We turn the focus on the weekend action with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two trip to Doncaster Rovers.
Doncaster Rovers v Pools
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 19th November 2016
Doncaster Rovers have made a promising start to the new campaign following their relegation from League One last year and remain unbeaten on home soil in the league.
Darren Ferguson has assembled a talented squad who currently lie third in the League Two table and are top scorers in the division with 33 goals to their name in their 16 games so far.
At the heart of their success would appear to be a consistency in selection from the Scot; no fewer than five of Rovers’ players have started in every league game this term.
After a little stutter in form at the end of October and an exit from the FA Cup, last weekend’s come from behind win at Exeter City helped them maintain their automatic promotion position.
Rovers legend James Coppinger has underlined his importance to the team once again in the opening months of the new season, starting every league game so far and scoring six goals.
The 35-year-old has now played over 500 games for the club he first joined back in 2004 following a two-year stint at Exeter City.
Of course, Pools fans may remember Coppinger had a couple of loan spells with us in 2000 and 2002 – and while his game may have changed considerably since those days as a pacy winger, he’s still no less of a threat this weekend.
Saturday 2nd March 2013
Doncaster Rovers 3 (Hume 35, Coppinger 54, Paynter 81)
Doncaster Rovers: Woods, Quinn, Husband, Jones, Spurr, McCombe, Syers, Cotterill (Bennett 85), Lundstram, Coppinger, Hume (Paynter 63).
Subs not used: Maxted, Wakefield, Harper, Sinclair, Ball.
Pools: Flinders, Austin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood, Baldwin, Humphreys, Monkhouse, Franks (Howard 59), Poole (James 59), Wyke.
Subs not used: McHugh, Holden, Luscombe, Walker, Rutherford.
Head To Head
This weekend’s game will be the 99th competitive meeting between the two sides and Doncaster have the edge historically having won on 37 occasions in comparison to Pools’ 33 victories.
Rovers have won two of the last three encounters, with Pools’ last success coming with a 2-1 win on home turf in August 2007 thanks to goals from Godwin Antwi and Richard Barker.
Pools have lost on their previous two visits to The Keepmoat Stadium but they did win in Doncaster in their final trip to Rovers’ old Belle Vue ground in 2005/06 when a Jon Daly goal was enough to secure three points.
Mark Haywood will be in charge of his 17th Pools game this weekend when he’s on the whistle for our trip to face Doncaster Rovers.
The experienced official was last on the whistle for a Pools fixture when we drew 0-0 at home to Northampton Town in February, while he also oversaw our games at Stevenage and Morecambe in 2014/15.
His most recent outing came in the FA Cup as he oversaw Coventry City’s 2-1 replay win over Morecambe at The Ricoh Arena on Tuesday.
There’ll be full live online commentary on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm on Saturday so fans all over the world can keep in touch with the action as it unfolds.
Click here now for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD in time to listen to our live coverage.
Pools fans can buy their tickets in advance from The Northern Gas and Power Stadium up until 2pm on Friday though they will also be made available at Doncaster prior to kick-off on the day of the game.
Click here now for all the information on buying tickets for this fixture.
Doncaster have been installed as 7/10 favourites for the three points with Pools out at ??? and a draw priced at 29/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.