Crewe Alexandra will aim to register their second victory of 2023 when they entertain Hartlepool United tonight (Tuesday, 7:45pm).
Lee Bell’s side were unlucky not to come away with three points against Crawley Town and will plan to build on their second-half performance.
Hartlepool currently sit 22nd in the league, two points above the relegation zone having played twice more than Gillingham, who are 23rd.
In their most recent outing, they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at home to Sutton United, with all four goals coming in the first half.
Keith Curle was appointed Pools boss in September 2022, his eighth managerial position since starting off with Mansfield Town in 2002.
A high in his managerial career came in June 2020, as he guided Northampton Town to League Two play-off victory as they defeated Exeter City 4-0 in the final.
Lee Bell: “Every game we play will be a tough game, that’s my message to the players. Regardless of who we are playing and where they are in the league. We have to treat them the same, you can’t switch off, they are all important as each other.”
There are no reported fresh injury concerns for the Alex, though David Amoo, Kelvin Mellor, Courtney Baker-Richardson and Christopher Long remain out.
Oliver Finney is in contention to start for a third consecutive game for the Pools, having joined the North-East side on deadline day from the Railwaymen.
The Railwaymen have the upper hand in past head-to-head meetings, winning 64 of the 137 meetings between both clubs to Hartlepool’s 47 victories.
Earlier in the season, Dan Agyei scored a late equaliser to earn the Alex a 1-1 draw from a delightful Charlie Finney cross.
Neil Hair will take charge of the game on Tuesday, having last officiated the Alex in March 2022, a 2-0 away defeat against Sunderland.
He will be assisted by Oliver Bickle and Declan Ford, with Dean Watson appointed fourth official.
Elsewhere in League Two
Bradford City v Tranmere Rovers; Carlisle United v Mansfield Town; Colchester United v Walsall; Doncaster Rovers v Barrow; Gillingham v Grimsby Town; Leyton Orient v Rochdale; Newport County v Stevenage; Northampton Town v AFC Wimbledon; Salford City v Harrogate Town; Stockport County v Crawley Town; Sutton United v Swindon Town.
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