Pools will be looking to continue their perfect start to the League Two season on home turf against a side who haven’t won a game on the road in 2021.
Dave Challinor’s side are without top scorer Tyler Burey after the Millwall loanee tore his hamstring during last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Tranmere Rovers. The 20-year-old is now facing 12 weeks on the sidelines.
Gavan Holohan – who has scored the winning goal in two of Pools’ three victories at The Vic so far this season – is also a doubt with a muscle injury.
Pools sit seventh in the table going into the game while Rovers find themselves in 16th having won two of their opening six games since dropping into the fourth tier.
But without their top two scorers, they will be turning to someone else to step up and provide the goals this afternoon.
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FULL-TIME: Hartlepool United 1 (Sterry 70’) Bristol Rovers 0
Last updated: Saturday, 11 September, 2021, 18:24
- Pools XI: Killip; Molyneux (Smith 87), Francis-Angol, Liddle, Byrne, Sterry; Featherstone, Shelton, Daly; Olomola (Grey 83), Goodwin (Ogle 75)
- Pools subs: Cullen, Mitchell, Odusina, Jones
- Pools bookings: Byrne (11), Sterry (88)
- Bristol Rovers XI: Belsahw; Grant, Finley, Hughes, Clarke (Pitman 41), Anderton, Taylor Anderson, Evans, Saunders (Brown 73), Whelan
- Bristol Rovers subs: Ward, Coutts, Kilgour, Spence, Collins
- Bristol Rovers bookings: Finley (87)
- Referee: Rebecca Welch
- Attendance: 5,193
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Reaction from Dave Challinor
Dave Challinor said: “It sums football up, we were rubbish compared to last weekend. We got nothing last weekend but three points this weekend so that’s what it’s all about and we’ll absolutely take it.”
Full-time: Pools 1-0 Bristol Rovers
Four minutes added time
Final change for Pools
Martin Smith comes on for Luke Molyneux
84: Great block by Killip
The Pools keeper keeps Pools’ clean sheet intact with a fine block at the back post.
83: Joe Grey comes on for Fela Olomola
75: First change for Pools - Reagan Ogle replaces Will Goodwin
WHAT A TACKLE!
Francis-Angol has to make that one! Last man challenge inside the penalty area to deny Antony Evans before he could get a shot away.
70: GOAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! STERRY!!!!
Sterry burst into the box from the right, puts the ball onto his left foot and slots the ball past Belshaw. His first goal for Pools.