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Posted Tue 24 Nov 15

Preview: Accrington Stanley v Hartlepool United

Accrington Stanley v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 24th November 2015
Kick-off: 7.45pm

The Story So Far
Accrington Stanley have enjoyed a remarkable opening to the 2015/16 campaign with manager John Coleman’s Midas touch working again during his second spell in charge.

The Lancashire outfit currently lie fourth in the table having won three of their last four league outings and could climb in to an automatic place if they taste victory again this evening.

Their home form has given the platform to emerge as dark horses for promotion – only Carlisle have scored as many on home soil this term, though only four teams have conceded as many.

One To Watch
Josh Windass has been capturing all the headlines during Stanley’s wonderful start to the campaign – and rightly so, the 21-year-old’s winner at Cambridge on Saturday was his tenth of the season.

The midfielder – son of former Bradford and Hull star Dean – has carried on his form from the back end of last term when he scored six goals in fourteen games after netting on his debut in February.

His talent is drawing attention from clubs in higher divisions but they may have to dig deep if they want to prise him way from Accrington – boss John Coleman is prediction he will become the club’s first £1million player.

Last Meeting
Tuesday 14th April 2015
Hartlepool United 1 (Harewood 80)
Accrington Stanley 1 (Windass 38)

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Austin, D Jones, Harrison, Mirkin, Featherstone, Hawkins (J Jones 46), Duckworth (Fenwick 46), Tshibola, Franks (Harewood 77), Hugill.
Subs not used: Maxted, Walker, Nelson-Addy, Richards.

Accrington Stanley: Davies, Buxton (Liddle 65), Jones, Hunt, Atkinson, Conneely, Joyce, Windass (Winnard 86), Mingoia, Bruna (McCartan 57), Maguire.
Subs not used: Warner, Naismith, Barry, Gilchrist.

Head To Head
Tonight’s game will be the 72nd competitive meeting between the two clubs and Pools have the edge historically having won 34 times in comparison to Stanley’s 23 victories.

Pools were beaten 3-1 on their most recent visit to The Crown Ground last October but gained a point when the sides met at The Vic when Marlon Harewood came off the bench to snatch an equaliser in April.

The last time Pools won at Accrington was in November 2007 when late goals from Ritchie Humphreys and Eifion Williams secured a 2-1 win which would act as the platform for an unbeaten run which would carry the Club to promotion.

Team News
Ronnie Moore is hoping to have Michael Duckworth (calf) and Michael Woods (thigh) back available for selection but Billy Paynter (Achilles) and Harry Worley (ankle) are both ruled out.


Referee
Darren Drysdale will be in charge of his thirteenth Pools game this evening when he’s on the whistle for our trip to Accrington.

The experienced official last refereed Pools back in 2012/13 when two visits to The Vic saw him witness a 3-0 victory over Crewe in February 2013 and a 2-0 win over Bury a couple of months later.

The first occasion he officiated a Pools fixture was way back in December 2004 when he was the man in the middle for our 2-1 defeat at Walsall.

His latest outing came at Birmingham City on Saturday as Charlton Athletic sprung a surprise by winning 1-0 at St Andrews.

Ticket Information
Pools fans can buy their tickets for this game on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at The Crown Ground.


Live Commentary
Pools fans all over the world can listen to live and uninterrupted online commentary of this evening’s game on Pools PlayerHD with Mark Simpson and Jeff Winter from 7.35pm.


Betting
Pools are rated a 5/1 shot to bring home all three points, with hosts Accrington installed as big 8/13 favourites for the win and a draw priced at 13/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.