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Stat Pack: Stevenage v Pools

8 August 2014

We bring you all the key facts and figures ahead of Saturday's game at Stevenage in an all-new feature for the 2014/15 campaign.

Head To Head
Pools have played Stevenage just five times – with the first meeting only coming in 2011/12 season.

Of those five meetings, four of which were in the League and one in the FA Cup, Stevenage have won three and the other two ended in draws.

So a victory for Colin Cooper’s men on Saturday would be the first ever for a Hartlepool United side against Stevenage.

Pools have only ever scored two goals past Stevenage, with Peter Hartley and Adam Boyd hitting the net in a 2-2 draw at The Lamex Stadium in August 2011.

This will be the first meeting of the two teams in League Two – all other league meetings came in League One.

The Opposition
Stevenage finished last season bottom of League One, having picked up 42 points throughout 2013/14.

Graham Westley’s side won 11 games last season (7 at home) and drew nine (5 at home).

Stevenage lost their opening game of 2013/14, with Oldham Athletic taking the points with a 4-3 victory.

In fact, it took Boro four attempts to pick up their first points of the season last year, with the first win coming at Notts County on August 24th.

Their next league win came some six games later when they beat Brentford on October 12th.

Stevenage kept ten clean sheets last season in the league – five at home and five on the road.

Westley’s team scored three league goals or more on seven occasions last term, conceding three or more on 13 occasions.

Pools
Pools lost their opening game of last season, leaving Rochdale on the back of a 3-0 defeat.

Colin Cooper’s side made it lucky seven, winning their seventh League Two fixture last season at home to Accrington Stanley – their first three points of the campaign.

Pools scored three goals or more on five occasions last season, conceding three or more in seven games – including the opening game of the season at Rochdale.

Pools kept 14 clean sheets last season, six of which came away from home.

Pools have added four new faces to the squad ahead of Saturday’s game with Tommy Miller and Michael Woods joining Stuart Parnaby and Matthew Bates in signing for the Club.

The new signings have been joined by loanee Ryan Brobbel from Middlesbrough.

Click here for full Opening Day of the Season stats for Pools.

Player Stats
Four players could make their Pools league debut tomorrow; Matthew Bates, Stuart Parnaby, Ryan Brobbel and Michael Woods.

Tommy Miller could make his second debut for the Club in the match at Stevenage tomorrow, seventeen years after making his first debut in the 3-1 defeat at Chester City in October 1997. The game will actually be Miller’s 142nd League appearance for Pools.

If Tommy scored on Saturday, it will be his 110th career goal.

If Scott Flinders starts for Pools tomorrow, it will be his 207th League start for Pools.

Marlon Harewood will make his 20th start for the Club if he is included in the eleven at Stevenage.

Michael Duckworth will make his 30th League appearance for Pools if he starts at The Lamex Stadium on Saturday.

If Darren Holden plays any part in the game on Saturday, it will be his 50th career appearance for Pools.

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