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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

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S Walton (S/O 51)

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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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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Milton Keynes Dons 27 55
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Swindon Town 27 54
4 Preston North End 27 47
5 Chesterfield 27 39
6 Sheffield United 25 39
7 Rochdale 26 38
8 Bradford City 26 37
9 Fleetwood Town 27 37
10 Oldham Athletic 26 37
11 Peterborough United 27 37
12 Doncaster Rovers 26 36
13 Notts County 27 35
14 Port Vale 28 35
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Scunthorpe United 25 33
17 Barnsley 26 32
18 Gillingham 27 31
19 Coventry City 28 31
20 Crewe Alexandra 27 29
21 Colchester United 27 28
22 Crawley Town 28 27
23 Leyton Orient 27 26
24 Yeovil Town 28 25