We turn our attentions to this weekend’s game with a full and in-depth preview of Wycombe Wanderers’ Sky Bet League Two visit to Victoria Park.
Hartlepool United v Wycombe Wanderers
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 16th January 2016
The Story So Far
Wycombe Wanderers have recovered well from the agony of their penalty shootout defeat to Southend United in last season’s Play-Off Final and are going well again this time around.
An unbeaten opening month answered any questions about whether Gareth Ainsworth’s men could mount another challenge for promotion after emerging as last term’s dark horses.
The Chairboys have shrugged off a dismal October during which they lost four out of six and have tasted defeat just twice since to lodge themselves in sixth position ahead of Saturday’s game.
As well as prospering once again in the table, Ainsworth’s men have an exciting FA Cup replay at Aston Villa to look forward to, knowing that victory would set-up a mouth-watering tie against Manchester City in Round Four.
One To Watch
Wycombe Wanderers fans got the perfect start to 2016 when news was announced that midfield star Michael Harriman had signed a permanent deal at Adams Park.
The 23-year-old has been in superb form in the centre of the park for Wanderers this term after joining the club on loan from Queens Park Rangers in the summer.
He’s become a big favourite with Chairboys fans during that stint – his second in Wycombe colours – and he scored two of his six goals this season in their 2-1 win over Pools in November.
Saturday 5th September 2015
Wycombe Wanderers 2 (Harriman 26,56)
Hartlepool United 1 (Magnay 43)
Wycombe Wanderers: Ingram, Jombati, Jacobson, Rowe, Harriman, Donacien, Thompson, Bean, Banton (Sellers 75), O’Nien, Hayes (Kretzschmar 62).
Subs not used: Lynch, McGinn, Bloomfield.
Hartlepool United: Bartlett, Magnay (s/o 86), Carroll, Worley, Harrison, Jones (Oyenuga 69), Woods, Featherstone, Bingham, Paynter (Fenwick 58), Oates (Smith 80).
Subs not used: Denton, Boyce, Nelson-Addy, Hawkins.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the fourteenth time the sides have met in competitive action and it’s fair to say that Wycombe Wanderers have certainly enjoyed the edge over that time.
The Chairboys have won the last eight encounters between the teams, enjoying a 2-1 success when Ronnie Moore’s men travelled to Adams Park earlier this season.
You have to go back to 2009/10 for the last time Pools had any joy in this fixture when Adam Boyd’s goal eleven minutes from time rescued a point from a 1-1 draw at Victoria Park.
Ronnie Moore is without the services of Matthew Bates who has a toe injury, while Carl Magnay is still struggling with a groin problem. New signing Nathan Thomas is hoping for a debut.
It will be the seventh time that Mark Brown has been in charge of a Pools game when he referees our encounter with Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
The last occasion saw Pools come from two goals down to earn a precious point against Newport County at The Vic November 2014.
However, he’s not been a particularly lucky charm for us over the years – the only win he’s seen was when he overcame Peterborough United 2-0 in October 2010.
His most recent outing came in the Championship when he was on the whistle for Nottingham Forest’s 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at The City Ground on Tuesday night.
Tickets are on sale from the Victoria Park Ticket Office right now but they will also be available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off on the day of the game.
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Fans all over the world will be able to enjoy full live online commentary of Saturday’s game in the company of Mark Simpson and Brian Honour by logging-on to Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.
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Pools are rated a 14/5 shot for the three points this weekend with visitors Wycombe installed as even money favourite and the draw priced at 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.