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Ronnie Moore to return to the dugout for Hartlepool United v Newport County

18 August 2015

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore will return to Victoria Road for their Sky Bet League 2 clash against Newport County on Tuesday.

Moore has been absent from Pools' last two fixtures after his daughter fell ill with pneumonia, and although he is still likely to let assistant boss Sam Collins oversee the squad against the Exiles, he will be present again.

Hartlepool have started the season in style, with three straight wins in all competitions, beating Morecambe and York in league meetings, as well as Sky Bet League 1 side Fleetwood Town in Round 1 of the Capital One Cup.

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“I will probably leave Sam to take the lead again on Tuesday because he’s done all the planning and put things in place while I’ve been away,” Moore said to Hartlepool's Matchday Magazine.

“I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support during what has been a difficult week. I have received so many nice messages on Twitter from fans – and not just Hartlepool fans either, fans from all over the country which was outstanding really."

The visitors

Newport County make the 279-mile trip up to the North East of England still in search of their first win of the season.

The Exiles Lost 3-0 to Cambridge United on the opening day of the season, and drew 2-2 with Stevenage in Match Round 2, conceding a Mark Hughes goal in stoppage time to deny manager Terry Butcher his maiden victory.

Those results sandwiched a 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers last Tuesday.

Head-to-head

Hartlepool and Newport have only met four times throughout their history, and all of those have come in the previous two seasons.

The 2013/14 clashes brought a win apiece, as Newport won the first clash 2-0 and Pools cruised to a 3-0 triumph in the return fixture.

Last term, there was nothing to separate them, with both games ending in 2-2 draws.

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