For the second game in a row, we face a side that's seen a recent change in management as we make the trip to take on Hartlepool United this Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Ex-Hartlepool defender Graeme Lee was appointed as their new boss last week, leaving his position as Middlesbrough U23s coach, with fellow former Pools and Iron centre-back Michael Nelson joining as assistant manager.
Former Iron head of recruitment Lee Turnbull also joined the club in a consulting capacity to lead their scouting and recruitment with an immediate focus on the January transfer window.
It comes following the departure of boss Dave Challinor to National League side Stockport County.
Chairman Raj Singh said: "It was always the view that we wanted to appoint a manager and coaching team that was modern in their approach, with the capability to build on foundations that have been put in place over recent years.
"Graeme joins us from Middlesbrough where has amassed a wealth of experience over a 10-year period and alongside Michael Nelson we believe we have two very forward thinking coaches that are also strong and capable characters to lead the players and club forward.”
THE SEASON SO FAR
The Pools sit 12th in the division, having won eight, drawn two and lost eight matches.
The victories came over Crawley Town (1-0), Walsall (2-0), Carlisle (2-1), Bristol Rovers (1-0), Northampton (2-1), Bradford (3-1) and Harrogate (3-2) and Rochdale (2-1 in midweek). With the exception of the win over the Bantams, the other seven have been at Victoria Park which has proved a strong foundation for them so far this term.
LAST TIME OUT
Graeme Lee's first home match in charge of Hartlepool saw a five-match losing streak in League Two come to an end with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Rochdale.
Mark Shelton's tap-in deep into stoppage time ended the Dale's eight-match unbeaten run in the league.
Josh Andrews, on loan from Birmingham, finished off a fine move in the 55th minute to put Rochdale on track for three points.
But Hartlepool hit back 10 minutes later when striker Mark Cullen got on the end of Shelton's pass over the top of the defence, before the latter struck at the death.
Mark Cullen is the leading marksman so far this term with six goals to his name.
He scored 11 goals in 48 appearances for Port Vale in this division last season following successful spells with Luton and Blackpool earlier in his career.
Nicky Featherstone, who was with the Iron for a short spell in 2014, has been with the Pools ever since, making over 300 appearances for them.
The 33-year-old has started all 20 league matches so far this term.
He started his career at Hull City, and permanent spells with Hereford United, Walsall and Harrogate Town followed.
ANOTHER FAMILIAR FACE
Olufela Olomola, who was with the Iron for three seasons but only made 13 appearances, with loan spells at Yeovil and Carlisle respectively, has made 10 appearances so far this term, scoring at Carlisle in the Papa John's Trophy.
He signed during the summer following a successful trial.
|NO||NAME||POSITION||AGE||PREVIOUS CLUB||LG APPS (GOALS)|
|1||Ben Killip||GK||26||Braintree||18 (0)|
|2||Jamie Sterry||DF||26||South Shields||16 (1)|
|3||David Ferguson||DF||27||York||17 (3)|
|4||Gary Liddle||DF||35||Walsall||15 (0)|
|5||Timi Odusina||DF||22||Norwich||7 (0)|
|6||Mark Shelton||MF||25||Salford||16 (1)|
|7||Tyler Burey||MF||20||Millwall (loan)||5 (3)|
|8||Nicky Featherstone||MF||33||Harrogate||20 (2)|
|9||Mark Cullen||FW||29||Port Vale||11 (4)|
|10||Luke Molyneux||MF||23||Sunderland||19 (2)|
|11||Will Goodwin||FW||19||Stoke City (loan)||10 (1)|
|12||Joe Grey||FW||18||None||10 (0)|
|13||Patrick Boyes||GK||19||Grimsby||0 (0)|
|14||Gavan Hoolahan||MF||19||Waterford||11 (2)|
|15||Eddy Jones||DF||20||Stoke City (loan)||3 (0)|
|16||Neill Byrne||DF||18||FC Halifax T||19 (0)|
|18||Martin Smith||MF||25||Chesterfield||2 (0)|
|19||Jordan Cook||FW||31||Gateshead||3 (0)|
|20||Reagan Ogle||DF||22||Accrington Stanley||12 (0)|
|22||Tom Crawford||MF||22||Notts Co||4 (0)|
|23||Zaine Francis-Angol||DF||28||Boreham Wood||14 (0)|
|24||Olufela Olomola||FW||24||Scunthorpe||7 (0)|
|27||Luke Hendrie||DF||27||Grimsby||7 (0)|
|28||Matty Daly||MF||20||Huddersfield Town (loan)||17 (2)|
|35||Jonathan Mitchell||GK||27||Derby||2 (0)|
|36||Mike Fondop||FW||28||Burton||8 (0)|