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Get the inside track on Hartlepool United

4 October 2022

Club News

Get the inside track on Hartlepool United

4 October 2022

Rovers travel to Hartlepool United on Tuesday night looking to make it four straight wins in all competitions.

Gary McSheffrey’s beat Rochdale last time out thanks to goals from Kieran Agard and George Miller at the Crown Oil Arena.

Here we provide all the details on our latest opponents.

Manager

The experienced Keith Curle was appointed as interim Pools boss in September, replacing Paul Hartley who left just a few months into the role.

Curle had a playing career that saw him make over 700 appearances with the likes of Manchester City, Wolves, Sheffield United and Wimbledon, as well as being capped for England at the 1992 European Championships.

He began his managerial career in 2002 and has since amassed over 600 games in the dugout. He has vast experience of Sky Bet League Two, winning promotion via the play-offs at Wembley with Northampton Town in 2020.

Form

Hartlepool have drawn three of their previous six games in the fourth tier, including Keith Curle’s first two since taking charge.

Having been beaten away at league leaders Leyton Orient towards the end of August, they drew 1-1 away at Colchester United and at home to Crewe Alexandra respectively.

They lost their next game away at Sutton United, before picking up a point in their last home game before Tuesday night’s fixture against Gillingham. They found themselves 2-0 down in their last outing at promotion chasing Mansfield Town, but battled back to pick up arguably their best result of the season so far.

Key men

Defender Alex Lacey joined Hartlepool from National League side Notts County in the summer transfer window. 

After starting his professional career at Luton Town, Lacey played 44 times for the Hatters before joining Yeovil Town.

He spent two years in Somerset before a further two seasons at Gillingham, which saw him pass the milestone of 100 league appearances. 

The 29-year-old signed for Notts County in 2019 and was instrumental in the Magpies twice reaching the National League play-offs during his three years at Meadow Lane.

Midfielder Tom Crawford is now into his third full season with Pools after signing from National League side Notts County in the summer of 2020.

Prior to joining County, the 23-year-old made 17 appearances for Chester before arriving at Meadow Lane in 2018. He struggled for game time with the Magpies though and made just three league starts in two seasons.

He has found a home at Victoria Park and has made more than 60 appearances for Hartlepool, with his only league goal coming in a draw at home to Sutton United last season.

Striker Josh Umerah signed for Hartlepool in the summer after scoring 16 goals in 38 league starts in the National League for Wealdstone last season.

A product of the Charlton Athletic Academy, Umerah spent time on loan at Kilmarnock and Wycombe while with the Addicks, before signing for Boreham Wood on a permanent deal in 2018.

He has since had brief spells at Ebbsfleet and Torquay United, before finding his feet at Wealdstone. He has got off to a good start in Hartlepool colours, scoring five goals in nine league starts, including two in the draw at Mansfield last time out.

Last league meeting

Rovers were beaten 2-1 at Victoria Park on the final day of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League Two campaign. Andy Williams had given Darren Ferguson’s side a half-time lead, before a double from Devante Rodney turned the game around for Hartlepool.

There was plenty riding on the game, but both clubs were ultimately left disappointed as Rovers missed out on the league title and Pools were relegated out of the EFL after results elsewhere went against them.

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