Hartlepool United-Mansfield Town: Team news, Paynter and Alessandra back for Pools

Lewis Alessandra: Start

Lewis Alessandra: Start

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Craig Hignett has recalled Billy Paynter and Lewis Alessandra to the Hartlepool United starting XI against Mansfield Town at the Northern Gas & Power Stadium today.

Paynter returns for Padraig Amond after recovering from a calf problem while Alessandra starts after impressing as a sub following coming on for Rob Jones in the 2-1 win at Yeovil last Saturday.

Jones missed out with a bad hip and there was still no Michael Woods who has calf trouble.

Jake Carroll returns but has to be content with a place on the bench.

Pools: Carson, Magnay, Nsiala, Harrison, Donnelly, Featherstone, Laurent, Hawkins, Alessandra, Paynter, Thomas.

Subs: Bartlett, Richards, Carroll, Deverdics, Amond, Fewster, Heardman

Mansfield: Shearer, Bennett, Pearce, Iacovitti, Benning, Rose, McGuire, Collins, Hamilton, Rose, Green

Subs: Jensen, Hoban, Baxendale, Hurst, Hemmings, Gobern, Henderson

Referee: D Handley