We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Leyton Orient's visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
Hartlepool United v Leyton Orient
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 22nd October 2016
Leyton Orient occupy 22nd position in League Two ahead of their visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium this weekend having had a turbulent start to the new campaign.
Three wins from four at the end of August and in to September had lifted The O’s in to the play-off spots but they’ve taken just two points from 21 since in a sequence which cost boss Andy Hessenthaler his job.
Alberto Cavasin arrived at Brisbane Road to replace him at the start of October in what is his first managerial post outside his native Italy, where he has been at the helm of various clubs.
As boss of Lecce in 1999, Cavasin was named as Manager of the Year in Serie A and he will be hoping to bring some of that magic to East London to help Orient quickly climb the League Two table.
Gavin Massey is the only outfield player to have started every league game for Orient so far this season after completing a summer move from Colchester United for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old front man got off to the perfect start when he scored on his debut as The O’s drew 1-1 at Cheltenham Town on the opening day and he added two more goals in their 3-0 win over Stevenage two weeks later.
And while goals haven’t been as easy to come by in game since for the former Watford trainee, he is still a creative spark that Pools will need to keep a close eye on this weekend.
Leyton Orient 0
Pools 2 (Paynter 49, Thomas 67)
Sky Bet League Two
Monday 28th March 2016
Leyton Orient: Cisak, Clohessy, Binnom-Williams, Hunt, Ramage, Payne (James 75), Atangana, Nolan (Shaw 61), Palmer, Simpson, Gnaduillet (Turgott 61).
Subs not used: Gregory, Pollock, Moore, Koroma.
Pools: Carson, Magnay, Bates, Jackson, Carroll, Featherstone, Hawkins (Woods 76), Gray (Walker 83), James (Bingham 88), Paynter, Thomas.
Subs not used: Bartlett, R Jones, Richards, Oates.
Head To Head
This weekend’s game will be the 47th time the two teams have met in competitive action and Pools have a slight edge historically having won 18 times in comparison to Orient’s 19.
Indeed, Pools have won on the last three occasions the sides have played, with Orient tasting victory just once in the last six encounters.
It will be the third time that David Webb has overseen a Pools game when he is the man in charge for our clash with Leyton Orient on Saturday.
The most recent occasion came in February when he was the man in the middle for our 3-2 defeat to Notts County at The Vic, while the other was a goalless draw with Yeovil Town in March 2013.
Webb’s last outing came at The Kassam Stadium last weekend when he was on the whistle for Oxford United’s 1-0 win over Bradford City in League One.
Pools PlayerHD will carry live and uninterrupted online commentary of Saturday’s game from 2.50pm.
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Tickets for all areas of the ground for Saturday’s game remain on sale from the Club’s Ticket Office up to kick-off.
Two cash-only Matchday Ticket Offices will be open – one is situated on the Clarence Road side of the Prostate Cancer UK Stand and the other is on the Niramax Stand. These will open at 1.15pm and remain open until kick-off.
Fans wishing to make card purchases of tickets must report to the main Ticket Office.
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Pools are rated a 15/8 shot for three points this weekend, with visitors Leyton Orient fancied at 7/5 and the draw priced at 23/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.