With just four games of the season to go and everything to play for, Hartlepool United travel to Salford City on Tuesday (7.45pm KO). A disappointing result at Newport puts the pressure on John Askey's side, though Salford still have plenty to play for in their search for promotion.
Salford sit eight in League Two, level on points with Mansfield in the final play-off position. Led by head coach Neil Wood, the Salford team features plenty of experience throughout, including Jamaica international Adrian Mariappa.
Plenty of players have appeared for both sides, including Gus Mafuta, Mark Shelton, Luke Armstrong, and Devante Rodney.
The sides have met just eight times in the past, with Pools winning twice. Salford have won five matches, while one game has ended in a draw. Pools haven't beaten Salford since April 2019, and they've lost 2-0 in each of the previous four fixtures. Their last win came thanks to goals from Luke James, Nicke Kabamba, and Nicky Featherstone.
Jamie Sterry was 50/50 against Newport, but the influential full-back is likely to be available against Salford. Matty Dolan is also available after being restricted by the terms of his loan deal for last weekend's defeat. Euan Murray is being reviewed by medical staff after coming off against the Exiles.
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