Hartlepool v Coventry preview

Team news for Saturday's FA Cup second-round clash between Hartlepool United and Coventry City at Victoria Park.

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Jack Baldwin: Should start again

Jack Baldwin: Should start again

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Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper could name an unchanged starting line-up against Coventry in the FA Cup.

Cooper has no new selection problems following last weekend's goalless home draw with Portsmouth and is expected to retain the same back four - Jack Baldwin, Michael Duckworth, Christian Burgess and Neil Austin - that has started the last four matches.

Centre-half Sam Collins is pushing for a recall, while forward Andy Monkhouse is expected to start again after returning from suspension in place of Jonathan Franks last week.

Pools, who beat Notts County in the first round, have lost only one of their last seven home games.

Coventry boss Steven Pressley faces a striker shortage for the FA Cup second-round trip to Hartlepool.

Leon Clarke remains sidelined by hip/thigh problems while Callum Wilson serves a one-match suspension having accrued five yellow cards this term, with the influential duo having found the net 25 times between them this season.

To make matters worse, loan forwards Chris Dagnall and Chris Maguire, who bagged a debut brace in last weekend's 3-1 win at MK Dons, have both been denied permission to feature by respective parent clubs Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday.

Midfielder Adam Barton is expected to have shaken off a knee injury but defender Jordan Willis remains absent with a knee complaint of his own.

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