We turn to our attentions to Tuesday evening's action with a full and in-depth preview of Crewe Alexandra's visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
Hartlepool United v Crewe Alexandra
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 28th February 2017
Crewe Alexandra tasted defeat for the first time in four games on Saturday when Stevenage won 2-1 at The Alexandra Stadium.
New boss David Artell has made a good impact since taking the reins at the start of January and they bounced back from a disappointing 4-0 defeat at Exeter City by mounting a run of three unbeaten.
The Railwaymen find themselves seven points above the League Two drop zone so will know there is still work to be done between now and the end of the season to ensure their EFL status.
Talented winger George Cooper has started ever League Two game this season for Crewe Alexandra and has scored an impressive eight goals in all competitions so far.
Still only 20, the Alex Academy graduate made his senior bow whilst still a scholar back in 2013/14 and has made excellent progress ever since to become a regular in the First Team.
Cooper was on the scoresheet when Pools drew 3-3 at The Alexandra Stadium earlier in the campaign but if they can keep him quiet on Tuesday evening it will be a big step towards a positive result.
Crewe Alexandra 3 (Dagnall 31, Kiwomya 45, Cooper 56)
Pools 3 (Magnay 42, 76, Amond 72)
Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Turton, Guthrie, Davis, Bakayogo, Jones, Cooper (Kirk 74), Bingham, Lowe, Dagnall, Kiwomya.
Subs not used: Richards, Ray, Nugent, Ainley, Saunders, Udoh.
Pools: Carson, Magnay, Bates, Nsiala, Carroll, Featherstone (Laurent 89), Deverdics (Woods 58), Thomas, Amond, Paynter, Alessandra.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Richards, Harrison, Hawkins, Oates.
Head To Head
Tuesday night’s game will be the 134th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Crewe have the edge historically having won 62 times in comparison to Pools’ 46 triumphs.
The entertaining encounter between the teams at The Alexandra Stadium earlier in the season finished 3-3 – only the second draw in the last nine games they have played.
It’s usually a fixture which is good to watch, with 22 goals scored in the last six meetings – and Pools have scored at least three goals in each three of Alex’s last four visits to The Vic.
Richard Clark will be in charge of Tuesday evening’s game which will be the sixth Pools fixture he has overseen down the years.
He was also the official when we defeated Accrington Stanley at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium earlier this season but also saw us beaten here 4-1 by Luton Town in October 2015.
Clark’s most recent appointment came at Brunton Park on Saturday when he was on the whistle for Portsmouth’s excellent 3-0 win over Carlisle United.
Pools legend Brian Honour will join Mark Simpson for live commentary of Tuesday evening’s game on Pools PlayerHD 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.
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Tickets for all areas of the ground for Tuesday’s game remain on sale from the Club’s Ticket Office up to kick-off – and everyone who buys a ticket will automatically get one free for Saturday’s game against Exeter City. Click here for more info on this offer.
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 6pm and remain open until kick-off.
Fans wishing to make card purchases of tickets must report to the main Ticket Office.
Pools are rated a 9/5 shot for three points on Tuesday, with visitors Crewe installed as slight 6/4 favourites and the draw priced at 23/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.