's trip to Hartlepool.

King was ruled out of Saturday's 3-0 home defeat to Doncaster, North End's heaviest defeat of the season, which extends their winless run to eight League One games since beating Westley's former club Stevenage in November.

The versatile 27-year-old joined defenders Keith Keane (knee) and Scott Laird (broken leg) and midfielders Lee Holmes (groin) and Nicky Wroe (knee) on the sidelines.

"We have those two (Keane and Laird), Nicky Wroe, Lee Holmes and Jack King went down overnight," Lilywhites boss Westley told his club's official website after the Rovers reverse.

"With those five lads missing we were dependant on two or three young players."

Stuart Beavon is expected to continue in attack after shaking off a hip problem to start at the weekend.

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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