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Preview: Pools v Sunderland

4 October 2016

We look ahead to our Checkatrade Trophy game against Sunderland at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

Hartlepool United v Sunderland
Checkatrade Trophy
Tuesday 4th October 2016
Kick-Off: 7.30pm

In Opposition
Sunderland will send a talented young outfit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium on Tuesday night as the Checkatrade Trophy group stages continue.

The Black Cats were held to a 1-1 draw at Rochdale in their last outing in the competition last month, with Dale going on to secure a bonus point after winning a penalty shootout at the end of the ninety minutes.

First Team Coach Robbie Stockdale looks likely to take charge of the Sunderland line-up, though it’s yet to be seen whether it will include any First Team players from the Stadium of Light.

Star Man
Rees Greenwood will be looking to provide Pools problems down the flank on Tuesday night as he continues his progression through Sunderland’s Academy.

The teenager is a long-serving member of The Black Cats set-up, having been on the books of the Wearside outfit since he was just 8 before joining full time in 2013.

A versatile performer who is comfortable playing as a winger, a Number 10 or as an out-and-out striker, Greenwood made his First Team debut for Sunderland on the final day of last season at Watford.

Last Meeting
Sunderland 1 (Arca 53)
Pools 0
FA Cup Third Round
Saturday 3rd January 2004

Sunderland: Poom, McCartney, Babb, Clark, Bjorklund (Williams 74), Wright, Oster (Butler 83), Whitley, Arca, Proctor, Stewart.
Subs not used: Ingham, Ramsden, Teggart.

Pools: Provett, Barron, Westwood, Nelson, Shuker (Istead 64), Tinkler (Clarke 80), Robson, Strachan, Humphreys, Williams, Robinson (Porter 71).
Subs not used: Konstantopoulos, Brackstone.

Referee
John Brooks will take charge of his first-ever Pools game on Tuesday night when he’s the man in the middle for our Checkatrade Trophy encounter with Sunderland.

The official was promoted to the EFL for the start of the new campaign after spending time gaining experience in the National League over the last two seasons.

His last outing came at the weekend when he oversaw Shrewsbury Town’s 1-1 draw against Swindon Town at Greenhous Meadow.

Competition Rules
Pools must select at least five of the players who started at Grimsby Town on Saturday or five of the players who have started the most games so far this season.

Meanwhile, visitors Sunderland must select a minimum of six players who were under 21 at the end of June.

If the score is all-square at ninety minutes both teams will be awarded one point. A penalty shootout will then decide which side is awarded a bonus point.

Live Commentary
Pools PlayerHD will carry live and uninterrupted online commentary of Tuesday’s game as Brian Honour joins Mark Simpson in the press box from 7.20pm.

Fans all over the world can access the live broadcast so if you can’t get along to the game then make sure to join the lads on Pools PlayerHD to keep up to date.

Click here now for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Tickets for both home and away fans will be available prior to kick-off from the Club’s main Ticket Office, as well as our cash-only Matchday Ticket Office on Clarence Road.

Fans wishing to make card purchases of tickets must report to the main Ticket Office.


Betting
The bookies are struggling to separate the sides ahead of the game with both Pools and Sunderland rated 6/4 shots for victory and the draw priced at 5/2 with our friends at Sky Bet.


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