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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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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 38 83
2 Preston North End 37 73
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 38 61
6 Peterborough United 38 56
7 Barnsley 38 55
8 Rochdale 37 53
9 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
10 Fleetwood Town 38 52
11 Oldham Athletic 38 52
12 Chesterfield 37 51
13 Bradford City 36 51
14 Gillingham 38 48
15 Port Vale 38 48
16 Walsall 37 46
17 Coventry City 38 43
18 Scunthorpe United 37 43
19 Crawley Town 38 43
20 Notts County 37 42
21 Crewe Alexandra 38 42
22 Leyton Orient 37 39
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 38 33