We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full, in-depth preview of our Saturday's Sky Bet League Two game at Adams Park.
Wycombe Wanderers v Hartlepool United
Saturday 3rd January 2015
Wycombe Wanderers have emerged as one of the surprise candidates for automatic promotion this season and currently joint-top of the division alongside Shrewsbury Town.
It’s been a remarkable turnaround for the Buckinghamshire outfit who only escaped relegation to the Conference last term by virtue of goal difference on a tense final day.
However, from the very first day of the new campaign – when they won 2-0 at Newport County – Wanderers have been impressive and their confidence has grown with every good result.
They’ve tasted league defeat just three times so far and conceded just 20 goals in their 23 outings so Pools will know they have their work cut out when they arrive at Adams Park on Saturday.
Saturday 29th November 2014
Hartlepool United 1 (Harewood 84)
Wycombe Wanderers 3 (Cowan-Hall 33, Bloomfield 76, Mawson 79)
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Richards, Bates, Lanzoni, Austin, Featherstone, Walker (Franks 65), Dolan, Campbell (Schmeltz 58), Harewood, Fenwick.
Subs not used: Maxted, Jones, Woods, Hawkins, Ironside.
Wycombe Wanderers: Ingram, Jombati, Jacobson, Pierre, Murphy, Mawson, Scowen, Bloomfield, Cowan-Hall (Onyendinma 82), Hayes (Kretzchmar 89), Craig (McClure 78).
Subs not used: Richardson, Fletcher, Rowe, Lewis.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the twelfth time the two sides have met in competitive action, with the first encounter not arriving until relatively recently in 2003.
Pools held the upper hand in those earlier years, enjoying victories in three of the first four meetings - including a 1-0 triumph at Adams Park in April 2007 which sealed promotion to League One.
However, The Chairboys are on a real roll against Pools in more recent times and their 3-1 success at Victoria Park earlier this season was their fifth consecutive win over us.
Tommy Miller is ruled out with an ongoing calf problem, while Marlon Harewood will sit the game out through suspension. Michael Woods is back available after serving his one-match ban.
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Darren Deadman will be taking charge of his tenth Pools game this weekend when he is handed the job of officiating the fixture at Adams Park.
The experienced whistler first took a Pools game back in November 2005 when a red card for Thomas Butler hampered us in a 1-0 defeat at Gillingham.
His most recent game refereeing Pools was at on the final day of last season when he oversaw Exeter City’s 2-0 win at Victoria Park.
Deadman was the referee for our fine 3-2 away win at Sheffield United in December 2012 and he was also the man in charge when we battered Grimsby 4-1 at Blundell Park in September 2006.
So far this season he has refereed 17 games and has shown red cards in five of his last seven outings.
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for Saturday’s game on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Adams Park.
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Wycombe Wanderers are big 8/15 favourites to take all three points on Saturday, while you can back Pools to win the game at odds of 5/1 and the draw is available at 3/1 with Sky Bet.
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