We turn our attentions to the weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's League Two trip to Adams Park.
Wycombe Wanderers v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 26th November 2016
Wycombe Wanderers’ upturn in form is perhaps the best illustration of the congested nature of the League Two table given their surge up the placings in the last fortnight.
Gareth Ainsworth’s men were fourth-bottom after their 2-2 draw at Doncaster Rovers at the end of October but three straight wins in the past two weeks have seen them climb to eighth and just a point outside the play-off positions.
Sido Jombati clipped home a last-minute free-kick to ensure three points at Newport on Tuesday, celebrating a second away win in three days after a staggering nine months without one.
Front man Paul Hayes got back on the goal trail last weekend when he scored from the spot during Wanderers’ 2-1 win at Cambridge United.
The reliable 33-year-old has haunted Pools in the past to devastating effect, helping himself to eight goals against us for three different clubs, including a brace in Wycombe’s 5-0 triumph at Adams Park in February 2012.
His experience up front could be a crucial commodity as Wanderers look to build on their recent upturn in form and Pools will need to make sure they keep him quiet on Saturday.
Hartlepool United 1 (Fenwick 33)
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 16th January 2016
Pools: Carson, Richards, Harrison, Jackson, Carroll, Featherstone, Woods, Gray (Bingham 78), Thomas (Hawkins 55), Oates, Fenwick.
Subs not used: Bartlett, D Jones, Walker, Smith, Oyenuga.
Wycombe Wanderers: Ingram, Jacobson, Stewart, Pierre, Harriman, McCarthy (Udumaga 68), Thompson (Holloway), Bloomfield (Hayes 80), Wood, O’Nien, Ugwu.
Subs not used: Lynch, Jombati, McGinn, Bean.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be only the 15th competitive meeting between the two sides and it’s Wanderers who have enjoyed the better of the history, having won eight times in comparison to Pools’ four victories.
Last season’s game both went with home advantage, though Pools’ 1-0 triumph in January brought to an end an incredible sequence of eight straight wins in the fixture for Wanderers.
It’s a game which usually provides good entertainment with an average of almost three goals per game historically and the sides have never played out a goalless draw.
It will be just the third time that Kevin Johnson has taken charge of a Pools game when he is on the whistle for our trip to Adams Park this weekend.
His last game involving Pools came last October when he was the man in the middle for our 2-1 defeat at Northampton Town, whilst he was also in charge for Paul Murray’s first game in charge when we lost 2-1 at Cambridge United.
Johnson’s most recent outing came at Home Park last Saturday when he oversaw Plymouth Argyle’s 2-1 win over Colchester United.
Pools PlayerHD will be providing full live commentary on Saturday’s game so if you can’t make it along to Adams Park then join us for coverage.
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Tickets for this weekend’s game will be available in advance from the Pools Ticket Office until 2pm on Friday, after which they will also be on sale at Adams Park but prices will go up on the day.
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Wycombe have been installed as 10/11 favourites for victory this weekend with Pools available at a price of 29/10 for three points and the draw rated a 5/2 shot with our friends at Sky Bet.