Match Preview: Hartlepool v Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 16/08/2011
Huddersfield Town travel to the Victoria Ground to face Hartelpool United for their third match of the npower League One season (7.45pm kick-off).Match Preview: Hartlepool v Huddersfield Town

Both sides have drawn their first two matches and both will be looking to notch their first win of the season. If The Terriers avoid defeat tonight they will have beaten their 86-year club record of 27 matches unbeaten which was equalled when Town drew with Rochdale on Saturday.

Town midfielder Anton Robinson is hoping to return to the squad tonight after sustaining a hamstring injury on his debut against Bury just over a week ago.
Winger Danny Ward, who scored against Rochdale on last Saturday, will be pushing for a first team place. Midfielder Damien Johnson is close to returning to first team action and could be a surprise inclusion to the squad. Alex Smithies is still sidelined but apart from Smithies, Town have no other injury worries.

Hartelpool United on the other hand hand have been hit with injuries and suspensions and are looking lightweight in midfield. Midfielder Gary Liddle is out injuried with a fractured cheekbone that was sustained during an arial challenge with former Town defender Andy Butler in the match against Walsall. Fellow midfielder Nathan Luscombe starts his three-match ban tonight after being sent off in the same match.

Winger Anthony Sweeney is out with a groin strain and former Newcastle United star Nolberto Solano was forced out with a hamstring injury in the match against Walsall and looks unlikely to feature against The Terriers.

Defender Evan Horwood was taken off after recieving a knock against Walsall but could feature tonight against Town. Fellow defenders Neil Austin and ex-Town Sam Collins are struggling with knocks. Strikers Colin Larkin and James Brown are hoping to be included in the squad after they have recovered from their respective injuries.

Striker Colin Nish, who joined The Pool in the summer, could miss tonight's match as his wife is expecting their baby. Veteran Ritchie Humphreys and Steve Haslam both could start tonight due to injuries and suspensions.

The Terriers have beaten Hartlepool on their last two visits to the Victoria Ground winning 1-0 in March and won 2-0 the previous season. The last time Hartlepool beat Town at their home ground was in October 2008 when they beat The Terriers 5-3.

Prediction - 2-1 to Town


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