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Match preview: Stevenage head to the North-East

21 January 2022

After a clean sheet on Tuesday evening, Hartlepool United manger Graeme Lee is expecting more action at the other end as Stevenage travel to the Suit Direct Stadium on Saturday (3pm KO). A 0-0 stalemate with few chances left Poolies frustrated, but the side will be looking to create chances and score goals in front of a raucous home crowd.

The Opposition

Stevenage are currently 20th in League Two and the side won 2-1 against Crawley Town in their last game. They've lost just once in their last five games, a 2-0 reverse at Forest Green. During that run, they've also defeated Walsall and drawn with Sutton and Swindon.

 
Led by former Exeter manager Paul Tisdale, the Boro side features captain Scott Cuthbert, creative midfielder Bruno Andrade, and top scorer this season, Elliott List.
 
The History
 
This will be just the 13th meeting between the sides, with the last match played between the two prior to this season coming in 2017. Pools were 2-0 winners on that day, with Brad Walker and now-club captain Nicky Featherstone on the scoresheet, and former Poolie Ryan Johnson on the bench for Stevenage. That victory was Pools' only positive result against The Boro, losing nine and drawing two of the previous fixtures.
 
Team News
 
Jamie Sterry serves the second of his two-game ban after his red card at Bristol last Saturday, with Reagan Ogle again likely candidate to deputies in his absence. Marcus Carver has started the last two games, though Lee mentioned the striker's fatigue after the midweek stalemate with Carlisle. Joe Grey, Mark Cullen, and Fela Olomola could all be in contention to replace the new signing, with all looking to add to their performances so far this season.
 
How to Follow
 
If you're not heading to the Suit Direct Stadium, audio coverage is available via iFollow. Alex Chandy will be on air with Adam Boyd to talk you through all the action. Purchase your audio pass here:
 

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