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MK Dons vs Hartlepool – Pool set sights on ending winless streak

| 03.09.2010

Hartlepool will be presented with the chance in front of the television cameras to immediately bounce back from the drubbing they received in their last League One game against Sheffield Wednesday when they travel to MK Dons.

Caretaker boss Mick Wadsworth saw his team lose for the first time in the league this season when turned over 5-0 by Sheffield Wednesday, but they travel to MK Dons high on confidence after beating Northampton 4-0 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy since.

However, they face a big challenge at MK Dons as it is an away fixture in which they have never collected maximum points.

Hartlepool have drawn three of the nine encounters, including when grinding out a goalless draw last season.

They are 4/1 to end their winless streak under the gaze of the watching cameras and add to the four points they have already gained from their two away League One fixtures so far this season.

Young goalkeeper Liam Mooney is in line to replace Andy Rafferty as he is struggling with a hand injury, while James Brown is also a doubt.

Meanwhile, MK Dons have a 100 per cent record in all competitions at home this season, including when beating Swindon 2-1 in their only league outing at stadium:mk.

Sam Baldock helped himself to both goals in the success and is 9/2 to open the scoring against Hartlepool, with the Dons 8/11 to seal victory.

Baldock also netted as MK Dons ran riot at Hartlepool last season in a 5-0 triumph and is 5/4 to find the target at any time within the 90 minutes.

Two of the last three meetings at the home of MK Dons has finished goalless and a repeat of the same is priced at 8/1. See the whole correct scoreline market.



Ed Needham