MICK Wadsworth will turn to Adam Boyd in a bid to resurrect Hartlepool United’s disastrous home form.
The 29-year-old striker has started just one of the last eight matches and has largely been a spectator as Pools have slumped to six consecutive home defeats.
Boyd had started the campaign in the side before losing form and finding himself back among the substitutes.
He remains, though, joint top goalscorer with five efforts to his name and will return to the line-up for tonight’s visit of Preston North End.
Boyd was introduced at half-time during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Yeovil Town and the Pools-born star was one of precious few positives for manager Wadsworth.
The manager admits his striker has been looking sharper in recent weeks.
“Adam has worked really hard the last two weeks,” he said. “He will agree he fell off a little bit and had problems with his knee, but he’s looked stronger.
“He did well when he came on Saturday and there’s every chance he will start tonight.”
Wadsworth will make changes elsewhere as he bids to arrest the worrying home slide which is the worst run in the club’s history.
Nobby Solano and fellow veteran Paul Murray look set to drop to the bench.
That could mean Nathan Luscombe wins a recall for what would be just his third league start of the season.
The 22-year-old also came from the bench against the Glovers and came within a lick of paint of stealing a point when his stoppage-time shot cracked the woodwork.