After a midweek defeat in the Papa John’s Trophy, Hartlepool United return to League Two action as they take on Swindon Town on Saturday (3pm KO). Keith Curle will expect a reaction from his side, especially given Pools’ precarious position.
Swindon are eighth in the league after six wins, five draws, and three defeats this season. They’ve won three of the previous five games this season and are currently overseen by first-team coach Scott Lindsey.
Wales international Jonny Williams features in the Robins’ midfield and former Pools forward Tomi Adeloye leads the line for Swindon after joining in the summer.
The sides have met 31 times in the past, with Pools winning six times in previous encounters. Swindon have been victorious on 13 occasions, while 12 games have ended in a draw.
Last season, Swindon were victorious home and away, winning 3-1 at the Energy Check County Ground and 3-0 at the Suit Direct Stadium. Pools’ last win over the Robins was back in 2009 when goals from James Brown and Andy Monkhouse secured a 2-0 victory. Tony Sweeney was an unused sub for Pools that day, while future Pools captain Billy Paynter was introduced by Swindon in the second half.
Nicky Featherstone, Jack Hamilton, and Rollin Menayese continue their recoveries. Featherstone is back in field-based training, while Menayese and Hamilton are nursing ankle ligament issues.
Joe Grey could return after a concussion, but he’s following a strict protocol as part of his recovery.
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Keith Curle spoke to BBC Tees Sport this week ahead of the trip to Swindon. The interim Manager spoke about:
-Motivation within the team
-Recovering from a heavy defeat
You can find the full video here.