TEAM NEWS: Southend United v Hartlepool United in Sky Bet League Two

Luke James in action during the 3-0 victory over Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID
Luke James in action during the 3-0 victory over Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID
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COLIN Cooper has named the same starting XI for tonight’s Sky Bet League Two match away to Southend United at Roots Hall.

Luke James and Marlon Harewood start up front again in a diamond formation, with Simon Walton marshalling the back four and on-loan Middlesbrough forward Luke Williams behind the front two.

It is the same team that beat Newport County 3-0 at Victoria Park at the weekend.

Sam Collins will again captain Pools, while Jordan Richards again starts at right-back, with Michael Duckworth on the bench again after returning from injury.

Southend United, managed by former Pools defender Phil Brown, has named striker Freddy Eastwood on the bench.

Pools start the match in 8th, with Southend a place and six points above in 7th.

Hartlepool United (4-4-2): Flinders; Richards; Holden; Collins (C); Burgess; Walton; Walker; Monkhouse; Williams; James; Harewood.

Subs: Rafferty; Franks; Poole; Barmby; Compton; Sweeney; Duckworth.

Southend United (4-3-3): Bentley; White (C); Coker; Phillips; Timlin; Corr; Straker; Atkinson; Hurst; Leonard; Thompson.

Subs: Smith; Laird; Eastwood; Payne; Williams; Gomis; Barnard.

Referee: Keith Hill

Roots Hall, Southend United.