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Swindon Town Vs Hartlepool United, Sat 2 Apr 2011

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Paul Hart must decide whether to hand a full debut to Alassane N`Diaye as Swindon welcome Hartlepool to the County Ground for a must-win clash.

The on-loan Crystal Palace midfielder has spent his first couple of weeks in Wiltshire getting his fitness up to speed and came on for the final nine minutes of Tuesday`s disappointing 1-0 defeat at Exeter.

Hart now has to decide whether he is ready to start against Pools or if he is handed more time from the bench.

Aside from regular absentees Vincent Pericard and Milan Misun (both knee), the Robins boss has a full-strength squad to select from with no new injuries from the midweek reverse at St James Park.

Hart has targeted five wins from Town`s remaining seven games in order to secure League One safety, making all four of their remaining home fixtures crucial.

Hartlepool first-team coach Mick Wadsworth has several injury worries.

Striker James Brown will continue to miss out with an ankle problem and defender Neil Austin remains sidelined through a calf tear.

Top scorer Antony Sweeney will be absent for the fourth game in a row as he continues to recover from a bad gash on his ankle.

Forward Ryan Donaldson has returned to Newcastle after his loan deal expired. He failed to score in 12 appearances.

Wadsworth has made three substitutions in each of Pools' last six matches and is likely to call on options from the bench once more.

The sides shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw when they met in August, with Hartlepool surrendering a two-goal advantage. Pools have not kept a clean sheet away from home since January 18.

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