Tranmere v Hartlepool preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Tranmere Rovers and Hartlepool United at Prenton Park.

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Ash Taylor: In line for return

Ash Taylor: In line for return

Ronnie Moore has been bolstered by the return to training of four first-team players as his Tranmere side look to get their fading play-off hopes back on track against npower League one strugglers Hartlepool.

Defenders Ash Taylor and Ben Gibson have shaken off knocks sustained during last weekend's loss to league leaders Doncaster, which was Andy Robinson's first game back from a groin problem.

The experienced playmaker was allowed some days to rest and recuperate this week before rejoining the first-team squad on Thursday, along with veteran defender Ian Goodison - who was struck down by illness.

Moore believes Robinson's availability could be pivotal.

"Andy is going to be a threat," he told Tranmere Player. "He has undoubted ability and keeps the ball for us when we're under the cosh.

"All his experience we're going to need. He might just be the shining light for us, he might just kick us on because it's not impossible to win all three games."

Hartlepool pair Antony Sweeney and Evan Horwood both return to contention following injury for the game at Tranmere.

Midfielder Sweeney and defender Horwood have missed the last two matches due to respective hamstring injuries and manager John Hughes must decide whether to recall them to his starting line-up.

Hughes has no new injury or suspension problems, but striker James Poole is still struggling with a leg injury and is expected to miss out.

Midfielder Greg Rutherford is likely to be included again despite sustaining a head injury for the reserves in midweek.

Another teenager, forward Zak Boagey, made his first appearance for the club as a late substitute in last week's win over Bury and hopes to feature again.

Pools, five points from safety with three games remaining, are chasing back-to-back successes after ending an eight-game winless run last week.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston
Bristol C v Notts Co
Carlisle v Walsall
Colchester v Oldham
Coventry v Swindon
Crawley v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Tranmere
Port Vale v MK Dons
Shrewsbury v Crewe
Wolves v Rotherham

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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