We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full in-depth preview of our game against Southend United at Roots Hall.
Sky Bet League Two
Southend United v Hartlepool United
Saturday 15th November 2014
Southend United remain in the final League Two play-off place at the moment despite a worrying run of form which has seen them win just once in the last seven games in all competitions.
A 2-1 success at Mansfield Town gave some respite following a run of just two points from a possible fifteen, but they were humbled at home by Conference side Chester in the FA Cup last weekend.
Home form has been a cause for concern to Blues boss Phil Brown who has seen his side without a win in the last four at Roots Hall and he’ll be hoping that trend can be ended on Saturday.
After finishing fifth in League Two last term they were beaten by Fleetwood Town in the semi-finals, so will be hoping to at least finish inside the top seven again this time around.
Tuesday 18th February 2014
Southend United 1 (Corr 43)
Hartlepool United 1 (Walker 59)
Southend United: Bentley, White, Phillips, Straker (Eastwood 72), Leonard, Coker, Timlin, Atkinson, Hurst, Corr.
Subs not used: Smith, Laird, Payne, Gomis, Williams, Barnard.
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Richards, Collins, Burgess, Holden, Walton, Williams, Walker, Monkhouse (Compton 86), Harewood, James.
Subs not used: Rafferty, Duckworth, Franks, Barmby, Sweeney, Poole.
Head To Head
Southend have the edge in this fixture historically, having won 23 of the 46 previous meetings in comparison to Pools’ 13 victories.
Games between the sides usually produce goals, indeed there has only been one goalless draw and that came back in September 2001 at Roots Hall.
Paul Murray will have Scott Harrison and Charlie Wyke available again after they missed the FA Cup tie, and new signing Scott Fenwick is also in contention for a first involvement.
Patrick Miller will take charge of his seventh Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our trip to Roots Hall.
The last twice he has officiated Pools game they have ended all-square – a 1-1 draw at Colchester in April 2012 and a 1-1 draw at Swindon in April 2011 when Gary Liddle was shown a red card.
So far this season the experienced official has refereed twelve games across all three Football League divisions, while his latest outing was in Bristol City’s FA Cup win at Gillingham last week.
Tickets for the game will be available to Pools fans on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Roots Hall.
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Pools are rated 9/2 for three points this weekend, with the hosts 8/13 favourites and the draw priced at 11/4 with our betting partners Sky Bet.
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