Football - Same again for Pools

Hartlepool manager John Hughes could name an unchanged starting line-up for the fourth successive game in the home clash with Bournemouth.

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Hughes has no new injury or suspension worries as Pools chase their first home win since September 1 and has several options at his disposal.

Striker Charlie Wyke, whose loan spell from Middlesbrough was recently extended until the end of the season, is likely to retain his place alongside Steve Howard up front after scoring his first senior goal in the 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury last time out.

Hughes must decide whether to retain 19-year-old Jordan Richards at right-back or recall the more experienced Neil Austin, while fellow defenders Darren Holden and Jack Baldwin, plus teenage striker Luke James are all pushing for a place in the starting line-up.

Goalkeeper Andy Rafferty remains the only long-term absentee following summer knee surgery.

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