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The Crown Ground (ATT 1,196) 11th March 2014 - Kick off 19:45

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Peter Murphy: Banned for the clash

Peter Murphy: Banned for the clash

Team news for Tuesday's League Two clash between Accrington Stanley and Hartlepool United at Crown Ground.

Peter Murphy will miss out when Accrington host Hartlepool at the Store First Stadium.

The defender was sent off during Stanley's stunning 3-1 win over Chesterfield for two yellow cards and will serve a one-match suspension.

He joins full-back Nicky Hunt on the sidelines with the ex-Bolton defender completing his own two-match ban. Adam Buxton could continue after impressing on debut following his loan arrival from Wigan, although he complained of feeling stiffness in his calves due to a lack of match practice in the aftermath.

Boss James Beattie must also hope the illness bug which cost him defender Michael Liddle and strike duo Kal Naismith and Shay McCartan eases before the game. Midfielder Piero Mingoia dislocated his shoulder in training last week while striker Marcus Carver (shin) is recovering following surgery.

Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper should name his starting line-up at Accrington from an unchanged squad.

Cooper has no new injury or suspension worries as his side look to bounce back from Saturday's defeat at Wycombe, but defenders Neil Austin (foot) and Michael Duckworth (leg) remain sidelined.

The Pools boss could be tempted to make one or two changes, with midfielders Jonathan Franks, Antony Sweeney and Jack Compton, plus strikers James Poole and Nialle Rodney all pushing for recalls.

Pools, who remain five points adrift of a play-off place, have won only one of their last six league games on the road.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39