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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,662) 2nd February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Rushton

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Notts County Notts Co

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J Poole (5)
P Hartley (70)

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J Campbell-Ryce (52)

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Last Updated: 01/02/13 12:10pm

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Steve Howard: Still doubtful for Pools

Steve Howard: Still doubtful for Pools

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

Hartlepool manager John Hughes is expected to name an unchanged starting line-up.

Hughes, who has no new injury or suspension problems, is unlikely to tinker with a winning formula after Pools secured their third league win of the season last week at Portsmouth.

Striker Steve Howard is still struggling with a hamstring strain, so James Poole looks set to continue up front alongside Middlesbrough loanee Charlie Wyke, although teenager Luke James staked his claim for a return to the side with an impressive display off the substitutes' bench at Portsmouth.

Teenage defender Jordan Richards will not be ready in time to be included due to the knee injury that has kept him out of the last two matches, while midfielder Antony Sweeney remains sidelined with a similar problem.

Pools will be chasing their first home success since September and their first back-to-back wins of the season.

Notts County will be without suspended captain Neal Bishop.

Bishop was shown a straight red card for slapping Portsmouth's Johnny Ertl across the face during the Magpies' 2-0 win at Fratton Park on Tuesday night and the midfielder will begin a three-match ban.

Manager Keith Curle said: "The ref said he raised his hands and if you do that you are always going to be in trouble.

"It doesn't matter whether it's a playful pat on the face or a haymaker of a right hand that knocks somebody spark out, you still get sent off. Bish knows he's in the wrong."

Teenager Fabian Spiess will remain in goal with Bartosz Bialkowski still suffering with the head injury that forced him off against Leyton Orient six days ago.

Curle's side are chasing back-to-back league victories for the first time since mid-October.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 96
2 Brentford 43 90
3 Leyton Orient 43 80
4 Rotherham United 43 79
5 Preston North End 43 79
6 Peterborough United 43 67
7 Swindon Town 43 63
8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Sheffield United 42 59
10 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
11 Walsall 43 57
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bradford City 43 53
14 Bristol City 43 53
15 Gillingham 43 51
16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
21 Carlisle United 42 44
22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 43 39