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Match Preview: Pools face final home test of the year

26 December 2023

John Askey's side welcome Oldham Athletic to the Suit Direct Stadium in Boxing Day action on Tuesday afternoon (3pm kick-off).

The Lowdown

Pools were 3-0 down to Wealdstone at the weekend, but fought back on the road to secure a 4-4 draw. That point leaves Askey's men in 15th place, with 28 points on the board.

Oldham, who sit 11th in the National League, were defeated 2-1 by Gateshead last time out. However, Micky Mellon's outfit have won their last three away games.

The History

The sides have met 70 times in the past, dating back to 1935. Pools have won 22, 15 have ended in a draw, and Oldham have notched 33 victories. 

The last two meetings, during the 2021/22 season, finished in goalless draws. Pools' last victory came away from home on Boxing Day in 2011 through James Poole's early strike.

Team News

Zak Johnson and Mani Dieseruvwe are expected to miss Tuesday's fixture after coming off with injuries at Wealdstone.

Charlie Seaman, Tom Crawford, Luke Hendrie, Alex Lacey and Dan Dodds also remain on the treatment table.

Anthony Mancini has shown good progress in training and could return to selection over the coming weeks.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Pools defeated on Boxing Day

26 December 2023

An early Joe Grey goal wasn’t enough as Hartlepool were beaten 3-1 by Oldham Athletic at the Suit Direct Stadium on Boxing Day.

John Askey made three changes to the side from the 4-4 draw at Wealdstone on Saturday with Josh Umerah, Mitch Hancox and Brody Paterson coming into the side.

Hartlepool took an early lead when Grey marked his 100th appearance for the club with a goal. The striker latched onto a fantastic pass from Hancox to slot the ball past Matthew Hudson and into the bottom corner.

The lead didn’t last long though, as Oldham responded with two goals in the space of eight minutes.

On the 9th minute, Josh Stones capitalised on a loose ball in the Pools penalty area to turn the ball home past Joel Dixon.

Stones then became provider eight minutes later as he intercepted a poor pass from Manny Onariase before slotting the ball through to strike partner James Norwood, who cooly converted his effort.

Pools’ Callum Cooke and Brody Patterson had chances to level the score in the closing stages of the first half but couldn’t find the back of the net.

The visitors started the second half strongly, with Stones missing multiple chances to increase his tally for the day.

Oldham did increase their lead in the 64th minute as Stones turned two men in the Hartlepool box before squaring the ball to Norwood to grab his second with a simple tap-in.

Fan favourite Anthony Mancini returned to action on the 74th minute, as he replaced Hancox from the bench - his first appearance since the end of August.

It didn’t take long for Mancini to make an impact as he burst through Oldham’s midfield before finding Grey, but his effort was saved by Hudson.

Hartlepool couldn’t create enough to get back in the game though as the visitors came out comfortable winners.

The defeat leaves Pools sitting 16th in the National League and without a win in their last five league games.

Pools: Dixon, Brennan, Onariase, Ferguson, Paterson (Burton 67), Featherstone, Hancox (Mancini 74), Hastie (Stephenson 67), Cooke, Grey, Umerah

Subs (not used): Jameson, Wallace

Goals: Grey (5)

Oldham goals: Stones (9), Norwood (17, 64)

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