We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Leyton Orient's Sunday visit to Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United v Leyton Orient
Sky Bet League Two
Sunday 15th November 2015
The Story So Far
Leyton Orient were the form side in the country during the opening month of the campaign when they won their first five games to storm to the top of League Two.
It marked a perfect start for new boss Ian Hendon who was appointed to steady the ship at Brisbane Road during the summer following their relegation from League One last term.
The O’s found the pace of the first month difficult to maintain and they didn’t taste victory at all during October though two wins since have helped keep them in a play-off spot.
A 1-0 home defeat to Accrington Stanley was a blow, but Orient hit back by smashing six past Staines Town in the FA Cup last weekend and they’ll be hoping that helps them rediscover their best form in the league.
One To Watch
Dean Cox was restored to the starting eleven for last weekend’s thrashing of Staines Town and the winger responded by scoring twice – the second a stunning long-range free-kick.
The pint-sized danger man is a threat in wide areas but is also capable of coming inside and impacting on the game in a more central area and that’s something Pools will have to deal with if he plays on Sunday.
A former Brighton & Hove Albion schemer, Cox is actually now Orient’s longest-serving player having made the move to Brisbane Road back in the summer of 2010.
Saturday 6th February 2013
Hartlepool United 2 (Hartley 88, James 90)
Leyton Orient 1 (Rowlands pen 8)
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Austin, Collins Horwood, Baldwin, Hartley, Humphreys, Walton (Monkhous 61), Franks (James 80), Poole (Howard 61), Wyke.
Subs not used: McHugh, Holden, Luscombe, Rutherford.
Leyton Orient: Jones, Sawyer (Clarke 62), Cuthbert, Baudry, Odubajo, Cook, Rowlands, James, MacDonald, Batt (Vincelot 89), Mooney (Smith 80).
Subs not used: Grainger, Omuzusi, McSweeney, Griffith.
Head To Head
Sunday’s game will represent the 45th competitive meeting between the two clubs and it’s a fairly even record over the years, with Orient shading it thanks to 18 victories to Pools’ 17.
The last three encounters have all gone with home advantage, while there has only been one draw in the last ten games – a 1-1 result at Brisbane Road in November 2011.
Sky Sports’ band of neutral viewers on Sunday may be pleased to learn there have been only three goalless draws between the clubs in the previous 44 meetings.
Ronnie Moore welcomes Carl Magnay back in to contention following his suspension, while Scott Harrison is also available after shrugging off a hamstring problem.
Paul Tierney will be in charge of a Pools game for the ninth time this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for our clash with Orient.
His previous visit to The Vic was last October when he oversaw Luton Town’s 2-1 win in the north-east, while he was also in charge for our 0-0 draw with Portsmouth in November 2013.
Tierney was the referee for an ill-tempered encounter with Walsall in August 2011 when he showed red cards to Pools’ Nathan Luscombe and Saddlers’ skipper Andy Butler.
His most recent outing was in the Premier League when he was the official for West Ham United’s 1-1 draw with Everton at Upton Park last Saturday.
Tickets for the weekend game are available now from the Victoria Park Ticket Office or on the turnstiles prior to kick-off – prices have been slashed to just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
Pools fans all over the world can listen to live commentary of Sunday’s game in the company of legend Brian Honour on Pools PlayerHD from 12.05pm.
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Pools have been made a 100/30 bet for three points on Sunday, with Orient installed as 4/5 favourites and the draw priced at 13/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.