Date: 15th September 2006 at 11:14am
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Hartlepool United ‘welcome’ Shrewsbury Town to Victoria Park on Saturday looking to make it back to back league wins and 10 points from the last 12 available. The Salop come to the Vic on the back on an excellent 3-0 away win at Stockport County so a good game looks to be on the cards between two confident teams.

Tuesday nights 2-0 win over Mansfield Town means Pools are now putting together a decent run of form, it’s three defeats in nine, one defeat in our last six games and just one goals conceded in our last three games.

Vital Quotes:

Hartlepool United boss Danny Wilson told the Hartlepool Mail:

‘We would like to keep it going, it would be a great week if we can, Shrewsbury will be tough. Although they are not the most fashionable club in some people’s eyes they might think that it will be easy. But we know it is going to be far from easy.’

Shrewsbury Town boss Gary Peters told Shrewsbury’s official website:

‘It’ll be a tough game and I don’t think there will be any easy games this season. Hartlepool came down last season and you’ll find the clubs that have come down to this division will be strong. We’ve seen that with Swindon, Walsall and MK Dons up there challenging and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Hartlepool fight there way up there.’

Hartlepool Team News:

Pool boss Danny Wilson has no new injury worries ahead of the game, John Brackstone serves the final game of his three match suspension so the impressive Gary Liddle will continue at left back. Joel Porter’s brace against Mansfield could see him start up front with possibly Jon Daly stepping down to the subs bench.

Player to watch: Joel Porter

Off the mark with a brace against Mansfield (okay technically the second goal could be classed as Gavin Strachan’s, but Porter hit the shot) the Aussie will be keen to register again. Apparantly Danny Wilson took Porter to one side and had a little word in his ear, hopefully all is well in Joel’s world and he can show us the form that made him a massive crowd favourite at Victoria Park.

Shrewsbury Team News:

Gary Peters has an almost fully fit squad to choose from. Sagi Burton is approaching full fitness after struggling with a calf injury. Richard Hope has confirmed he is fit to play despite picking up a niggle in the Stockport win.

Player to watch: Andy Cooke

Mr Cooke was on loan at the Reynolds Arena last season, he’s signed on for Shrewsbury this campaign and hit a hat trick against Stockport in midweek. An experienced front man who averages a goal every four games, however his hat trick on Tuesday night will see him trying his luck from every angle possible.

Current Form:

Burnley 0-1 Hartlepool
Hereford 3-1 Hartlepool
Hartlepool 2-1 Boston Utd
Milton Keynes 0-0 Hartlepool
Hartlepool 2-0 Mansfield

Shrewsbury 5-0 Boston Utd
Birmingham 1-0 Shrewsbury
Bristol R 1-0 Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury 0-1 Lincoln
Stockport 0-3 Shrewsbury

Match Prediction:

We’ve got to be confident going into this game, not overly though, Shrewsbury come to us on the back of an excellent win, if we do the basics right and then let Porter and Brown create the chances up front we should have too much for the visitors. The Pools defence is getting better and better by the game, therefore I’m going for another clean sheet and two more goals, 2-0 win again for me.

Next Fixtures:

Hull City vs Hartlepool 19-09-2006
Peterborough vs Hartlepool 23-09-2006
Grimsby vs Hartlepool 26-09-2006