In a New Year Day special, Sport Grill will be reporting live from Victoria Park as Hartlepool United host Gateshead FC in the National League. 

Both teams saw their league games postponed at the weekend, so come into this meeting fresh after their clash on Boxing Day.

 

Team News

Sunderland loanee, Michael Ledger is fit for this game, after a season plagued by injuries so far.

Centre back – Keith Watson, on loan from St Johnstone in Scottish Premiership could start, after coming on as a sub last time out.

Midfielders, Nicky Featherstone and Conor Newton however are likely to sit this game out with injuries. 

Gateshead meanwhile have a fully fit squad available.

 

Form

Hartlepool come into this game in 16th place on 32 points, having lost of their last six games. 

Gateshead meanwhile sit just below the Pools in 17th and on 31 points, having taken three draws and a win from their last six matches.

These teams met just last week on Boxing Day in a 2-2 draw at the International Stadium, making this an intriguing game.

 

Stat Attack

  • This is the 59th meeting in all competitions with Gateshead winning 27 times to Hartlepool’s 17, meaning that there has been 15 draws in this fixture.
  • Michael Woods’ was Pools’ top scorer in December with two goals. Likewise, Gateshead’s top scorer – Scott Barrow also netted two last month.
  • At Victoria Park, Hartlepool has a W6 D4 record since losing 3-5 on 5th September 1949.

 

Pre match thoughts

In his pre match talk, Pools’ boss – Craig Harrison praised his side for their performance on Boxing Day. 

Discussing the match display was, Harrison said; “It was back to basics from us.

“The effort we put in was outstanding. The hard work, the competitiveness, the aggression – it was all there.

“And people have questioned whether we had that after recent weeks. “We wanted to win of course, but given the circumstances, it was a good result.

“It was certainly a good game for the neutrals – goals, a sending off, chances. It’s just a shame we couldn’t get a late win.

“We have given games away from winning positions too many times recently – this time, they impressed and stood up. They worked hard tactically and did what we asked, which is all we ask of them.”

Gateshead boss, Watson however isn’t as happy with his team’s effort from last week.

Talking about the Heeds’ performance, Watson said; “We wanted and should of done better (on Boxing Day). We certainly should of done better with their goal.

“What it has proved is that we can more than match Hartlepool and we can certainly go there and win but as I say, we need to finish chances.

“11 v 11 we were dominating the game and I was confident we would of gone on to win the game. The penalty changed the game and decisions like that have got to be right.

“We were disappointed with the draw but that just gives us more determination to get the job done at their place.” 

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