Brentford v Hartlepool preview

Date published: Friday 26th October 2012 10:25

Brentford have no new injury problems as they look to maintain their recent fine form against the basement boys.

Boss Uwe Rosler saw his side come from behind to beat Coventry City 2-1 on Tuesday night, taking their record to just one defeat in their last eight matches.

Harry Forrester netted both goals against the Sky Blues, including a stoppage-time penalty, and the attacking midfielder will be one of the first names on Rosler’s teamsheet to tackle Pools.

On-loan striker Jimmy Spencer is pressing for a start after making his debut as a second-half substitute in midweek, but loan youngster Ryan Fredericks has been recalled by Tottenham.

Forward Farid El Alagui (knee) remains the only long-term injury problem at the club. The forward is sidelined for a lengthy period after suffering a serious knee injury in a collision with Crawley goalkeeper Paul Jones during their league meeting.

Hartlepool caretaker-manager Micky Barron will be boosted by the return of Paul Murray and Evan Horwood.

Barron, placed in temporary charge following the midweek resignation of manager Neale Cooper, has no new injury or suspension problems.

Midfielder Murray is available following a calf injury that has kept him out of the last two matches, while Horwood has missed the last three games due to a heel problem.

Defender Peter Hartley (foot) returned from injury in the midweek defeat at Bury, which prompted Cooper’s resignation.

But on-loan Middlesbrough striker Charlie Wyke is back at his parent club receiving treatment on a badly gashed ankle and midfielder Andy Monkhouse remains a long-term absentee with an ankle ligament injury.

Barron, in his second spell as caretaker, is bidding to steer his side to their first win in 12 league matches.

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Brentford v Hartlepool preview

Date published: Friday 9th December 2011 11:19

Kevin O’Connor is Brentford’s only injury absentee.

The club captain faces a couple of months on the sidelines with the foot injury he suffered against Basingstoke in the FA Cup three weeks ago.

Fellow midfielder Harry Forrester proved his fitness following a hamstring problem with a run-out for the reserves this week, and defender Karleigh Osborne is also back in training after six weeks out with a foot injury.

The Bees are reeling from a double blow after losing to Wrexham in the FA Cup before bowing out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on penalties against Barnet on Tuesday night.

Boss Uwe Rosler could therefore make changes with Craig Woodman, Leon Legge and Myles Weston pushing for recalls.

Hartlepool forward James Brown could return to contention as caretaker manager Micky Barron takes charge for the first time.

Striker Brown has been restricted to eight first-team appearances this season but returned to full training this week following his latest groin injury and is expected to be included in the squad.

Barron, placed in temporary charge following the sacking of Mick Wadsworth on Tuesday, could also be boosted by the return of central defender Sam Collins, who has missed the last four games due to a calf strain.

Strikers Colin Nish and Colin Larkin are still out with respective knee injuries, but Barron has no new fitness or suspension concerns.

Pools, who have lost their last seven home games in all competitions, look to extend their unbeaten away league run to four games and remain just five points adrift of the play-offs.

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