League One

December 29, 2012

Full-time

Sheff Utd

2 - 3

Hartlepool

League One

15:00 +00:00, December 29, 2012

Bramall Lane, England

Referee: D Deadman

Double blow for Blades

Team Stat Comparison

Sheffield United Hartlepool United
Matches Played 46 46
Table Position 5 23
Points 75 41
Goal Difference 14 -28
Goals for * 1.3 0.9
Goals against * 0.9 1.7
Last 5 L-W-D-L-L D-D-W-W-L
Last 5 home W-D-D-W-L D-W-L-D-D
Last 5 away L-L-L-D-W D-W-L-L-L
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Sheffield United | Hartlepool United

Competition Stats

Sheffield United Hartlepool United
Goals Dave Kitson 11 Andy Monkhouse 7
Assists Tony McMahon 9 Evan Horwood 10
Yellows Tony McMahon 11 Jack Baldwin 7
Reds Harry Maguire 1 Neil Austin 2
Squads: Sheffield United | Hartlepool United

Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson will be without Shaun Miller and Neill Collins when the npower League One leaders welcome bottom side Hartlepool.

Miller was ruled out for the remainder of the season on Friday after it was announced the striker suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in their Boxing Day win over Scunthorpe.

Defender Collins will also be out for up to two months after sustaining a triple fracture to his cheekbone. The former Leeds man underwent surgery immediately after the game.

Defender Tony McMahon will also be missing for the Blades as he serves a one-match suspension following his fifth yellow card of the season against the Iron.

Goalkeeper Mark Howard (thigh) and defender Lescinel Jean-Francois (knee) are working their way back to fitness but are unlikely to be risked against a side with just one win all year.

Beleaguered Hartlepool's injury problems are easing.

John Hughes' side, who prop up the division, have won just one game all season and none since the Scot took the reins from Neale Cooper in November.

However, Pools were able to include Nathan Luscombe (knee), Simon Walton (hamstring), Peter Hartley (conjunctivitis), Evan Horwood (groin) and Luke James (tonsilitis) for the 3-0 defeat to Carlisle.

Midfielders Luscombe and Walton were unused substitutes while teenager James came off the bench as Hughes eased his absentees back into action.

Goalkeeper Andy Rafferty is still on the sidelines due to an operation he had on his knee over the summer.