JOHN HUGHES sticks with the same starting XI for Hartlepool United's home game with Portsmouth, billed as a "Cup final" by the manager.

After a point at Swindon and a win over Notts County, victory tonight will see Pools move off the foot of the table, jumping over Pompey - winless in 19 and who have lost their last nine.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Austin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood; Walton, Baldwin, Humphreys; Franks, Poole, Wyke. Subs: McHugh (gk), Monkhouse, Luscbome, Rutherford, Richards, Holden, James. 

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PORTSMOUTH: Eastwood; Cooper, Sodje, Keen, ertl, Agyemang, Wallace, Butler, Rocha, Reed, Racon. Subs: Smith, Walker, Harris, Webster, Akinde, Gyepes. 

Referee: Darren Bond (Burscough)