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Number Cruncher: Cambridge United

15 March 2017

We do the maths on the key statistics as Pools bring to an end their away day blues with a brilliant victory over Cambridge United at The Abbey Stadium.

Before Tuesday night, Pools fans who had been to all 13 away games since the last win had travelled an astonishing 5,277 miles in round trips. That works out at an average of 405 miles per game – and, rather depressingly, 2,638.5 miles per point gained.

The number of Pools fans who made the long Tuesday night trip to see the Club end their away day blues at Cambridge United. An astonishing effort from every single one of them, given that our run without a win on the road stretched back 13 games and over four months.

Pools had some way to go before they were in record territory when it came to runs away from home without a win. Between September 1993 and November 1994, Pools managed to play an astonishing 36 times on the road without once tasting victory. The sequence ended in sweet fashion though, with a 2-1 win over Darlington at Feethams!

Pools finally won away from home at the 14th time of asking on Tuesday night – so it stands to reason that our Number 14, Michael Woods, would score the only goal.

Tuesday’s win brought to an end an unhappy sequence of six consecutive defeats away from home – but Pools still had a little way to go to trouble any Club records. Back in the late 1920s Pools lost 13 games in a row on the road – and that was a record they unfortunately repeated in the early 1970s.

It’s the first time in the best part of nine years that Pools have tasted victory away at Cambridge United. We’ve made three unsuccessful visits to The Abbey Stadium since goals from Steve Howard and Graeme Lee secured a 2-1 triumph back in August 1998.

The winner on Tuesday night was Michael Woods’ sixth goal in Pools colours – and we’ve won every time the midfielder has hit the net. To make that stat even more eye-catching, five of his six strikes have come away from home – his only goal on home territory came against York City last April.

Pools had one more point at this stage during the 2015/16 season. A 2-0 win at Leyton Orient moved us on to 42 points with nine games left and the Club went on to finish 16th with 51 points. Pools currently have 41 points from their 37 League Two games this term.

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