"We expect to win the game, but we appreciate it will be a tough afternoon and we must earn the right to let our ability do the talking.
"Against Scunthorpe, another struggling team, short on confidence, you saw the difference of scoring an early goal. When confidence is fragile that opening goal is often critical, so let's get the first goal and see what happens, but I would happily take 1-0 now.
"Football is capable of turning up some unusual results when they are least expected, so let's not get caught cold."
- Another enforced change for boss Danny Wilson will be at right-back, with Tony McMahon unavailable as he serves a one-match suspension after accumulating five bookings.Mark
- Howard and Lecsinel Jean-Francois continue to edge nearer to a return to competitive action, although neither are expected to make Saturday's matchday 18.
- Rock bottom Hartlepool will have Neil Austin and Jack Baldwin available again after suspension, whilst Simon Walton (hamstring) and Nathan Luscombe (knee) should feature after returning to action on Boxing Day, along with Luke James who overcame a bout of tonsillitis.