Hartlepool United-Portsmouth: Team news, Oates back for Pools

Rhys Oates: Pools return
Rhys Oates: Pools return

Dave Jones restored fit-again Rhys Oates to his starting XI for Hartlepool United’s big clash with Portsmouth.

Oates had been in good form until limping off with a thigh problem in the 1-0 win at Cambridge.

But the 22-year-old was back today with Lewis Hawkins moving down to the bench with Lewis Alessandra taking a midfield role.

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook made two changes to his team.

Former Pools star, Christian Burgess, returns at centre-half after suspension, replacing Tom Davies while Noel Hunt was named up top with Eoin Doyle out with a groin injury

Pompey included ex-loan man Kal Naismith, who is the team's leading scorer.

Pools: Fryer, Donnelly, Walker, Harrison, Deverdics, Featherstone, Alessandra, Woods, Oates, Thomas, Amond.

Subs: Dudzinski, Magnay, Richardson, Bates, Hawkins, Rooney, Rodney.

Portsmouth: Forde, Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens, Rose, M Doyle, Baker, Naismith, Bennett, Hunt

Subs: O'Brien, Whatmough, Linganzi, Roberts, Kabamba, Chaplin.

Referee: Mark Brown