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Preview - Hartlepool United

8 February 2013

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TOWN are back on home territory this weekend for the visit of bottom club Hartlepool United.


Following a return of five points from three consecutive away games, including Tuesday’s 1-0 win at Colchester, Town will be looking to push on against the side that currently sit bottom of League One.


After drawing 0-0 on the opening day of the season, Swindon will be looking to record all three points against John Hughes’ men.




Speaking to the media at Thursday’s pre-match press call, skipper Alan McCormack says that Town will need to keep their concentration to achieve a positive result against the Pools.


“Hopefully we can put on another performance against Hartlepool and dominate the game,” he said. “We have been very good of late at home and we passed Tranmere off the park when they came here in December. We will have to play our own game and make sure we keep our concentration to work towards the result we want.”


He continued: “There has been lots of talk about events off the pitch but as players we just concentrate on our game. We just get on with our jobs and you could see the spirit of the lads with the result at Colchester. The group is very tight here and we all back each other as staff and players.”




The Pools have been battling at the wrong end of the League One table all season long. After a win at the start of September, Hartlepool went nearly four months without registering a win before pulling off a shock 3-2 win at Sheffield United at the end of December.


Since the arrival of John Hughes, the Victoria Park side appear to have picked up in recent weeks. A 3-1 win at Portsmouth a fortnight ago was followed by a 2-1 win over Notts County at the weekend.




Tommy Miller might have secured an opening day victory for Town at the start of the campaign but, after he blazed a second half penalty over the bar, Swindon had to settle for a point in a 0-0 draw.


The last time Hartlepool were in Wiltshire in 2011, Matt Ritchie rescued a point for Town in a 1-1 draw. Simon Cox and Barry Corr were the scorers the last time Swindon registered three points against the Pools at The County Ground in December 2007.




Tickets have been reduced to just £15 for adults and concessions with juniors getting in for just £10.


To buy, visit the ticket office in person or call 0871 876 1993. Alternatively, you can buy online via the online ticket website.

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