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Preview: Pools v Luton Town

26 September 2016

We look ahead to Tuesday night's action with a full and in-depth preview of our game against Luton Town.

Hartlepool United v Luton Town
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Kick-Off: 7.45pm

In Opposition
Luton Town returned to form in emphatic style at the weekend when they came from behind to win a pulsating encounter against promotion rivals Doncaster Rovers 3-1 at Kenilworth Road.

The result helped shrug off the disappointment felt after The Hatters endured back-to-back defeats to Crawley Town and Grimsby Town, and helped send them third in the table.

After finishing eleventh last term, boss Nathan Jones was given licence to improve his squad during the summer and they started the season as many people’s favourites for promotion.

Star Man
Attacking midfielder Cameron McGeehan has been in good form so far this season for The Hatters and was on target twice in their excellent weekend win over Doncaster Rovers.

The former Norwich City trainee has a history of finding the net against Pools too having scored in both of Town’s wins at Kenilworth Road in the last two seasons.

McGeehan has become one of Luton’s most important players and his six goals have helped Nathan Jones’ men climb in to the automatic promotion places in League Two.

Last Meeting
Luton Town 2 (McGeehan pen 60, Mackail-Smith 86)
Pools 1 (Jackson 65)
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 20th February 2016

Luton Town: Tyler, O’Donnell (Ruddock 85), Cuthbert, Sheehan, Lawless (Hall 72), McGeehan, Green, Lee, Howells, Marriott, Pigott (Mackail-Smith 80).
Subs not used: Justham, Okuonghae, Smith, McCourt.

Pools: Carson, Magnay, Bates, Jackson, Carroll, Featherstone, Walker, Hawkins, Gray, Thomas (Oates 85), Paynter.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Harrison, Richards, Laurent, Bingham, Fenwick.

Head To Head
Tuesday night’s game will be the 22nd competitive meeting between the two sides and The Hatters have enjoyed greater success in the past having won 13 times in comparison to Pools’ seven.

Town completed a league double over Pools last season, running out 2-1 winners at Kenilworth Road in February having enjoyed a 4-1 triumph at Victoria Park five months earlier.

It was the second season in a row that the Bedfordshire outfit had beaten Pools twice and you have to go back to the meeting in February 2008 for Pools last win – a 4-0 thrashing courtesy of a Richard Barker brace and other goals from Alan Thompson and Joel Porter.

Referee
Seb Stockbridge will be the man in the middle for Tuesday night’s game in his first visit of the season to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

The official oversaw our two wins over York City last season but prior to that has not brought us much in the way of good fortune, taking charge for defeats to Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town and Bristol Rovers.

His most recent outing was at the weekend when he was on the whistle for Carlisle United’s 1-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers at Brunton Park.

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 7.35pm.

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 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 5.45pm and remain open until kick-off.

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

Work has been done on the Club’s turnstiles and Season Ticket holders will now be able to gain access using their new cards.

Click here for full details on buying tickets for this game.

Betting
Pools are rated a 12/5 shot for victory over Luton, while The Hatters have been installed as 11/10 favourites for three points and a draw is priced at 5/2 with our friends at Sky Bet.


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