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Fratton Park (ATT 10,981) 26th January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Sheldrake

Portsmth Portsmouth vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

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J Wallace (67)

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J Baldwin (18)
J Poole (52)
G Rutherford (90+4)

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Last Updated: 25/01/13 3:10pm

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Ricardo Rocha: Fit again for Pomepy

Ricardo Rocha: Fit again for Pomepy

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Portsmouth and Hartlepool at Fratton Park.

Portsmouth will have a new-look team.

Since their last outing, a 2-0 defeat at Walsall on January 4, Brian Howard, Mustapha Dumbuya, Jon Harley, Lubomir Michalik, Lee Williamson, Luke Rodgers and loanees Paul Benson and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing have all left the club.

Caretaker boss Guy Whittingham has brought in replacements in the shape of defenders Sam Sodje, Shaun Cooper and Yassin Moutaouakil, midfielders Frankie Sutherland and Adam Reed and striker James Keene.

Whittingham has also recalled teenage left-back Dan Butler from a loan spell at Havant & Waterlooville, and he could be added to the squad.

Defenders Ricardo Rocha and Gabor Gyepes missed the Walsall trip with hamstring injuries but are now fit.

Hartlepool trio Steve Howard, Antony Sweeney and Jordan Richards are all doubtful.

Striker Howard was forced out of the midweek defeat to Bournemouth with a hamstring strain, midfielder Sweeney sustained a knee injury after just five minutes in the same match and right-back Richards missed out on Tuesday night due to a knee problem.

Neil Austin will continue in place of Richards if the teenager fails to make it.

James Poole and teenager Luke James will be vying for a place in the starting line-up if Howard fails a fitness test, while defender Jack Baldwin and winger Andy Monkhouse are also pushing for recalls.

Poole and Charlie Wyke, on loan from Middlesbrough, both sustained knocks against Bournemouth, but are expected to be in contention as John Hughes' side chase their third league win of the season.

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1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
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