Ronnie Moore made three changes to his Hartlepool United starting XI for the visit of second-placed Oxford United.
Michael Duckworth returned after injury to take over at right-back from Scott Harrison.
Nicky Featherstone and Rhys Oates came into midfield for Kudus Oyenuga and Rakish Bingham, with Moore looking like going with a 4-5-1 formation with Mikael Mandron the most advanced player.
Oxford were without striker Ryan Taylor, who hurt his groin in the midweek draw with Newpoert County, Pat Hoban coming into the starting XI.
Pools: Carson, Duckworth, Jackson, Bates, Carroll, Featherstone, Gray, Magnay, Naismith, Mandron, Oates. Subs: Bartlett, Jones, Harrison, Walker, Oyenuga, Fenwick, Bingham
Oxford United: Buchel, Baldock, Mullins, Dunkley, Skarz, MacDonald, Lundstram, Sercombe, Roofe, Hoban, Maguire. Subs: Slocombe, Rose, Hylton, Ruffels, O'Dowda, Long, Evans