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Match Preview: Pools set to host Rochdale

27 October 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview: Pools set to host Rochdale

27 October 2023

After another frustrating result last time out, Hartlepool United are looking to get back on track as Rochdale head to the Suit Direct Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Lowdown

Despite starting the season strongly, Pools have slipped down the table in recent weeks after a string of inconsistent results. Now 12th in the National League, John Askey's side are five points of the play-offs after 17 games. Injuries have played their part in this downturn, meaning Pools have won just twice in their last 10 games.

Rochdale are a place and a point below Pools, with five wins from their opening 17 games. Led by their Head Coach, Jimmy McNulty, their side features experienced midfielder Adam Clayton and former Poolie Devante Rodney. Rodney got 11 goals last season, making him Dale's top scorer.

The History

This will be the 152nd meeting between the sides, with Pools winning 54 of the previous matches and Rochdale winning 60. Pools have won the last two matches, with Josh Umerah and Jack Hamilton scoring in a 2-0 win last time out.

Team News

Joe Mattock made his first Pools appearance midweek, and he'll likely be included again. Zak Johnson will be available for selection after picking up a minor groin injury last week.

Alex Lacey will be unavailable for selection after suffering an injury away to Halifax in midweek.

Kieran Wallace, Dan Dodds, and Anthony Mancini remain sidelined, while Callum Cooke has resumed light training but isn't fit enough for the matchday squad.

How to Follow

Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket office in the lead up to kick-off.

If you're not joining us at the Suit Direct, you can follow the action via National League TV here. Match passes cost £9.50 and grant you access to all streamed fixtures on the given day. Please note that matches at 3pm on a Saturday are not streamed in the UK, so audio-only coverage is available.

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