Football - Hughes could keep the faith

Hartlepool manager John Hughes could be tempted to field an unchanged starting line-up in the midweek home clash with Portsmouth.

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Hughes has no new injury or suspension worries after his side extended their unbeaten league run to four matches with a 1-1 draw at Swindon on Saturday.

Striker Steve Howard is not expected to be involved despite returning to full training this week following a hamstring injury and midfielder Antony Sweeney remains sidelined with a knee problem.

But defender Jordan Richards is pushing for a recall. The teenager returned to the bench as an unused substitute at the weekend following a three-game absence due to a knee injury.

Winger Andy Monkhouse staked his claim for a return with the equaliser after stepping off the bench at former club Swindon on Saturday.

Victory for Pools would see them leapfrog Portsmouth off the bottom of the table.

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