TEAM NEWS: Hartlepool United v Portsmouth

Andy Monkhouse in action against Northampton Town. Picture by FRANK REID
Andy Monkhouse in action against Northampton Town. Picture by FRANK REID

ANDY Monkhouse has returned to the Hartlepool United team for this afternoon’s Sky Bet League Two match against Portsmouth at Victoria Park.

Manager Colin Cooper has made just one change, with Monkhouse coming into the team after serving his one-match suspension, with winger Jonathan Franks dropping to the bench.

Luke James, with 10 goals to his name already this season, starts up front with support from James Poole.

Pools start the day in 13th place, six points off the play-off positions, with Pompey down in 18th.

Hartlepool United: Flinders; Duckworth; Austin (C); Burgess; Baldwin; Walton; Compton, Dolan; Monkhouse; Poole; James.

Subs: Rafferty; Collins; Franks; Sweeney; Richards; Rodney; Walker.

Portsmouth: Carson; Devera; Whatmough; Bradley; Potts; Wallace; Ertl; Cooper; Barcham; Holmes; Bird.

Subs: Sullivan; N’Gala; East; Padovani; Connolly; Painter; Maloney.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Halifax)