Craig Hignett is prepared to give some of his Hartlepool players ‘the benefit of the doubt’ when it comes to his team selection for the upcoming home matches against Dover Athletic and Chesterfield.

Pools were beaten 3-1 at Dagenham & Redbridge last Saturday with Hignett stating his side were carrying ‘three or four’ players during the match.

After keeping changes to a minimum in recent weeks, the United manager could now look to utilise his large squad for the quick turn around of home matches coming up.

And after seeing their five game unbeaten streak come to an end, Pools will be wanting to bounce back with their Victoria Park double header as they welcome Dover on Saturday before facing Chesterfield the following Tuesday.

Nicke Kabamba and Josh Hawkes have recently returned to the fray and could be in contention for a start after bringing some much needed energy from the bench at Dagenham.

But Hignett remains reluctant to recklessly chop and change things on the back of one poor performance.

“The good thing for me is those players who’ve been waiting and chomping at the bit are ready to come in,” he said.

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