We preview Saturday’s FA Cup First Round tie against Notts County at Victoria Park (3pm kick-off).
Hartlepool United v Notts County
FA Cup Round One
Saturday 9th November 2013, 3pm
Pools take a small break from League Two action with a couple of cup games at The Vic, starting with this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Notts County.
Notts County have suffered a disappointing start to the season and currently lie at the foot of the League One table.
Poor results cost previous boss Chris Kiwomya his job recently, with the former Ipswich front man shown the door following a home defeat to Preston North End.
The club this week moved to appoint Kiwomya’s successor with Shaun Derry – who came through the youth system at Meadow Lane – agreeing a Player Manager contract and bringing former Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott as his assistant.
Derry won’t be able to play for The Magpies until next season though, due to League rules which prevent players from representing more than two clubs in one term – the new boss has already played for QPR and Millwall.
While Derry may be inexperienced when it comes to management, it will surely help having Abbott’s know-how alongside him and County fans will be hoping their season can turn with the new men in charge.
Last Time Out
The last time the two sides met was at The Vic back in February when Pools came out on top by two goals to one. However, it was more the names of the scorers rather than the scoreline which attracted the headlines, with media all over the world interested in the Hartley-Poole match-winners!
Stories emerged as far away as Australia thanks to the aptly-named pair’s goals though Keith Curle wasn’t laughing – the Magpies boss lost his job in the wake of defeat to Pools.
Head To Head
Jack Compton returns from his three-game suspension on Saturday but Christian Burgess will be forced to sit the game out after reaching five yellow cards.
Prices for this game have been reduced, with tickets available in advance from the Ticket Office and on the turnstiles on the day of the game.
Legend Brian Honour joins us for full live commentary on Saturday’s game on Pools Player from 2.50pm.
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The bookies make Pools slight favourites for the win at odds of 11/8, while County are rated a 15/8 shot and the price is 12/5 on the tie going to a replay.