TEAM NEWS: Compton starts as Collins makes changes for Hartlepool United

Brad Walker in action. Picture by FRANK REID
Brad Walker in action. Picture by FRANK REID

JACK Compton starts his first match for Hartlepool United in over two months as caretaker Sam Collins makes four changes for today’s match with Burton Albion.

The winger has been out with a knee injury but returns to the starting line-up at the Pirelli Stadium.

On-loan Matty Dolan returns to central midfield while Darren Holden and Jordan Richards also start against high-flying Albion.

Managerless Pools are looking to bounce back from last week’s humiliating FA Cup second round defeat to Blyth Spartans.

Teenage winger Kieran Green has been recalled from a loan spell at Spennymoor Town and is on the bench.

Italian defender Matteo Lanzoni has been dropped to the bench, while Scott Fenwick is also among the subs.

The Brewers, managed by former Middlesbrough striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, are fourth while Pools are bottom and six points adrift of safety.

Pools (4-4-2): Flinders, Richards, Holden, Austin, Bates, Walker, Featherstone, Dolan, Compton, Franks, Harewood.

Subs: Maxted, Woods, Hawkins, Lanzoni, Green, Ironside, Fenwick.

Burton (4-4-2): McLaughlin, Edwards, Cansdell-Sherriff, Mousinho (C), Weir, Beavon, MacDonald, Blyth, McCrory, Morris, Lenihan.

Subs: Matthews, Taft, Sharps, Knowles, McGurk, Palmer, Harness.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

Twitter: @RichMennearJP

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