A Lucas Akins double helped Tranmere to victory at Hartlepool.

The home side had the best chance of the first half, Owain Fon Williams tipping over Nathan Luscombe's long-range strike.

Akins got his first straight after the break, tapping home after Adam McGurk's shot was parried by Scott Flinders.

The attacker consigned Hartlepool to their third home defeat in succession when he turned in a long throw at the near post.

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Hartlepool United head coach Mick Wadsworth told BBC Tees:

"I thought we started the game very well. We had some good opportunities and I thought we were the better team.

"I was talking to their manager Les Parry and he said we must be disappointed that we went in 0-0, but within 30 seconds of the second half we went 1-0 down.

"That made it very difficult, as Tranmere have done very well at getting 1-0 wins away from home. We've pushed on and conceded a second goal which was equally awful from a defensive point of view."

Tranmere manager Les Parry told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I think that's nine clean sheets we've kept in the league and that's fantastic.

"We need to keep this little run of form going and see where it takes us.

"It's nice to be in the top six, but it's another three points towards our target of 50, so you've got to look at it that way."

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