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Porter and Hartlepool to take on Neill's West Ham in FA Cup

Hartlepool and Aussie striker Joel Porter will be in the spotlight this weekend when they take on Premiership club West Ham in the FA Cup fourth round. The League One club currently sits mid-table but Saturday's fixture against the Hammers is their biggest match of the season to date.

Porter told the club's official website that the squad was looking forward to the challenge.

"I think we're all looking forward to it and with it being on television there is that extra attention on you," Porter said.

"We don't get a lot of that throughout the season so I think we all just want to enjoy it and soak that up this week.

"Every player wants to operate at the highest level they can but unfortunately not all of us can do that.

"We find ourselves in League One at the moment but it's always good when you go into these games against higher league opposition to test your ability both individually and as a team.

The match also gives Porter the opportunity to test his mettle against West Ham and Socceroos captain Lucas Neill.

"I played against him once when he was in the Olympic side and they played a warm-up game against Melbourne Knights.

"He's a fantastic player and he deserves all the success he's had - he's well thought of in Australia and has done wonders for the game over there.

"It's always nice to come up against a fellow Australian; it doesn't happen too often but I think we have the same mentality that we want to win regardless of whether it's cricket, football or whatever.

"Hopefully I can have a chat with him after the game but before that I want to make sure we do the business on the pitch."

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