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Crawley Crawley Town vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

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J Proctor (70, 89)

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A Monkhouse (75, 79)

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Last Updated: 26/04/13 11:28am

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Connor Essam: Should be available for Red Devils

Connor Essam: Should be available for Red Devils

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Crawley Town and Hartlepool at the Broadfield Stadium.

Connor Essam could return to the Crawley squad.

The defender has missed Town's last two matches with the thigh strain he suffered against Coventry, but he is back in training and should be available.

Boss Richie Barker has no new injury concerns as he looks to end the season with back-to-back wins following Tuesday's victory over Preston.

Skipper Josh Simpson came through the full 90 minutes on what was only his second start in two months following an ankle injury so he is set to continue in midfield.

Kyle McFadzean remains the only definite absentee, with the defender now looking towards getting a full pre-season under his belt after his campaign was wrecked by a virus.

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

Hughes, who has no new injury or suspension worries, is unlikely to tinker with the side that extended their unbeaten run to three matches last week with a draw against Brentford.

That will mean a place among the substitutes again for experienced pair Antony Sweeney and Evan Horwood, while midfielder Nathan Luscombe is also pushing for a recall.

Striker James Poole is expected to miss out again as he is struggling with a leg injury, and teenage defender Jordan Richards (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Pools were relegated following Oldham's recent win over Yeovil, but have taken seven points from the last nine available, with successive wins over Bury and Tranmere before taking a point from Brentford last week.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16