Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor looking to claim another victory over Yeovil Town this season following FA Cup triumph

Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor will ‘take confidence’ into Saturday’s game with National League promotion hopefuls Yeovil Town due to the fact they’ve already been and won at Huish Park this season.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 4:45 pm

It’ll be the third time Pools have been down to the Somerset club this season as they faced them in the FA Cup in November with the original game being postponed due to a ‘waterlogged pitch’.

However, it’ll be Challinor’s fourth visit as he made the trip down with previous club AFC Fylde in September only to lose 3-2.

Last time the two sides clashed, Pools came from behind to win 4-1 in the FA Cup First Round with goals coming from Luke James, Gavan Holohan, Nicke Kabamba and Gime Toure.

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“Last time, we played well against a good side, we obviously conceded early, getting the goal back within a few minutes I think was big for us after we travelled an awful long way,” Challinor said.

“Six hours there on the day and six hours back was a big ask but it was a one-off cup game. Whether people will think the lads were a bit motivated by the fact we’d been there on the Saturday I’m not too sure but we matched them and caused them real problems.

“Luke James really caused them issues, we don’t have his threat if you like so we’ve got to look for other things but the sort of game plan and how we set up will be similar to what we did when we went there.”

Yeovil sit second in the National League, and have lost just once in their last five.

“It’s a tough place to go, they’ve reacted really well to relegation from the league and are up there competing,” Challinor said.

“When I went there earlier in the season with my previous club, they were the best side we’d played.

“They’ve got a formation and a system that suits their players, they’re really expansive, they start games really brightly so we’ve got to make sure we react to that.

“It’s a tough test but we’ll take confidence in the fact we’ve been there before and won and we’ll be looking to do the same again.”