Brentford v Hartlepool preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Brentford and Hartlepool at Griffin Park.

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Murray: Back in contention

Murray: Back in contention

Brentford have no new injury problems as they look to maintain their recent fine form against the basement boys.

Boss Uwe Rosler saw his side come from behind to beat Coventry City 2-1 on Tuesday night, taking their record to just one defeat in their last eight matches.

Harry Forrester netted both goals against the Sky Blues, including a stoppage-time penalty, and the attacking midfielder will be one of the first names on Rosler's teamsheet to tackle Pools.

On-loan striker Jimmy Spencer is pressing for a start after making his debut as a second-half substitute in midweek, but loan youngster Ryan Fredericks has been recalled by Tottenham.

Forward Farid El Alagui (knee) remains the only long-term injury problem at the club. The forward is sidelined for a lengthy period after suffering a serious knee injury in a collision with Crawley goalkeeper Paul Jones during their league meeting.

Hartlepool caretaker-manager Micky Barron will be boosted by the return of Paul Murray and Evan Horwood.

Barron, placed in temporary charge following the midweek resignation of manager Neale Cooper, has no new injury or suspension problems.

Midfielder Murray is available following a calf injury that has kept him out of the last two matches, while Horwood has missed the last three games due to a heel problem.

Defender Peter Hartley (foot) returned from injury in the midweek defeat at Bury, which prompted Cooper's resignation.

But on-loan Middlesbrough striker Charlie Wyke is back at his parent club receiving treatment on a badly gashed ankle and midfielder Andy Monkhouse remains a long-term absentee with an ankle ligament injury.

Barron, in his second spell as caretaker, is bidding to steer his side to their first win in 12 league matches.

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League One Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
12:15
Leyton Or v Wolves  
15:00
Crewe v Colchester  
MK Dons v Brentford  
Notts Co v Crawley  
Oldham v Coventry  
Peterboro v Carlisle  
Preston v Shrewsbury  
Rotherham v Port Vale  
Stevenage v Bristol C  
Swindon v Bradford  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 43 53 96
2 Brentford 43 30 90
3 Leyton Or 43 38 80
4 Rotherham 43 26 79
5 Preston 43 22 79
6 Peterboro 43 9 67
7 Swindon 43 6 63
8 Port Vale 43 -12 60
9 Sheff Utd 42 0 59
10 MK Dons 43 0 58
11 Walsall 43 2 57
12 Crawley 42 -4 55
13 Bradford 43 2 53
14 Bristol C 43 1 53
15 Gillingham 43 -17 51
16 Oldham 42 -10 50
17 Coventry 43 -2 49
18 Colchester 43 -12 46
19 Tranmere 43 -24 46
20 Crewe 43 -27 46
21 Carlisle 42 -26 44
22 Notts Co 43 -16 43
23 Shrewsbury 43 -16 41
24 Stevenage 43 -23 39

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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