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Preview: Pools v Sheffield United

7 October 2014

We turn our attentions to this evening’s action as we preview our Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Second Round tie against Sheffield United at Victoria Park (7pm kick-off).

Johnstone’s Paint Trophy
Hartlepool United v Sheffield United
Tuesday 7th October 2014
Kick-off: 7pm

In Opposition
Sheffield United are hoping they can find a route back to the Championship at the fourth time of asking this season after some narrow misses in previous years.

The Blades suffered play-off heartache in their first two seasons down in League One before finishing just outside top six last term under Nigel Clough.

Now the former Derby County and Burton Albion boss will be determined to oversee another sustained drive on promotion and they’ve made a reasonably strong start to the new campaign.

After losing their opening two league outings, the Bramall Lane outfit have hit back strongly and had won six out of nine in all competitions and lost just once prior to Saturday’s 3-2 derby defeat at Chesterfield.

Last Meeting
Sheffield United 0 Hartlepool United 1 (Poole 37)
Tuesday 8th October 2014

Sheffield United: Howard, Westlake, Maguire, Collins, Coady, Doyle, Lappin, Taylor (Ironside 57), Baxter, King, Murphy (Hall 56).
Subs not used: Willis, Hill, McGinn.

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Duckworth, Austin, Burgess, Holden, Monkhouse (Richards 84), Walton, Compton (Franks 79), Walker, James (Rodney 85), Poole.
Subs not used: Rafferty, Sweeney.

Head To Head
Tonight will be just the thirteenth time the two sides have met in competitive action and it’s The Blades who have enjoyed the greater success historically having won on six occasions.

However, Pools have come out on top at the end of the last two meetings including knocking The Blades out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the same stage of the competition last term.

Form Guide
Pools: LWDLLD
Blades: WWLWWL

Team News
Pools are likely to be without Jack Compton and Stuart Parnaby while Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough decided to reveal his starting eleven 24 hours before kick-off.

Click here now for the full team news ahead of the game.

Referee
Carl Boyeson will take charge of his 20th Pools game this evening when he’s the man in the middle for our Trophy clash with Sheffield United at The Vic.

The experienced official first refereed us in April 2004 when he presided over a 2-2 draw at Kidderminster Harriers as Mike Newell’s men closed in on automatic promotion.

He was also on the whistle when Pools beat Bournemouth 3-2 in dramatic style in 2004, and when we overcame Southend United 4-3 in a thriller at The Vic in 2008.

At times he’s found Pools defending overly aggressive and during his nineteen previous games he’s shown a red card to Micky Barron, Michael Nelson and Peter Hartley (twice).

Tickets
Pools have reduced the prices for tonight’s game with adults paying just £10 and concessions available for just £5.

Tickets are available from the Ticket Office in advance but will also be available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off this evening.

Live Commentary
Brian Honour is back behind the microphone for Pools Player’s full live online commentary of this evening’s JPT tie against Sheffield United – our coverage begins at 6.50pm.

Click here now for more information on joining Pools Player and accessing our live commentary.

Competition Rules
Pools must name at least six of the eleven starters from Saturday’s game, or six of the eleven players in the squad who have made the most starts in all competitions so far this season.

If the tie is level at ninety minutes it will go directly to a penalty shootout without the requirement for any extra time.

Betting
Sheffield United have been made 4/5 favourites for victory tonight, with Pools priced at 7/2 and a draw rated a 5/2 shot with our betting partners Sky Bet.

Remember, betting with Sky Bet via these links can directly help the Club and could help us scoop £250,000 to spend on players in January – click here to get started.

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