We turn our attentions to Easter Monday with a full and in-depth preview of our Sky Bet League Two game against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.
Leyton Orient v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Monday 17th April 2017
Leyton Orient are currently working under their fifth manager of a turbulent campaign which has been played out to the backdrop of financial uncertainty at Brisbane Road.
Omer Riza’s men are rooted to the bottom of the table and know that relegation will be confirmed if they fail to defeat Pools on home turf this Easter Monday.
However, more grave concerns are those surrounding the future of the club after the PFA stepped in on Thursday when they agreed to loan the players half of their unpaid wages.
The O’s showed their spirit in picking up a creditable point away at Luton Town and it could easily have been more had The Hatters not levelled late for the hosts.
After ending a run of six consecutive defeats, Orient now have their eyes on a first since their 4-0 triumph at Newport County as they bid to keep alive their battle for survival – on and off the pitch.
Orient’s starting line-up at Luton on Good Friday included no fewer than seven teenagers so they will be relying the guidance of the team’s most senior player, Michael Collins, during the run-in.
Collins turns 31 at the end of the month and has now played over 350 senior games, which is experience that will be needed to help marshall The O’s young players in the coming weeks.
Signed from York City in October, Collins extended his deal until the end of the season in January and has become an important part of Orient’s midfield.
Pools 1 (Laurent 45)
Leyton Orient 3 (Semedo 55, Palmer 62, 71)
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 22nd October 2016
Pools: Carson, Richards (Deverdics 87), Nsiala, Donnelly, Carroll, Featherstone, Hawkins (Woods 78), Laurent, Thomas, Amond (Paynter 68), Alessandra.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Harrison, Martin, Orrell.
Leyton Orient: Cisak, Kennedy, Parkes, Hunt, Janse, Weir (Benedicic 81), Atangana, Semedo (N’Nomo 80), Palmer, Massey, Bowery (Dunne 76).
Subs not used: Sargeant, Dalby, Adeboyejo, Koroma.
Head To Head
Pools and Leyton Orient have met 47 times previously and there’s a symmetry about the record in that both side have won 19 times and the other 9 encounters have ended all-square.
Pools did the double over The O’s last term but the East London outfit are looking to gain revenge this term by returning the favour on Monday following their 3-1 win at The Vic in October.
It’s a fixture which usually produces goal and, recently, a result one way or another because the sides have drawn just once in the last 13 meetings.
Dean Whitestone will take charge of his sixth Pools game and his second of the season after being drafted in as a late replacement for our win at Cambridge United last month.
Before that you have to go back to January 2009 and a 2-1 defeat at Brighton for the last occasion Whitestone was on the whistle for a Pools fixture.
Fans may remember him as the official who sent-off both Richard Barker and Andy Monkhouse during our 2-0 defeat Rochdale ten years ago this month as Pools fought for the League Two title.
His most recent outing came on Friday when he oversaw Newport County’s win over Yeovil Town at Rodney Parade which helped The Exiles close the gap on Pools at the bottom of the table.
If you can’t get to Brisbane Road on Monday then you can enjoy full live commentary by joining Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.
Pools PlayerHD’s live coverage is available to fans all over the world so make sure you’re listening in to see if Dave Jones men can pick up the three points.
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Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets at Brisbane Road prior to kick-off on Monday.
Pools are installed as 11/10 favourites for three points on Monday, with Orient rated a 12/5 shot for the victory and a draw priced at 5/2 with our friends at Sky Bet.