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Preview: Pools v Dagenham & Redbridge

30 November 2018

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Hartlepool United v Dagenham & Redbridge

We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Dagenham & Redbridge’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools v Dagenham & Redbridge
National League
Saturday 1st December 2018, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium

In Opposition
Dagenham & Redbridge arrive at The Super 6 Stadium on the crest of a wave having surged to the top of the National League’s form table with five wins from their last six outings.

The Daggers were saved from financial troubles in September when an American consortium involving former Manchester United and Everton goalkeeper completed a takeover deal.

That has allowed boss Peter Taylor to bolster his young squad with a number of new additions and as a result they have picked up form dramatically.

Having been struggling in the bottom four in the middle of October, The Daggers’ recent sequence of positive results have helped lift them to 17th and their eyes are now firmly fixed on mid-table at the very least.

Star Player
Conor Wilkinson has hit the ground running at Victoria Road since joining the club on loan from Gillingham at the start of November.

The 23-year-old front man has started the last three games and already scored four times to help The Daggers begin their climb up the National League table.

Standing at 6ft 3ins, Wilkinson offers a physical presence but also some EFL experience having played for a number of clubs on loan whilst with Bolton Wanderers before a move to Gillingham in 2017.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 13th competitive encounter between the sides and Pools have the edge historically having enjoyed seven victories in comparison to The Daggers’ four.

Pools have won four out of the last five meetings between the sides and you have to go back to August 2014 for the last time Dagenham won in Hartlepool.

There has been only one draw in the previous 12 meetings.

Last Meeting
Saturday 25th August 2018
Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (McQueen 36) Pools 2 (Woods 48, Noble pen 63)

Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, Gordon (Hyde 75), Davey, Pennell, McQueen, Goodliffe, Wright, Robinson, Donovan (Reynolds 60), Romaine, Adeloye (Kandi 60).
Subs not used: Moore, Hoyte.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Kitching, Magnay, Anderson, Noble, Donaldson, Woods (McLaughlin 86), Featherstone, Muir (Dinanga 89), James.
Subs not used: Catterick, Laing, Newton.

Joe Hull will take charge of his fifth Pools game and his second of this season when he’s the man in the middle for Saturday’s encounter with The Daggers.

The official was last on the whistle for a Pools fixture back in August when he saw us overcome Chesterfield with a battling display at The Super 6 Stadium.

Hull is in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees and last term he presided over our 1-0 win over Barrow in October, our 1-1 draw at Chester in January and the 1-0 defeat at home to Guiseley in April.

His most recent outing came last weekend as he oversaw Salford City’s goalless draw at Solihull Moors.

Live Coverage
Brian Honour will be back alongside Mark Simpson to provide live and uninterrupted commentary of Saturday’s game against Dagenham & Redbridge.

The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm to set the scene from The Super 6 Stadium before describing all the action as it unfolds for fans all over the world.

Pools PlayerHD is just £24.99 for the entire 2018/19 campaign – click here now for information on joining in time for the kick-off on Saturday.

Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 12noon until kick-off on Saturday.

We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand at 1.30pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.

Click here for more information on buying tickets for games at The Super 6 Stadium.

Pools have been installed as 17/20 favourites for three points on Saturday, with The Daggers rated 3/1 outsiders and the draw priced up at 5/2 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to visit Sky Bet and check out a full list of odds and price boosts ahead of kick-off.

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Match Reports

Late Goals Are Daggers To The Hart

1 December 2018

Pools were consigned to a seventh consecutive National League defeat as Dagenham & Redbridge came from behind to pinch all three points at The Super 6 Stadium.

With Director of Football Craig Hignett in temporary charge following the departure of boss Matthew Bates, Pools set about dominating the game against their in-form visitors.

The Daggers had won five out of their previous six but were second best for most of a cold afternoon in the north-east and were behind for the majority after Liam Noble’s early penalty.

However, they held their nerve and grabbed two astonishingly late goals to turn the game on its head and leave Pools wondering what they have to do to end their losing run.

Hignett opted to revert to three at the back with a recall for Peter Kioso to play on the left side of Carl Magnay and Kenton Richardson to his right.

Liam Noble was restored to the centre of a midfield four, while Josh Hawkes was employed just behind a front two of Niko Muir and Luke James.

And the positive set-up provided Pools with the platform to attack from the off and they were instantly on the front foot, Josh Hawkes stinging the keeper’s hands with a drive from a tight angle after a great one-two with Nicky Featherstone.

Muir almost profited from tenacious play from James when his curling shot was blocked and then James himself came close after scurrying in to space on the left of the area but his effort hit the side-netting.

There were just 12 minutes gone when the breakthrough arrived though. A ball to the far post seemed to be finding Mark Kitching but he was tugged by a defender and the referee was well-placed to award a penalty – Noble did the rest with a calm finish from the spot.

Kitching headed wide when getting on the end of another delivery to the far post and then Hawkes came closest of all when he ghosted in on the edge of the box and his deflected shot seemed to be going in before Eliott Justham produced a wonderful save to tip it over the bar.

Pools remained on top but The Daggers began to look a threat on the counter-attack and Conor Wilkinson did well to jink inside and fire a low shot on goal which Scott Loach dealt with low to his right.

Muir had the final good chance of the first half when some good football led to the ball being drilled in to his feet on the edge of the area where he turned swiftly to shoot but Justham turned it round the post.

Pools began the second half on the front foot too when James showed skill and pace to get away from his man down the right of the area before crossing low for Muir but he just couldn’t direct his effort inside the post.

There were penalty appeals when James took a tumble under pressure from Manny Onariase that were waved away and Carl Magnay came agonisingly close to scoring from the resultant corner but just couldn’t get enough contact on Noble’s in-swinger.

The dangerous Hawkes then tested Justham again from a tight angle after great work to get away from McQueen but his shot was held by the keeper.

However, Justham had no answer a couple of minutes later when Noble jinked in to space on the edge of the box and let fly but the skipper’s drive cannoned back off the base of the post and Featherstone’s follow-up was straight at the keeper.

Ryan Donaldson flashed a deflected shot just wide and some delightful football created another opening for Hawkes but he opted to try and pass instead of shooting and the chance evaporated.

The tiring Kitching was replaced by Conor Newton with a minute left but the substitute’s first action was to foul his man on the right fringe of the area and from the free-kick Ben Goodliffe was left free to head home a 90th-minute leveller at the back post.

Losing that goal was disappointing enough for Pools but then, in injury time, The Daggers broke effectively from a Pools corner to raid down the right. When the ball came low across the box it was pushed out by Loach only as far as Matt Robinson and the midfielder couldn’t believe his luck as he drove it in to the net to win the points for the visitors.

Full Time: Pools 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 2

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Magnay, Kioso, Donaldson, Featherstone, Noble, Kitching (Newton 88), Hawkes (McLaughlin 77), James, Muir (Dinanga 86).
Subs not used: Butler, O’Neill.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, Nunn (Adeloye 82), Robinson, Pennell, McQueen, Balanta, Goodliffe, Phipps (Kandi 66), Wilkinson, Munns (Harfield 54), Onariase.
Subs not used: Clark, Moore.

Booked: Phipps, Robinson.

Attendance: 2,030 (43 Dagenham).

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