Ronnie Moore today brought Billy Paynter back into the Hartlepool United squad - but the skipper was named on the bench against Exeter City.
Paynter has not played since coming off in the FA Cup first-round win over Cheltenham Town in early November with Achilles trouble.
Another to appear on the bench this afternoon was the man who replaced him as skipper, Carl Magnay, until he damaged his groin in the FA Cup second round replay win against Salford City.
Moore made two changes to his starting XI with Rakish Bingham replacing the injured Ellis Harrison and Scott Harrison coming in for Matthew Bates, ruled out with a toe injury.
Pools: Carson, Richards, Harrison, Jackson, Carroll, Featherstone, Woods, Gray, Hawkins, Bingham, Oates.
Subs: Bartlett, Jones, Magnay, Walker, Thomas, Paynter, Fenwick.
Exeter City: Olejnik, McCready, Brown, Ribiero, McAllister, Grant, Oakley, Tillson, Nicholls, Stockley, Nichols
Subs: Butterfield, Davies, Reid, Hamon, Wheeler, Watkins, Taylor
Referee: D Handley