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Preview: Pools v Accrington Stanley

19 April 2016

We turn our attentions to Tuesday evening's action with everything you need to know ahead of Accrington Stanley's visit to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Accrington Stanley
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 19th April 2016
Kick-off: 7.45pm

The Story So Far
Accrington Stanley arrive at Victoria Park having fallen out of the top three in League Two but there’s no doubt they remain firmly in the race for automatic promotion.

They trail third-placed Bristol Rovers on goal difference alone and are only one point behind second-placed Oxford United with four games left to play.

Stanley have hit form at a good time too – they’re unbeaten in the last eight and have won five of those games, including their last three away from home.

John Coleman already had the accolade of being their most successful manager but if he can guide the Club all the way to League One then he’ll further enhance his legendary status at The Crown Ground.

One To Watch
Josh Windass may have already agreed a deal to join Rangers in the summer but the talented attacker will be going all out to play his part in a promotion before he departs.

The 22-year-old scored both goals in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Morecambe and is looking to recapture his best form after making a quick impact on his recent return from hernia surgery.

A former Huddersfield Town youngster, Windass had been playing non-league football with Harrogate Railway before winning a deal with Accrington in the summer of 2014.

Last Meeting
Tuesday 19th January 2016
Accrington Stanley 3 (Buxton 23, McCartan 45, 58)
Hartlepool United 1 (Bingham 77)

Accrington Stanley: Mooney, Pearson, Wright, Buxton, Conneely, Mingoia, McConville (Procter 89), Crooks, Halliday, McCartan (Bruna 83), Kee (Gornell 75).
Subs not used: Etheridge, Davies, Wakefield, Barry.

Hartlepool United: Carson, Richards, Harrison, Jackson, Carroll, Oates, Woods (Gray 64), Featherstone, Thomas (Hawkins 61), Harrison, Fenwick (Bingham 61).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Jones, Walker, Smith.

Head To Head
Tuesday evening’s game will be the 73rd competitive encounter between the two sides and Pools have enjoyed the edge historically, having won 34 times in comparison to Accrington’s 24.

However, The Reds have won two of the last three meetings and you have to go back to September 2013 for the last Pools triumph a – goals from Jonathan Franks and Andy Monhouse securing a 2-1 win at The Vic.

Accrington’s record at The Vic doesn’t make great reading for Stanley fans – they’ve not won in the north-east since April 1955 and they’ve had eight attempts since then without success.

Team News
Craig Hignett must assess the fitness of Jake Carroll and Billy Paynter, while Jake Gray and Rob Jones could come in to contention for a return after being rested for the weekend win over York City.


Referee
Stephen Martin will take charge of his fourth Pools game on Tuesday evening when he’s the man in the middle for our encounter against Accrington Stanley.

The official was last on the whistle for a Pools fixture when Stevenage won 3-1 at The Vic last February, while he also oversaw our 2-0 defeat at Newport County in November 2013.

Perhaps more memorably, Martin was in charge when Pools drew 0-0 with Vauxhall Motors at The Vic in November 2010 – when he sent Ritchie Humphreys off for a challenge on the visiting keeper.

Ticket Information
Pools fans can buy their tickets for this game in advance from the Victoria Park Ticket Office or direct on the turnstiles prior to kick-off on the day.

Click here for full information on buying tickets for games at The Vic.

Live Commentary
Fans all over the world will be able to listen to full live online commentary with Mark Simpson and Brian Honour on Pools PlayerHD when our coverage will be available from 7.35pm.

Click here now for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD in time to listen-in.

Betting
Pools are rated 29/10 for all three points on Tuesday evening, with visitors Accrington installed as 19/20 favourites and the draw priced at 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.


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