VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE
John from Hartlepool fan site In The Mad Crowd (www.inthemadcrowd.co.uk) gives his opinion and prediction
Key player? At the risk of being cliched it’s been all about the team as a whole this year, but one or two stand out. Adam Boyd has been like a man reborn this season, he finally looks like the player we had back in 2004-05 when in my opinion he was the best player in this division. There are rumours he may be left out today in favour of a 4-5-1. I hope that’s not true. Nobby Solano was the marquee signing of the summer, and he’s been fairly peripheral when available. That changed last Saturday when he was dazzling, wow you can see he has been some player. At the back, Peter Hartley has been simply outstanding. I don’t think he’s far away from being too good for this level – a situation you are all too familiar with. But if I had to pick a key man it would be Paul Murray. He’s 35 now and we have to be careful how we use him, but he is the man that keeps everything ticking over in midfield.
Prediction? I actually have a hunch we may may fall a little short today. Not sure what I’m basing that on other than the fact that there have been games this season that we could have lost but one or two things have gone our way. We’re maybe due a change of luck. I’ll say 2-1 to the Cherries with Sweeney scoring our goal and some 16-year-old wunderkind scoring the winner before being sold to Reading. I’m just sorry I won’t be there, having attended our last six matches in Bournemouth and having some happy memories despite only seeing one win (though the 2-2 in 2005 cetainly felt like a win!)
VIEW FROM THE SOUTH END
TFTSE regular John_R offers his thoughts for the game
PREDICTION: 1-1 – I know its a safe score but Hartlepool can score goals and so can Wes Thomas and with a new look defence the best the Pools are going to get is a goal, we hope.
TFTSE Twitter follower FatBlerk offers his thoughts
PREDICTION: FatBlerk Tony Maycock @TFTSE my thoughts? It’ll be a 3pm kick-off, Fletch will be up for it, bradders will wear a tracksuit, EM will get pickled. 1-1
Bournemouth wins: 14 | Draws: 12 | Hartlepool wins: 10
Hartlepool 2 – 2 Bournemouth
Football League One | Sat 30 Apr 2011 (H)
AFCB scorers: Steve Lovell (29), Donal McDermott (38)
LAST CHERRIES WIN
Bournemouth 2 – 0 Hartlepool
Football League One | Sat 01 Mar 2008
AFCB scorers: Sam Vokes (6, 45)
Bournemouth 5 – 1 Hartlepool
English Division 4 | Sat 17 Apr 1982
Hartlepool United head coach Mick Wadsworth told BBC Tees:
“We did very well against them last year, we beat them down there, had a draw here when Scott Flinders scored his famous goal coming from the back as a goalkeeper.
“They’ve had an indifferent start, until they won a couple of games recently, and that makes a big difference to your points haul and your league position.
“It’ll be a tough game, there’s no doubt about that, and I expect them to do better than they have been doing.”