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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,269) 29th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Simpson

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Milton Keynes Dons MK Dons

Hartlepool 0

S Walton (S/O 51)

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MK Dons 2

P Bamford (7)
D Bowditch (62)

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Last Updated: 28/03/13 2:49pm

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James Poole: Set for fitness test

James Poole: Set for fitness test

Team news for Friday's League One clash between Hartlepool and MK Dons at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool strikers James Poole and Charlie Wyke both face late fitness tests.

Poole sustained a knock to his leg in the recent defeat at Oldham and missed last Saturday's home draw with Walsall, while Middlesbrough loanee Wyke has been struggling with a heel problem that has restricted him to bench duty in the last two matches.

Manager John Hughes was given a boost this week as Jack Baldwin completed 45 minutes for the reserves.

The teenage defender had been expected to miss the rest of the season after damaging medial knee ligaments earlier this month.

Another teenager, striker Luke James, staked his claim for a recall this week with a hat-trick for the reserves.

Bottom club Pools are chasing their first win in seven as they bid to keep their survival hopes alive.

Dean Bowditch and Daniel Powell will be fit for MK Dons' trip.

Striker Bowditch (groin) was a doubt ahead of last Saturday's game against Colchester while winger Powell (hamstring) would have missed the trip to Essex, which was postponed due to snow.

Luke Chadwick has also resumed training following a hip flexor problem and the winger could come back into the squad.

Goalkeeper David Martin (back) and captain Dean Lewington (knee) look set to remain on the sidelines, though.

Izale McLeod could join them. He is a new concern after sustaining an injury in training this week and the striker will be assessed ahead of the game.

One player who will definitely miss out is Antony Kay. The centre-half will begin a three-match suspension following his red card in the defeat at Crewe on March 19.

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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 42 67
7 Swindon Town 43 63
8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
10 Walsall 43 57
11 Sheffield United 41 56
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bristol City 43 53
14 Gillingham 43 51
15 Bradford City 42 50
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 42 39