The team that - at least in modern time - may be most famous for a friendly (they beat ManU - containing a lot of first teamers - preseason with 6-0 1988) is our next opponents in the FA cup. Hartlepool was at least good enough to beat Stoke in the 3d round, so it's no easy game for West Ham at the Victoria Park, the 24th of January. And a few weeks ago they also won against Southend, with our Junior Stanislas in Uniteds team. But with the new reign, as we could see against Barnsley, I don't think it will be another West Ham hick-up. We'll take this one seriously enough!
Hopefully we have enough good players by then, to compete with the team from League One.