Lincoln City v Hartlepool United RECAP: Graeme Lee wins his first game as Hartlepool manager edging out Lincoln City in the FA Cup

It’s time for the talking to stop and for Graeme Lee to take charge of Hartlepool United for the first time as the club’s new manager.

Hartlepool booked their spot in the FA Cup third round with a win over Lincoln City (Credit: Mark Fletcher)
Hartlepool booked their spot in the FA Cup third round with a win over Lincoln City (Credit: Mark Fletcher)

Lee watched on from the stands at Hillsborough in midweek as Pools secured a remarkable 3-0 win over League One side Sheffield Wednesday in the Papa John’s Trophy, but now he must look to replicate that in the FA Cup this afternoon against another League One opponent.

Pools are well versed in dealing with higher level opposition having knocked out League One promotion chasers Wycombe Wanderers in the previous round.

Mark Cullen’s goal was enough to settle the replay at Adam’s Park after the two sides shared four goals at the Suit Direct Stadium.

And all eyes will be on Lee’s first team selection as Pools boss after the 43-year-old suggested this afternoon’s tie was a chance to evaluate his squad.

"This week with the Sheffield game and the Lincoln game it’s a great opportunity for us to have a look at the squad and what we’ve got with a big focus on Wednesday night. That’s our main thing,” said Lee.

“The league form isn’t where we want but this game in the FA Cup we’re desperate to win it. We really want to win it and we’re going to go in to it and give everything we can but it’s probably one of them, we’ve all played in them games, where League One are expected to win.

"So we go there and the pressure is all on them and we’ll just go and see what we can do.”

While there can be no guarantees over who will start this afternoon’s FA Cup tie, one thing we can be assured of is the pride Lee will feel when he takes to the away dugout at Sincil Bank.

“It will be a bit surreal. I’ve envisioned it for many years. It’s a proud moment for both of us, you just want to get started. Being on the grass with the lads was fantastic, the response from the lads was fantastic. Stood there on Saturday I’ll be very proud.”

Stay tuned to the Hartlepool Mail for live updates throughout Pools’ FA Cup tie with Lincoln.

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Lincoln City 0-1 Hartlepool United LIVE: Updates from Sincil Bank

Last updated: Saturday, 04 December, 2021, 17:06

  • Lewis Fiorini own goal gives Hartlepool the lead
  • Hartlepool United XI: Killip, Ogle, Byrne, Liddle, Odusina, Ferguson, Featherstone, Shelton, Daly, Cullen, Molyneux
  • Subs: Mitchell, Hendrie, Francis-Angol, Jones, Smith, Holohan, Crawford, Goodwin, Fondop
  • Lincoln City XI: Long, Poole, Montsma, Jackson, Maguire, Bishop, Adelakun, McGrandles, Fiorini, Nlundlu, Robson
  • Graeme Lee takes charge of Hartlepool United for the first time

Yellow card for Maguire

Pools first change as Cullen is replaced by Goodwin

Sanders fizzes an effort at goal which Killip parries away

Robson replaced by Bramall

Brilliant cross from Robson from the left but no Lincoln player gambled as it flashes across the front of goal

Great challenge from Ogle to deny Adelakun a break away. Pools chasing everything down here

Long throws the ball straight out of play as it’s Pools who are doing the pressing in the game now

Ferguson frustrated with himself for conceding a corner from a fairly hopeful ball forward by Maguire

Ogle over hits his cross from the right as Pools fans refuse to give the ball back

Fiorini fires over from the edge of the area. Pools will be content at dealing with strikes from there

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