After two wins on the bounce in League Two, Hartlepool United welcome Tranmere Rovers to the Suit Direct Stadium on Tuesday evening. Wins over Barrow and Crawley form part of a five-game unbeaten run in the league, and this run, alongside morale-boosting performances in the cup, gives Pools cause for optimism for Tuesday night’s game and beyond.
Tranmere are currently second in League Two, though they’re 11 points adrift of runaway leaders Forest Green. They’ve won two of their last five games, defeating Swindon and Stevenage at home, losing to Forest Green and Walsall, and drawing with Barrow. In all, they’ve won 16 of their 31 league games this season, and they’re five points clear of Exeter City in fourth.
This will be the 128th meeting between the sides, with Pools winning 41, Tranmere winning 58, and 28 games ending in a draw previously. Pools will be out for revenge after suffering a 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture. Tom Davies’ goal was the difference in September, giving Tranmere one of their 58 wins.
As always, Graeme Lee has tough choices to make for Tuesday evening’s fixture. He stuck with the same team for Saturday’s win over Crawley, but lethargy showed in the second half, meaning opportunities could be available for fringe players. Gary Liddle, Isaac Fletcher, and Mark Shelton were all solid during their appearances from the bench, while Nicky Featherstone is now available after his suspension was served.
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