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As far as seasons go in the third tier, Rotherham have enjoyed a near-perfect one thus far, establishing an advantage in the promotion race and moving to within one win of a trip to Wembley Stadium.
However, Paul Warne will have cut a frustrated figure over the weekend after witnessing the Millers lose their 11-match unbeaten record in all competitions to rivals MK Dons.
Against the odds, the visitors to the New York Stadium came from behind at a player disadvantage, securing a result which has moved them to within seven points of Rotherham with 10 matches remaining.
Warne will be happy to have a break from focusing on league matters, but collecting just seven points from a possible 15 has left their bid to return to the Championship less of a foregone conclusion.
For all of their dominance, the Yorkshire side have also scored just nine times in eight outings, and Warne will be demanding widespread improvements ahead of this contest.
Barring any fitness issues, Lee may be prepared to name the same Hartlepool side which battled back to see off Harrogate.
However, Joe White, who has made five starts since his January arrival, is cup-tied after representing Newcastle United earlier in the competition.
While Warne will select a strong Rotherham XI, there are likely to be several alterations from the team which wilted at the weekend.
Joshua Kayode could feature down the middle of the attack, with Michael Smith potentially being handed a rest, while Jordi Osei-Tutu is an option in one of the wing-back positions.
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Richard Wood and Angus MacDonald may also get the nod in the back three, replacing any two of the trio which featured versus MK Dons.
Hartlepool United possible starting lineup:
Killip; Sterry, Liddle, Odusina, Ferguson; Shelton, Featherstone, Crawford; Molyneux, Bogle, Grey
Rotherham United possible starting lineup:
Vickers; Ihiekwe, Wood, MacDonald; Osei-Tutu, Rathbone, Barlaser, Wiles, Ferguson; Kayode, Ladapo