We look ahead to Saturday's game against Shrewsbury Town at Victoria Park with our in-depth preview of the action.
Sky Bet League Two
Hartlepool United v Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 6th September 2014
Shrewsbury Town were one of the busiest clubs on the transfer front during the summer, bringing in fifteen new players on the back of relegation from League One.
The popular return of former striker James Collins was a boost for supporters following last season’s struggles, while the acquisitions of James Wesolowski and Mickey Demertious also outlined the club’s intent.
New boss Micky Mellon has been given licence to build his own squad at Greenhous Meadow and it’s reaping rewards early on as The Shrews have enjoyed an excellent start to the new campaign.
They remain unbeaten in the league so far and have been formidable on home soil where they have won all of their four outings in all competitions.
Saturday 12th January 2013
Shrewsbury Town 1 (Taylor 23) Hartlepool United 1 (Wyke 55)
Shrewsbury Town: Weale, Grandison, Jacobson, Jones, Goldson, Purdie (Bradshaw 65), Richards, Taylor, McAllister, Morgan (Summerfield 76), Rodgers (McGinn 65).
Subs not used: Anyon, Mambo, Gayle, Parry.
Pools: Flinders, Richards, Collins, Hartley, Horwood, Humphreys, Walton (Austin 78), Sweeney, Franks, Wyke (Poole 78), Howard.
Subs not used: McHugh, Baldwin, Holden, Monkhouse, James.
Head To Head
The Shrews have won five of their seven League Two outings so far this season and will hope to get back to that impressive form after tasting defeat for the first time at Preston on Tuesday in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Colin Cooper is set to be without Lewis Hawkins who is still out with an ankle injury picked up in training.
Jeremy Simpson will take charge of his fifth Pools game this weekend when he takes the whistle for our clash against Shrewsbury.
He’s taken control of some feisty encounters already this term, brandishing 26 yellow cards and two red cards in just five fixtures so far.
Simpson has twice sent-off Pools players in the past, flashing red at Steve Howard (against Oxford last September) and Simon Walton (against MK Dons last March).
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Pools are rated 12/5 for all three points this weekend while Shrewsbury have been installed as 5/4 favourites and the draw is available at 21/10 right now with Sky Bet.
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