After Dan Kemp's brace rescued a point at the weekend, Hartlepool United host Newport County on Tuesday evening (7.45pm KO). With 14 games to go, every point is vital as Keith Curle seeks to lift Pools up the table.
Newport are 17th in League Two, seven points above Pools after winning eight of their 30 games this season. They've won two of their last five games, defeating Barrow and Swindon Town.
Graham Coughlan is the Exiles' manager and his team features former Poolie Omar Bogle. After scoring five goals in 22 appearances for Pools, he moved to Newport in the summer and has scored nine goals this season.
The sides have met 46 times in the past, with Pools winning 12 times, Newport winning 21 times, and 13 matches ending in a draw. Last season, each side won a game each. In Newport, the hosts ran out 2-1 winners despite David Ferguson's goal, but at home, Pools were victorious. Goals from Jamie Sterry, Luke Molyneux, and Neill Byrne secured the points for Graeme Lee's side.
Matty Dolan is unavailable for the fixture as he's currently on loan from the Exiles. Tom Crawford and Alex Lacey are long-term absentees, but otherwise, Keith Curle has a relatively full squad to choose from. Callum Cooke is continuing his recovery from injury, and Tuesday may come too soon for the former Bradford man.
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