TEAM NEWS: Hartlepool United midfielder Tommy Miller ruled out of Newport County match

Tommy Miller in action. Picture by FRANK REID
Tommy Miller in action. Picture by FRANK REID

NEW signing Nicky Featherstone makes his full Hartlepool United debut against Newport County at Victoria Park this afternoon.

The holding midfielder signed for the Sky Bet League Two club on Friday and goes straight into manager Paul Murray’s starting line-up.

Murray has made three changes, with Marlon Harewood and Michael Woods also recalled to the team.

The club’s other new signing, winger Sidney Schmeltz is named on the subs bench while Ryan Brobbel has been dropped to the bench.

Matthew Bates and Tommy Miller both miss out with calf injuries while Jack Compton and Stuart Parnaby (both knee) also remain sidelined.

Pools have not named a sub keeper on the bench.

Pools (4-4-2): Flinders (C), Duckworth, Collins, Harrison, Austin, Featherstone, Walker, Woods, Franks, Harewood, Wyke.

Subs: Richards, Jones, Schmeltz, Brobbel, Hawkins, Crooks, Smith.

Newport (3-5-2): Day, Porter, Jones, Yakubu, Minshull, O’Connor, Zebroski, Sandell (C), Hughes, Flynn, Obeng.

Subs: Pidgeley, Feely, Tancock, Klukowski, Patten, Loveridge, Collins.

Referee: Mark Brown (Lancashire)

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