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Pool are hoping for quick revenge.

Byline: By Stuart Rayner

Hartlepool United will be hoping to catch Brentford with one eye on the FA Cup when the sides meet in League One at Victoria Park tonight.

The Bees have been in the public eye ever since knocking Hartlepool out of the competition 10 days ago.

In that time, Brentford staged an impressive comeback to draw 2-2 at Premiership Southampton, and yesterday they were handed the incentive of a quarter-final home clash with Manchester United if they can overcome the Saints in next week's Griffin Park replay.

With their eccentric manager Martin Allen attracting headlines galore for his antics, which included swimming in the Tees after the Hartlepool tie, United will be hoping that distracts his side from the task of making the League One play-offs ( and gives them a chance of quick revenge.

Since losing the FA Cup tie ( their first defeat at Victoria Park this season ( United then lost their unbeaten home league record to Luton Town.

But victory against Port Vale has restored confidence, as has the performance of Gavin Strachan after the midfielder responded to being booed against the Hatters with a performance which won plaudits from manager Neale Cooper.

Victory tonight will lift Cooper's side above their rivals Sheffield Wednesday, who do not play until tomorrow.

And if results go their way tonight, they could be as high as third in the table.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2005
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