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Boundary Park (ATT 3,269) 19th March 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: O Langford

Oldham Oldham Athletic vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

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Last Updated: 21/03/13 11:54am

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Korey Smith: Set for Latics debut

Korey Smith: Set for Latics debut

Team news ahead of Tuesday's League One clash between Oldham Athletic and Hartlepool United at Boundary Park.

Korey Smith is set to make his Oldham debut as Lee Johnson starts his managerial career at Boundary Park against Pools.

Smith has joined the League One strugglers on a one-month loan deal from Norwich and is fit to feature against John Hughes' side.

Johnson inherits a Latics side placed 21st in the table after he was confirmed as Paul Dickov's permanent replacement.

His first task will be to halt a run of three consecutive league defeats which has left his team two points from safety.

The youngest manager in the Football League will be without Matt Smith (knee) and Cliff Byrne (ankle) who both remain absent.

Johnson has no other injury or suspension concerns with Kirk Millar, Cristian Montano and Robbie Simpson all hoping for a change in selection under the new regime.

For the visitors, Hughes could pick the same starting line-up for the midweek encounter.

The Hartlepool boss has no new injury or suspension problems and could opt for the same XI that started in the narrow weekend defeat at Coventry.

That could mean a place on the substitutes' bench again for striker Steve Howard, who has yet to start a game since late January after shaking off a hamstring strain.

Antony Sweeney made his first start since January at the Ricoh Arena after his recovery from a knee injury and lasted 70 minutes. He is expected to resume in midfield alongside Ritchie Humphreys, Simon Walton and Jonathan Franks.

Teenage striker Luke James is pushing for a recall, but James Poole is likely to continue his partnership with Middlesbrough loanee Charlie Wyke up front.

Teenage defenders Jordan Richards and Jack Baldwin are out for the rest of the season with respective knee injuries.

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1 Bristol City 44 93
2 Preston North End 43 83
3 Milton Keynes Dons 43 82
4 Swindon Town 42 76
5 Sheffield United 44 69
6 Chesterfield 44 68
7 Rochdale 43 60
8 Fleetwood Town 44 60
9 Gillingham 44 59
10 Barnsley 44 59
11 Peterborough United 44 59
12 Bradford City 43 58
13 Doncaster Rovers 43 58
14 Oldham Athletic 44 56
15 Walsall 43 55
16 Coventry City 44 52
17 Scunthorpe United 43 52
18 Port Vale 44 51
19 Crawley Town 44 50
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 49
21 Leyton Orient 43 47
22 Notts County 43 47
23 Colchester United 43 45
24 Yeovil Town 44 40