Crewe v Hartlepool preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Crewe Alexandra and Hartlepool at the Alexandra Stadium.

Last Updated: 05/10/12 at 12:42   

Moore: Concern for Alex

Moore: Concern for Alex

Crewe will assess the fitness of Abdul Osman and Byron Moore.

Midfielder Osman missed Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat to Oldham with an ankle injury, while winger Moore is trying to shake off a similar complaint sustained against MK Dons.

Chuks Aneke is set to feature after the Railwaymen reached an agreement with Arsenal to extend the attacking midfielder's loan spell.

Veteran goalkeeper Steve Phillips has resumed light training following knee surgery but is not ready to challenge Alan Martin for a place between the posts.

Teenager Ryan Colclough remains sidelined with a fractured jaw alongside forward Michael West (Achillies).

Alex began the season with a 5-0 win over Pools at Gresty Road in August and boss Steve Davis would dearly like to see a return to that form and end a six-match winless run.

Hartlepool midfielder Simon Walton is expected to return to contention following injury.

The former Leeds, Charlton and Plymouth player has missed the last three games due to an ankle problem, but came through the full 90 minutes in a reserve-team run-out in midweek and is hoping to return to the side.

Manager Neale Cooper dropped skipper Sam Collins for the midweek home defeat to Sheffield United and must decide whether to recall him or keep him on the bench and retain teenager Jack Baldwin alongside Peter Hartley at the heart of defence.

Cooper, heartened by a much-improved display on Tuesday night, has no new injury or suspension problems after striker Steve Howard, plus midfield pair Jonathan Franks and Paul Murray reported they had shaken off knocks sustained in midweek.

Pools are chasing their first league win in seven matches having secured only two points from their previous six.

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League One Fixtures

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Bradford v Crawley  
Bristol C v Crewe  
Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
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Leyton Or v Tranmere  
Notts Co v Swindon  
Preston v Gillingham  
Rotherham v MK Dons  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 44 55 99
2 Brentford 44 30 91
3 Rotherham 44 27 82
4 Preston 44 25 82
5 Leyton Or 44 36 80
6 Peterboro 44 12 70
7 Swindon 44 7 66
8 Sheff Utd 43 0 60
9 Port Vale 44 -13 60
10 MK Dons 44 0 59
11 Walsall 44 2 58
12 Bristol C 44 3 56
13 Crawley 43 -5 55
14 Bradford 44 1 53
15 Gillingham 44 -17 52
16 Oldham 43 -10 51
17 Coventry 44 -2 50
18 Colchester 44 -12 47
19 Tranmere 44 -24 47
20 Crewe 44 -27 47
21 Notts Co 44 -15 46
22 Carlisle 43 -29 44
23 Shrewsbury 44 -19 41
24 Stevenage 44 -25 39

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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