Barron hopes to turn back the clock
MICKY Barron hopes his Hartlepool United side can turn back the clock and tonight pull off a special Victoria Park triumph.
The caretaker-boss believes promotion hopefuls Tranmere Rovers are beatable and recalls the night Pools sent another high flier crashing to the floor.
Eleven years ago, almost to the day, Pools thumped Division Three top cats Hull City 4-0 at Victoria Park – just four days after Chris Turner’s side had found themselves bottom of the Football League following a 1-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle.
Barron (left) was even on target himself against the Tigers that night, though Gordon Watson stole the headlines with a hat-trick.
And while Pools need something of a Ryder Cup-style comeback tonight after the 6-1 trouncing in the FA Cup at Chesterfield on Saturday, he believes anything is possible.
“I remember when we played Hull, they were top of the league and we were bottom,” said the 40-year-old.
“We went and beat them 4-0 so it can happen. There is no reason why a team at the top can’t beat a side at the top.”
But while Barron says he has the belief, he explained that the squad need to share his optimism.
The stats and form guide would suggest nothing but an away win – Tranmere are 23 points above their hosts and have scored more goals on the road than Pools have home and away combined.
However, Barron said: “It will be tough but everyone is beatable.”
Skipper Sam Collins is likely to start at centre-half in place of promising youngster Jack Baldwin.
Collins will reprise his partnership with Peter Hartley.
With Ryan Noble having returned to Sunderland from his loan spell, Barron is set to start with Jonathan Franks and James Poole in the wide roles, though Nathan Luscombe could feature on the left.
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