Preview: Pools v Exeter City

Hartlepool United v Exeter City
Emirates FA Cup Second Round
Tuesday 10th December 2019, 7.45pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition

Exeter City moved back in to the automatic promotion spots in League Two following a battling 3-2 win over play-off chasing Northampton Town on Saturday.

The Grecians look as though they’ve put a wobble in form during October firmly behind them now and they will be looking for a profitable Christmas run to keep pressure on leaders Swindon Town.

Matt Taylor has done an impressive job since being asked to step in to the shoes of Paul Tisdale when he left the club in 2018 following a dozen years in the St James’ Park dugout.

City narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season but this year it looks at though the top three is a realistic target as they look to finally make it back to League One level.

Home form has been the platform on which Exeter have built this season’s successes so far – on their travels they have been less consistent and their recent 1-0 triumph at Crawley Town was the first league away win in six attempts.

One To Watch

Randell Williams is developing in to a real fans’ favourite at St James’ Park since making a switch from Premier League Watford in January.

The skilful and pacey winger slowly started to establish himself in the City side last term and he’s been a regular in Matt Taylor’s line-up so far during 2019/20, scoring in the weekend win over Northampton Town.

Still only 22, Williams showed plenty of his menace in the first game between the two teams and his ability to cut inside from the right is something Pools will have to be wary of again in the replay.

Head To Head

Tuesday night’s game will be the 84th competitive meeting between the clubs and it’s The Grecians who boast the better record having won 34 times in comparison to Pools’ 26 triumphs.

However, Pools have had the better of it in recent meetings with the Devon outfit having done the double over them the last time the teams shared a division back in 2016/17.

Indeed, Pools have won on five of the last nine occasions they’ve come up against Exeter and they will be hoping to continue that recent trend in the latest meeting at The Vic.

Last Meeting

Exeter City 2 Pools 2
Sunday 1st December 2019

Exeter City: Maxted, Sweeney, A Martin, Moxey, Atangana, Law (L Martin 69), Williams, Sparkes, Collins, Bowman, Seymour (Taylor 69).
Subs not used: Visser, Parkes, Richardson, Jay, Fisher.

Pools: Killip, Richardson, Raynes (Cunningham 72), Kerr, Kitching, Mafuta (Kabamba 72), Featherstone, Hawkes, Donaldson, Toure, James.
Subs not used: Crichlow-Noble, Holohan, Kennedy, Muir, Grey.

On The Whistle

EFL referee Scott Oldham will take charge of our FA Cup replay against Exeter City at The Vic in what will be the first Pools game he’s overseen.

The official was promoted to the EFL ranks three seasons ago and has spent 2019/20 presiding over games predominantly in League One and League Two.

His most recent appointment came in the EFL Trophy when he watched Salford City defeat Wolves Under-21s at The Peninsula Stadium.

Live Commentary

Mark Simpson will be joined by Pools legend Brian Honour for full live commentary of Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay here on the Official Website.

The duo will be on-air to set the scene from Victoria Park at 7.35pm before guiding you through every step of the action as it unfolds.

Click here to access full live and totally free online commentary.

Buying Tickets

Pools have reduced the price of tickets for Tuesday evening’s FA Cup tie against Exeter City and they remain on sale from the Club’s Ticket Office and online.

Click here for all the information you need on buying tickets for this FA Cup replay.

Competition Rules

Both sides will be able to name up to seven substitutes on Tuesday night.

If the tie is level at ninety minutes then extra time will be played before a penalty shootout, if required.

Yellow cards are competition-specific, so if a player collects four in the competition they will be suspended for one game. Red cards remain unaffected and suspensions incurred will be served in the most immediate competitive fixture or fixtures.

Betting Odds

Pools 22/9
Exeter City 100/101
Draw 12/5

Click here for a full list of markets and odds ahead of Tuesday’s game.