Team news: Ryan Bird makes his Hartlepool United debut against Wimbledon

Michael Woods in action for Hartlepool United against Stevenage. Picture by FRANK REID

Michael Woods in action for Hartlepool United against Stevenage. Picture by FRANK REID

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RYAN Bird makes his debut for Hartlepool United as boss Ronnie Moore makes just one change for the visit of Wimbledon.

In comes 27-year-old Bird, signed on loan from Cambridge United, in place of Marvin Morgan who drops down to the bench.

Pools are eight points adrift at the foot of Sky Bet League Two, while today’s visitors Wimbledon are 10th.

They name Adebayo Akinfenwa up front, with Scott Harrison and David Mirfin having to be on their guard to keep the 13-goal hitman at bay.

Moore names an unchanged back four for the fifth game running.

Pools (4-4-2): Flinders (C), Duckworth, Mirfin, Harrison, Austin, Franks, Woods, Tshibola, Compton, Smith, Bird.

Subs: Maxted, Walker, D Jones, J Jones, Featherstone, Harewood, Morgan.

Wimbledon: Shea, Fuller (C), Kennedy, Bulman, Winfield, Oshilaja, Potter, Reeves, Tanner, Rigg, Akinfenwa.

Subs: McDonnell, Smith, Moore, Azeez, Phillips, Beere, Connolly.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire)