We turn our attentions to this weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's League Two trip to Meadow Lane.
Notts County v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 11th March 2017
Notts County have improved since the appointment of Kevin Nolan and their eye-catching form under the former West Ham and Newcastle star has seen him shortlisted for Manager of the Month.
Upon his arrival to succeed John Sheridan in January, The Magpies had just suffered a soul-destroying ten league defeats in a row to slip right in to relegation trouble.
However, their 2-1 win over Crawley Town at the end of that month gave them renewed belief and they went on to pick up eleven points during an upturn in fortunes during February.
Defeat at Stevenage in midweek saw them slip back to third bottom in the table, just one point and one place behind Pools to add extra significance to Saturday’s meeting.
Jon Stead will need little introduction to Pools fans – not only because he has played at the highest level but also because he has made a habit of scoring against us in recent seasons.
The former Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers front man has scored four times in the last three meetings between the club and Pools will have to be on Stead alert again this weekend.
Now 33, Stead has scored thirteen times in League Two this term and if he can continue to get on the scoresheet regularly they will fancy their chances of climbing well clear of trouble.
Notts County 2 (Snijders 20, Burke pen 36)
Pools 1 (Oates 29)
Wednesday 31st August 2016
Notts County: Loach, Dickinson, Hollis, Laing, Richards, Audel, Aborah (Atkinson 70 s/o 90), Snijders, Rodman (Hewitt 55), Campbell (Milsom 64), Burke.
Subs not used: Collin, Edwards, Smith, Wildin.
Pools: Bartlett, Richards, Nsiala (s/o 90), Harrison, Carroll (Martin 74), Deverdics, Hawkins, Laurent, Alessandra (Green 46), Oates, Paynter (Smith 46).
Subs not used: Dudzinski, Pollock, Woods, Orrell.
Head To Head
This weekend’s game will be the 33rd competitive meeting between the two clubs and Notts County have the edge having won 15 times in comparison to Pools’ 13 triumphs.
It’s fair to say The Magpies have enjoyed the fixture more than Pools in recent times – County have been victorious on each of the last four occasions the sides have met.
Meadow Lane hasn’t been the happiest of hunting grounds for Pools either – they’ve lost on their last five visits and you have to go back to 2006/0 for our last win there when Andy Monkhouse scored his first goal for the Club in a 1-0 success.
It will be Darren Deadman’s 14th game in charge of Pools this weekend when he’s on the whistle for our trip to face Notts County at Meadow Lane.
The experienced official last oversaw a Pools fixture almost a year ago when he was the man in the middle for our 1-0 home win over AFC Wimbledon last March.
Deadman’s most recent outing came in midweek when he was in charge of Ipswich Town’s goalless draw with Wolves at Portman Road.
Pools PlayerHD will once again be providing full live online commentary of Saturday’s game at Notts County from 2.50pm.
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Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets in advance from The Northern Gas and Power Ticket Office up until 3pm on Friday afternoon.
After that point there will be availability on the day from the cash-only Ticket Booth at Meadow Lane which is located close to the away turnstiles.
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Notts County have been installed as 21/20 favourites for three points with Pools rated a 13/5 shot to return with a win and the draw priced at 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.