Hartlepool v Oldham preview

Team news ahead of Tuesday night's League One clash between Hartlepool and Oldham at Victoria Park.

Last Updated: 19/11/12 at 17:17   

Dean Furman: Back from ban

Dean Furman: Back from ban

Hartlepool's new manager John Hughes will be boosted by the return of Steve Howard and Evan Horwood for his second game in charge.

Striker Howard missed Hughes' baptism of fire on Saturday - Pools lost 5-0 at home to Coventry - through suspension, but is expected to return, while defender Horwood missed out at the weekend through illness.

Number two goalkeeper Adam McHugh is also hoping to return to the squad after missing the Coventry game with an ankle problem.

Winger Andy Monkhouse stepped off the bench at the weekend to make his first appearance in six weeks following an ankle injury, but is expected to start on the bench again, while teenage striker Luke James remains sidelined following a double hernia operation.

Hartlepool are chasing their first win since September 1, 17 games ago.

Oldham can welcome back captain Dean Furman and vice-captain James Wesolowski to their side.

The central midfield duo both missed Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Bournemouth through suspension, after picking up five bookings, but are ready to make an immediate return to manager Paul Dickov's starting line-up.

Robbie Simpson and Youssuf M'Changama came in to replace the unavailable pair, but are not likely to keep their places after being substituted in a dismal second-half performance for the Latics.

Left-back Jonathan Grounds will not feature at Victoria Park after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against the Cherries.

Connor Brown and Reece Wabara will battle to replace Grounds, with David Mellor a third option after returning from a loan spell at Chorley.

Dickov's men have slipped into the bottom four after three defeats on the bounce and will be looking for a vital win against John Hughes' Pools.

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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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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