Preston Hartlepool United: Remember Fleetwood says Carl Magnay

Carl Magnay insists Hartlepool United should not write off tonight's EFL Cup tie at Preston North End.

Tuesday, 9th August 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:17 pm
Carl Magnay in action against Colchester United. Picture by FRANK REID

On paper it has the makings of a damage limitation exercise as a League Two club visits a middle-of-the-road Sky Bet Championship side (kick-off 7.45pm).

But Magnay points to 12 months ago when Pools visited League One outfit Fleetwood at the same stage of the competition – and won 1-0 to set up a second round tie with Bournemouth.

It was backs-to-the-wall stuff at times for the side managed by Sam Collins in the absence of Ronnie Moore.

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Adam Bartlett was outstanding in goal for Pools who won thanks to Billy Paynter’s second-half header from Jake Carroll’s free-kick.

And while Preston are clearly a notch above the Cod Army, Magnay says Pools can take confidence from that night in another corner of Lancashire.

“Fleetwood was a fantastic performance by us,” he said.

“We were really impressive and we turned them over.

“You could say Preston is a sterner challenge but it’s one we’re all looking forward to.

“We can’t wait – it’s a great stadium to play football at.

“We had a similar challenge last year at Fleetwood and we managed to nick a win and get through to the second round, we’ll be looking for more of the same.”

Pools have won at Deepdale in the past, both in league and cup, including a 2-1 victory in the Auto Windscreens Shield in the early days of the millennium, Tommy Miller and Craig Midgley scoring the goals to KO a side managed by a certain David Moyes.