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Brentford Vs Hartlepool United, Sat 8 May 2010

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Brentford will be without Pim Balkestein and Carl Cort for the visit of Hartlepool.

On-loan centre-half Balkestein suffered a broken nose against Swindon last week and has gone back to parent club Ipswich while striker Cort has a cracked bone in his foot.

Mark Phillips is fit after a knee problem and could come in for Balkestein. Ben Strevens will partner Charlie MacDonald up front.

Myles Weston returns to the squad after his child was born last week and fellow winger Sam Saunders will be checked over after a foot injury.

Left-back Ryan Dickson is still missing with a hamstring problem.

Youngsters Fraser Franks, Lewis Ferrell and Ryan Blake look set to make up the bench again.

Hartlepool have been dragged back into the relegation mire ahead of their crunch trip after being deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player.

Gary Liddle played in April's 2-0 victory over Brighton when he should have been serving a suspension for picking up 10 bookings. The FA have handed an extra one-match ban to the player, which will begin in 14 days, while fining the club #3,500.

A Football Disciplinary Commission decided to impose a points deduction and a suspended fine of #10,000 on the club, meaning they are now just a point clear of the bottom four going into the final weekend of the season.

The club have 28 days to lodge an appeal to the Football League and are considering their position.

Victory would secure survival but Pools would also be safe if Exeter and Tranmere fail to win.

Director of sport Chris Turner will pick from an unchanged squad, with Denis Behan pushing for a start after coming off the bench to net the leveller in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Exeter.

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Carl Cort
Pim Balkestein
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Ben Strevens
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Ryan Dickson
Sam Saunders
Brentford
Gary Liddle
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Tranmere Rovers
Brighton & Hove Albion
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