Palmer is con­vinced goals will flow now

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam Ed­wards

OL­LIE PALMER is ready to start match­ing strike part­ner Jay Simp­son’s pro­duc­tiv­ity in front of goal af­ter notch­ing an FA Cup dou­ble.

Simp­son is the top­scorer in League Two with 11, while Palmer has just one league goal to his name, de­spite fea­tur­ing in all 16 games this sea­son.

How­ever, the 23-year-old found the net twice in Ori­ent’s 6-1 FA Cup de­mo­li­tion of Staines Town last week and the for­ward be­lieves he is due a pur­ple patch.

“Me and Jay have linked up well,” said Palmer. “Of course, a part­ner­ship doesn’t hap­pen overnight.You have to start un­der­stand­ing each other and know where the other per­son is go­ing to be.

“As a for­ward, that is what you want to do and I’ve been a bit un­for­tu­nate of late. I’m glad to get off the mark and I want to take that into Hartle­pool. The main fo­cus is get­ting back into the top three.

“De­spite our dip in form, we are still close to the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places and that demon­strates the qual­ity we have in our squad.”

Stand­ing be­tween Ian Hen­don’s side and three points are Hartle­pool, un­der the glare of the Sky cam­eras.

The Pools are lan­guish­ing near the foot of the ta­ble but are on a high af­ter beat­ing Chel­tenham Town in the FA Cup, draw­ing Sal­ford City in the sec­ond round and com­plet­ing the loan sign­ing of Mikael Man­dron on Fri­day.

Man­ager Ron­nie Moore may not throw him straight into the side but he can call upon Carl Mag­nay af­ter he com­pleted his six-match ban for spit­ting.

He could also have Magnus Okuong­hae and Scott Har­ri­son fit again, cre­at­ing a se­lec­tion headache af­ter new loan sign­ing Adam Jackson and Matthew Bates im­pressed at the back against Chel­tenham.

“It’s hard hav­ing de­ci­sions like that,” said Moore, “but you have to make those calls.”

PIC­TURES: Gareth Owen


Lu­ton CAM THE MAN: Cameron McGee­han cel­e­brates scor­ing Lu­ton’s sec­ond goal. Inset: Luke Wilkin­son heads to­wards goal



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