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Preview: Pools v Southend United

5 April 2015

We turn our attentions to Monday's game with a full, in-depth preview of our Sky Bet League Two meeting with Southend United at Victoria Park.

Sky Bet League Two
Hartlepool United v Southend United
Monday 6th April 2015
Kick-off: 3pm

In Opposition
Southend United consolidated their position inside the League Two play-off zone when they overcame Mansfield Town 2-0 at Roots Hall on Good Friday.

Having built up a seven point cushion on eighth place, Phil Brown’s men could yet nudge themselves in to contention for an automatic spot if they hit top form during the run-in.

The Blues have lost just once in their last seven outings and they have kept things particularly tight on home soil where impressive keeper Daniel Bentley has not conceded a league goal since October.

Last Meeting
Saturday 15th November 2014
Southend United 1 (Worrall 65)
Hartlepool United 0

Southend United: Bentley, White, Thompson, Prosser, Bolger, Worrall, Timlin, Hurst, Leonard, Payne, Corr.
Subs not used: Smith, Matsuzaka, Atkinson, Clifford, Deegan, Coulthirst, Layne.

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Duckworth, Collins, Harrison, Austin, Franks, Walker, Featherstone, Schmeltz (Richards 56), Crooks (Fenwick 56), Wyke (Harewood 79).
Subs not used: Holden, Bates, Jones, Hawkins.

Head To Head
Monday’s game will be the 48th competitive meeting between the two sides and over the years it’s Southend who have enjoyed the upper hand having won 24 times to Pools’ 13.

Indeed, Pools have won just one of the last six encounters – that was when loan star Roy O’Donovan scored all three goals in a 3-0 triumph at The Vic in March 2010.

While there have been ten draws during the course of the previous 47 meetings, the two sides have yet to produce a goalless game.

Form Guide
Southend United: DDWLDW

Team News
Ronnie Moore has no new injury worries ahead of the Easter Monday game against Southend United at Victoria Park.

Click here now for all the latest team news ahead of the game.

Pools fans have seen plenty of Graham Salisbury in the past because the experienced official has taken charge of fifteen of our games over the course of the last thirteen years.

He first oversaw a Pools fixture at the start of the 2001/02 campaign when he was the man in the middle for a 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town, while his most recent Pools appointment was for our 2-1 win over Dagenham in November 2013.

Among the lowlights from his games refereeing Pools was when we were knocked out of the FA Cup by Tamworth in December 2005.

Pools have once again slashed ticket prices for Monday’s game to just £10 for adults and £5 concessions in standing areas, and £12 for adults and £6 for concessions in the seats.

Click here now for full information on joining us for this game and helping us Pack The Park.

Live Commentary
Pools Player will be on-air from 2.50pm providing fans all over the world with full live online commentary of the game against Southend.

Click here now for all the info you need if you want to join Pools Player for the season run-in.

Pools are rated a 9/4 shot to collect all three points on Monday with visitors Southend installed as 21/20 favourites for a win and a draw priced at 12/5 with our partners at Sky Bet.

Click here now for all the latest odds ahead of Monday’s round of football.

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