We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's League Two trip to Mansfield Town.
Mansfield Town v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 11th February 2017
Mansfield Town extended their unbeaten league run to six games with a 2-0 victory at Barnet last weekend which took them to the brink of the play-off positions in League Two.
The Stags have won their last three league outings and have now moved in to eighth spot in the table, just two points behind seventh-placed Portsmouth.
Steve Evans has made an instant impact since arriving as boss at One Call Stadium in November and he will be hoping they can continue their momentum when Pools arrive this weekend.
Mansfield have been able to strengthen their squad during the transfer window with the arrival of several new players, including former Pools loan keeper Jake Kean who was borrowed from Sheffield Wednesday.
Sheffield United starlet Ben Whiteman arrived on loan at Mansfield at the start of the January transfer window and the 20-year-old has proved to be an outstanding acquisition.
The attacking midfielder’s eye-catching form means he has been shortlisted for the January Player of the Month award in League Two, scoring on his home debut for The Stags.
Whiteman has also kicked-off February in fine style when he scored his third goal for the club in their 2-0 win at Barnet last weekend.
Mansfield Town 0
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 17th September 2016
Pools: Carson, Magnay (Carroll 48), Nsiala, Harrison, Donnelly, Featherstone, Thomas, Hawkins (Deverdics 80), Laurent, Paynter (Amond 74), Alessandra.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Richards, Fewster, Heardman.
Mansfield Town: Shearer, Bennett, Benning, Collins, Pearce, Iacovitti, Rose, McGuire, Green, Hamilton (Gobern 49), Rose (Hemmings 71).
Subs not used: Jensen, Baxendale, Hurst, Hoban, Henderson.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 89th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Mansfield have the edge historically having won 41 times in comparison to Pools’ 30 victories.
The stalemate at The Vic earlier in the season was the first goalless draw between the clubs since back in the 1980s, while last term both fixtures went with home advantage.
Pools’ last victory at One Call Stadium was back in October 2013 when goals from Andy Monkhouse, Jack Compton (2) and James Poole helped Colin Cooper’s in-form side to a 4-1 win over The Stags.
Robert Lewis will take charge of his sixth Pools’ game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our visit to Mansfield Town.
It’s fair to say that Lewis hasn’t seen the best of Pools over the years with none of the previous five occasions he’s refereed us ending in victory.
The best we’ve managed on his watch was when we held promotion-chasing Brentford to a goalless draw in front of the Sky Sports camera at Victoria Park in April 2012.
His most recent game in charge of Pools was in January 2014 when he oversaw Rochdale’s 3-0 win in the North-East.
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Pools fans must buy their tickets for Saturday’s game by 2pm on Friday as there will be no availability at Mansfield on the day of the game.
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Mansfield have been installed as 8/11 favourites for the victory with Pools available at odds of 4/1 and the draw priced up at 13/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.