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Match Preview: Pools return to action against Southend

16 March 2024

After a two-week break, Hartlepool United return to action as they host Southend United on Saturday afternoon in the National League (3pm kick-off).

The Lowdown

Before the lay-off, Pools had lost to Solihull Moors and Barnet, though they were unbeaten in the five games before that. Now sitting 12th with 47 points, Kevin Phillips' side will be looking to finish strongly with nine games remaining.

Southend are three points and two places above Pools, having beat Dorking Wanderers 2-0 on Tuesday night. Kevin Maher's outfit are currently on an eight-game unbeaten run, with their last defeat coming 35 days ago against York City.

The History

The sides have met 49 times in the past with Pools winning 14 times, Southend winning 25, and 10 matches ending in a draw.

Earlier this season, Pools ran out 3-2 winners after goals from Tom Crawford, Joe Grey and Charlie Seaman. Before that, Pools' last victory came in 2010 when a Roy O'Donovan hat-trick gave Chris Turner's side a 3-0 win in League One.

Team News

Tom Parkes will be in contention after completing his concussion protocol, while Luke Waterfall has returned from illness. Tom Crawford has also served his two-game suspension and will be eligble.

Anthony Mancini is building his sharpness in training and Otis Khan is continuing to recover at his parent club. Josh Umerah, Luke Hendrie and Dan Dodds also remain sidelined.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Stalemate against Southend

16 March 2024

In a tight contest, Pools were held to a goalless draw against Southend United at the Suit Direct Stadium.

Kevin Phillips made five changes to that side that lost to Barnet two weeks ago, as Pete Jameson, Luke Waterfall, Alex Lacey, Tom Crawford and Brennan Dickenson returned to the starting 11.

Pools were on top in the early stages, with Mani Dieseruvwe coming close twice but Southend keeper Colin Andeng-Ndi saved on both occasions.

It was then the visitors’ turn for a spell of pressure, with Gus Scott-Morriss forcing a brilliant block from Waterfall from a loose ball in the area.

Dieseruvwe and Dickenson responded with some solid link-up play before the latter's well-struck volley was saved comfortably by Andeng-Ndi.

Pools started the second half on the front foot as Dickenson forced Andeng-Ndi into a neat save just minutes in.

Southend captain Nathan Ralph continued to cause problems from left-back though and his cross found Henry Sandat in the area, whose header from close-range blazed over the bar.

Their pressure continued into the closing stages as Harry Cardwell met Jack Bridge’s corner, but again couldn’t direct his header on target. Just minutes later, Cardwell found himself in behind the Pools defence again, but his strong volley was matched by a brilliant save from Jameson.

And with neither side carving out a real goalscoring opportunity, the referee called time on a close-fought battle.

Pools: Jameson, Lacey (Agyemang 66), Waterfall, Parkes, Ferguson, Featherstone, Crawford, Cooper (Mancini 66 (Duffus 80)), Cooke, Dickenson, Dieseruvwe

Subs (not used): Dixon, Onariase

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