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Preview: Pools v Dagenham & Redbridge

11 March 2016

We turn our attentions to Saturday's game by bringing you everything you need to know ahead of Dagenham's visit to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Dagenham & Redbridge
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 12th March 2016
Kick-off: 3pm

The Story So Far
John Still returned for a third spell in charge at Dagenham & Redbridge at the turn of the year in a bid to help them clamber away from the bottom of League Two.

It may have taken longer than he had hoped to kick-start The Daggers’ survival attempts but their start to March will have increased optimism around Victoria Road.

Still has seen his side keep three clean sheets in their last four outings and their 1-0 win over second-bottom York City last Saturday could yet prove crucial to them come the end of the season.

Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with play-off hopefuls Carlisle United further underlined their progress and they will arrive at Victoria Park this Saturday feeling much better about themselves than they did two weeks ago.

One To Watch
The talented midfielder joined The Daggers on loan from Charlton Athletic in January and has been a regular in the side ever since, making eleven appearances so far in total.

A gradute of The Addicks’ Academy, Muldoon has previously spent time on loan at Gillingham but made his Dagenham debut against Everton in the FA Cup.

Pools will have to keep an eye on him from dead-ball situations where his sweet left foot is capable of causing problems, either in terms of shooting or creating.

Last Meeting
Saturday 17th October 2015
Dagenham & Redbridge 0
Hartlepool United 1 (Paynter 34)

Dagenham & Redbridge: O’Brien, Passley, Nosworthy, Pask, Hoyte, Raymond (Sutherland 73), Mulraney (Jones 46), Ferdinand, Cureton, Chambers (McClure 67), Hemmings.
Subs not used: Cousins, Dikamona, Connors, Doidge.

Hartlepool United: Carson, Hendrie, Harrison, Okuonghae, Jones (Banton 74), Carroll, Featherstone, Walker, Bingham (Woods 82), Paynter, Oates (Bates 89).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Boyce, Oyenuga, Fenwick.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be only the ninth competitive encounter between the two sides and Pools have shaded it historically having won four times in comparison to Dagenham’s three.

Pools won 1-0 at Victoria Road earlier in the season but The Daggers enjoyed good fortune last term when they completed the league double over us, with a pair of 2-0 victories.

This fixture has only once ended all-square – that draw came back in October 2010 when Mark Arber’s late own goal cancelled out the earlier own goal scored by Peter Hartley.

Team News
Craig Hignett will hope to have Adam Jackson back in contention after the defender missed last Saturday’s 3-1 win at Barnet with a thigh strain.

Darren England steps in to take charge of his second-ever Pools game this weekend when he oversees our game against Dagenham & Redbridge at The Vic.

The game was originally due to be refereed by Christopher Sarginson but England has stepped in and will now be on the whistle on Saturday afternoon.

The only other time he has officiated a Pools game was on the opening day of the current campaign when we enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Morecambe at The Vic.

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 by joining Mark Simpson and Brian Honour on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm on Saturday.

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

Pools have been installed as 5/4 favourites for victory on Saturday, with the visitors priced at 21/10 for three points and draw rated a 12/5 shot with our friends at Sky Bet.

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