We turn our attentions to this evening's game with a full in-depth preview of Newport County's visit to Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United v Newport County
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 18th August 2015
The Story So Far
Newport County may still be searching for their first win of the season but new boss Terry Butcher was hugely encouraged by their second half performance in the draw with Stevenage on Saturday.
The former England captain was unveiled as the new manager at Rodney Parade during the summer and has been able to overhaul his young squad despite the departure of millionaire Chairman Les Scadding.
The Exiles were beaten 3-0 at fancied Cambridge United on the opening day before dropping out of the Capital One Cup to Championship outfit Wolves last midweek.
However, they came from behind to lead going in to the closing stages of Saturday’s home game against Stevenage only for the visitors to snatch a goal right at the death.
One To Watch
Regan Poole may only be 17 but he is already attracting big interest from higher divisions after slotting seamlessly in to the Newport County defence.
The teenager has reportedly interested Fulham and has also spent time with Liverpool and Manchester United though boss Butcher is hoping he signs the pro deal that has been offered to him at Rodney Parade.
The Wales Under-17 starlet became County’s youngest-ever player last season when he debuted against Shrewsbury Town aged just 16 years and 94 days.
Friday 3rd April 2015
Newport County 2 (Jones 44, O’Connor 48)
Hartlepool United 2 (Minshull og 15, Hugill 37)
Newport County: Day, Jones, Yakubu, Tutonda, Porter (Chapman 82), Minshull, Sandell, Klukowski (Jeffers 62), Byrne, O’Connor, Storey.
Subs not used: Stephens, Poole, Flynn, Parker, Collins.
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Austin, Jones, Harrison (Jones 79), Mirfin, Walker, Featherstone, Duckworth, Tshibola, Franks, Hugill (Harewood 89)
Subs not used: Maxted, Nelson-Addy, Hawkins, Richards, Smith.
Head To Head
There’s a symmetrical look to modern meetings between the two clubs with the sides sharing a victory each and two draws in the last four encounters.
Last term both games finished 2-2 – ironically, Pools came from 2-0 down in the game at The Vic in November before Newport came from two down in the return fixture in April.
Pools will wait on Harry Worley who is a doubt for the game after injuring his ankle during the early stages of the win over York City on Saturday.
Ben Toner will take charge of his second Pools game on Tuesday night when he’s the man in the middle for our clash with Newport County.
The official’s only other time as referee at The Vic came last season when he was on the whistle for our FA Cup First Round win over East Thurrock United.
His only previous refereeing appointment so far this term came on the opening day of the season when he oversaw Plymouth Argyle’s 2-0 win at AFC Wimbledon.
Tickets for the game are available now from the Victoria Park Ticket Office while they will also be available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.
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Fans all over the world can listen to live online commentary of Tuesday night’s game on Pools PlayerHD in the company of Brian Honour and Mark Simpson.
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Pools are 5/4 favourites for three points tonight, with County installed as an 11/5 shot for the win and the draw priced at 23/10 with Sky Bet.