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Preview: Pools v Doncaster Rovers

5 May 2017

We turn our attentions to the season finale with a full and in-depth preview of Doncaster Rovers visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

Hartlepool United v Doncaster Rovers
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 6th May 2017
Kick-Off: 5.30pm

In Opposition
Doncaster Rovers arrive at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium already safe in the knowledge that they will be playing League One football in the 2017/18 campaign.

Darren Ferguson’s men have looked title contenders for the majority of the season but they have hit a sticky run of form since securing promotion at the start of last month.

They have lost their last three games and the run has seen them slip to second in the table behind Plymouth Argyle who will clinch the title if they can win at Grimsby Town on Saturday.

Rovers experience at League Two level both in the dugout and on the pitch has set them apart from most during the course of the campaign and Ferguson is already focused on ensuring they make a successful return to the higher level.

Star Man
James Coppinger made 25 appearances for Pools during two loan spells with the Club during the early 2000s and it was evident even in those days he was blessed with great ability.

The Middlesbrough-born star has gone on to become a Doncaster Rovers legend after joining the Club back in 2004 and last September he passed 500 appearances for the Club.

In his Pools days he was a pacey winger or centre-forward but this season he’s been given more freedom to roam just behind the attack from where he has chipped in with an impressive ten goals.

Last Meeting
Doncaster Rovers 2 (Marquis 23, Mandeville 90)
Pools 1 (Amond pen 42)
Saturday 19th November 2017
Sky Bet League Two

Doncaster Rovers: Marosi (Etheridge 22), Alcock, Baudry, Butler, Mason, Rowe, Houghton, Blair, Coppinger (Keegan 89), Marquis, Mandeville.
Subs not used: Garrett, Wright, Evina, Longbottom, Beestin.

Pools: Carson, Richards, Bates, Nsiala, Carroll, Featherstone, Deverdics (Jones 88), Hawkins (Woods 63), Laurent, Amond, Alessandra (Paynter 82).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Harrison, Oates, Orrell.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be 100th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Doncaster have the edge historically having won 38 times in comparison to Pools’ 33 triumphs.

Rovers have won the last two games the teams have played, though it took a last-minute winner from Liam Mandeville when Pools travelled to The Keepmoat Stadium in November.

Pools’ last win in the fixture came back in August 2007 when goals from Godwin Antwi and Richard Barker helped Danny Wilson’s men to three points despite a late red card for Robbie Elliott.

Mark Brown will be back at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium for a second time this season to referee his ninth Pools game overall.

The official last took charge of Pools as recently as April when he was on the whistle for our 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth on home soil.

Brown’s most recent appointment came at Walsall last weekend when he saw MK Dons defeat The Saddlers 4-1 at The Banks’s Stadium.

Live Commentary
Pools legend Brian Honour will be back alongside Mark Simpson for full live commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD from 5.20pm.

Fans all over the world can access the live broadcast so if you can’t get along to the game then make sure to join the lads on Pools PlayerHD to keep up to date.

Click here now for more information on Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets for Pools fans have been reduced to £5 and have been selling very quickly – though fans are advised that there will be no sales on the day of the game due to Police advice.

Only standing tickets remain and fans have until 5.30pm on Friday to buy them from The Northern Gas and Power Ticket Office or online by clicking here.

Pools have been installed as a 29/10 shot for three points this weekend, with Doncaster priced as 17/20 favourites and a draw rated 11/4 with our friends at Sky Bet.

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Match Reports

We Can Come Back From This - Bates

7 May 2017

Matthew Bates admitted emotions were running high for everyone after a dramatic win over Doncaster Rovers proved insufficient for Pools to escape relegation from League Two.

The caretaker boss was visibly moved as he spoke to the press about Saturday afternoon’s events, which saw 18-year-old Devante Rodney come off the bench to score twice and provoke wild celebrations from a bumper home crowd.

However, despite coming from a goal down to win 2-1, Newport County’s late victory over Notts County meant that the Welsh outfit survived and Bates was left to ponder an eventually traumatic afternoon.

“It’s difficult to put in to words how I am feeling,” he told Pools PlayerHD.

“We went in at half time dead and buried but then it swung right around in the second half – you couldn’t have asked for a bigger swing and that makes it more disappointing at the end really.

“Devante took his goals so well. For his age, to come in to a game like that with Sky here and all the fans behind us and take his goals the way he did – I couldn’t have done that at his age, put it that way.

“I’ve said to the lads if we put in to isolation what they’ve done in the two weeks since I have been in charge and I couldn’t be more humbled by them and proud of them.

“There were tears in the dressing room; everyone was emotional, I was emotional. But I can’t criticise them for the last two games, they’ve been absolutely fantastic.

“The support was incredible. That’s why the players came and applauded them before the game because we wanted to show that appreciation.

“The performance was good but that will probably be forgotten about over the next week because we have been relegated.

“For the players and the staff, hopefully the performance can send us in to next year with hope that we can get this Club back where it belongs because we can do that.”

Watch the full post-match video interview with Matthew Bates right now on Pools PlayerHD.

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Ticket News

Ticket Sales For Saturday Eclipse 7,000

5 May 2017

Another strong morning of sales has seen Pools fans continue to snap up tickets in their numbers ahead of Saturday’s big game with Doncaster Rovers (5.30pm kick-off).

Tickets have been reduced to just £5 for all Pools fans but the Club would like to remind everyone that there will be no sales on the day of the game, due to Police advice.

With all seated areas of the stadium now full, there are less than 800 terrace tickets remaining as the game heads towards being a complete sell-out.

Tickets can be purchased direct from The Northern Gas and Power Ticket Office, online (click here) on the telephone by calling 01429 272 584.

The Ticket Office will be open until 5.30pm on Friday.

Fans are warned that tickets cannot be sold on and the Club reserves the right to ask for identification at the turnstiles or block tickets if necessary.

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