Date: 29th September 2006 at 2:24pm
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Hartlepool United return to Victoria Park this weekend on the back of away wins at Peterborough United and Grimsby Town, and of course a nine goal haul. The Pools fans will be expecting goals goals goals, can Pools continue to provide them?

Vital Quotes:

Pools gaffer Danny Wilson told the Hartlepool Mail:

“We will keep their feet on the ground, don’t worry about that, I am sure they won’t get carried away. They know they have had two good results but they know what they need to do as well.

We can’t go into Saturday thinking it will be easy, it is too dangerous to think that. I would settle for 1-0 but the way the lads are playing there is a good chance they will get goals if they do it right.”


Wrexham defender Lee Roche told ICWales:

“It makes Saturday a bigger game and we need to get a result from it. It will be difficult. They have scored nine in their last two games, they are in form and will be full of confidence.

But we are more than capable of going there and getting a result. We know we didn’t play well the other night. After any defeat you want to put things right as soon as you can, you don’t want to get into arun of being beaten game after game. Even when we don’t play well we need to be getting something out of our games – we need to grind out results.”

Hartlepool United Team News:

Pools are without the services of midfielder Tony Sweeney who suffered collateral medial ligament damage against Grimsby and looks set to be out for around a month. Fellow midfield man Mark Tinkler is also sidelined along with striker Michael Proctor who will be out until Christmas after undergoing surgery.

Player to watch: Jon Daly

Big Jon has scored four goals in his last two games, often the subject of the Victoria Park boo boys, Daly appears to have rammed their words down their throats with a couple of sparkling displays. Daly to continue his goalscoring form? Why not.

Wrexham Team News:

Chris Llewellyn is apparently struggling to shake off the effects of a knock he received in Wrexham’s win over Hereford. However he did play the midweek defeat against Rochdale so he must be fine to face his former employers. Neil Roberts (ankle), Shaun Pejic (Achilles) and Levi Mackin (knee) are closing in on a return to action but all are unlikely to be risked in this game.

Player to watch: Chris Llewellyn

Never hit it off at Victoria Park, yet since he return to the mother land Llewellyn has grabbed four goals already this season. Traditionally former players always come back to haunt us, what odds on Llewellyn to score in this game I wonder!

Match Facts & Stats

Hartlepool 2-0 Mansfield
Hartlepool 0-3 Shrewsbury
Hull City 0-0 Hartlepool
Peterborough 3-5 Hartlepool
Grimsby 1-4 Hartlepool

Accrington 5-0 Wrexham
Stockport 5-2 Wrexham
Birmingham 4-1 Wrexham
Wrexham 1-0 Hereford
Wrexham 1-2 Rochdale

Match Prediction:

What a hard game to predict, Pools have smashed nine goals in the last two games, can that continue? Outsiders would see yes, insiders maybe a little more sceptical. Before those two games the words cows backside and banjo have been regularly used on the Victoria Park terraces.

In all honest four and five goals per game cannot continue. I’ll take a confident performance and a one goal victory. Pools 2 Wrexham 1.

Next Fixtures:

Lincoln vs Hartlepool 06-10-2006
Hartlepool vs Stockport 14-10-2006
Chester vs Hartlepool 21-10-2006