Scunthorpe claimed their first away victory since 1 October as Hartlepool lost their ninth home match in a row.

The Iron went ahead when Garry Thompson burst forward and his clipped cross was turned in by the advancing Sam Togwell.

Scunthorpe doubled their lead as they counter-attacked from a Hartlepool throw-in as Thompson raced 50 yards and shot past goalkeeper Scott Flinders.

Pools pulled a goal back with seven minutes left through Andy Monkhouse's 25-yard shot but it was not enough.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Hartlepool United head coach Neale Cooper told BBC Tees:

"I don't want to put pressure on the players but we've got to play a lot better than that for the supporters.

"I'm really sorry for the performance. I wanted to come back to see a good game of football and a good performance.

"It wasn't to be, so it's back to the drawing board and see what we can do."

Scunthorpe United assistant manager Chris Brass told BBC Radio Humberside:

"In order to win a game of football you do have to go that extra yard, it doesn't matter whatever level you're playing at. They did that today and I believe that's why we won.

"Performances like that really set you in a good stand and going into the turn of a new year it really has helped.

"The potential is there. They've got to start believing in themselves and they've got to understand what it takes in order to turn it around. It will take time."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 04 Liddle
  • 06 Horwood
  • 29 Hartley
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 14 Luscombe (Brown - 60' Booked )
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 33 James
  • 10 Boyd (Solano - 73' )
  • 11 Monkhouse

Substitutes

  • 21 Rafferty
  • 16 Haslam
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 24 Solano
  • 07 Brown

Scunthorpe

  • 13 Slocombe
  • 03 Nolan
  • 04 Togwell
  • 19 Canavan
  • 26 Duffy
  • 07 Ryan Booked
  • 08 O'Connor (Wright - 84' )
  • 14 Norwood
  • 21 Barcham (Dagnall - 90' )
  • 10 Robertson
  • 11 Thompson

Substitutes

  • 27 Johnstone
  • 02 Wright
  • 15 Reid
  • 24 Palmer
  • 09 Dagnall
Ref: Geoff Eltringham
Att: 5,289

Match Stats

Shots

8 10

On target

4 6

Corners

4 5

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:45 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +4:35

Foul by Jimmy Ryan on Evan Horwood, free kick awarded.

90:00 +4:35 Booking

Booking Jimmy Ryan goes into the book.

90:00 +3:01 Substitution

Substitution Chris Dagnall on for Andy Barcham.

90:00 +3:01

Andy Barcham produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

90:00 +0:55

The referee blows for offside against Jimmy Ryan. Evan Horwood takes the indirect free kick.

89:37

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jordan Robertson. Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.

87:53

Garry Thompson challenges Andy Monkhouse unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nolberto Solano restarts play with the free kick. Nolberto Solano produces a cross, clearance made by Garry Thompson.

85:53

The ball is crossed by Nolberto Solano, Andy Monkhouse takes a shot. Eddie Nolan manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Eddie Nolan. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Togwell by Ritchie Humphreys. Direct free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

83:14 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Wright is brought on as a substitute for Michael O'Connor.

82:08

The assist for the goal came from Evan Horwood.

82:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Monkhouse - Hartlepool 1 - 2 Scunthorpe Goal scored by Andy Monkhouse from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hartlepool 1-2 Scunthorpe.

81:54

Foul by Jimmy Ryan on Gary Liddle, free kick awarded. Evan Horwood takes the free kick.

80:57

Neil Austin delivers the ball. Shot by Andy Monkhouse from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

79:12

Eddie Nolan crosses the ball, clearance made by Evan Horwood.

78:13

Foul by Jimmy Ryan on Ritchie Humphreys, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

75:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Togwell on James Brown. Nolberto Solano delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Michael O'Connor manages to make a clearance.

73:27

Shane Duffy provided the assist for the goal.

73:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Garry Thompson - Hartlepool 0 - 2 Scunthorpe Goal scored by Garry Thompson from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Hartlepool 0-2 Scunthorpe.

72:18 Substitution

Substitution Adam Boyd leaves the field to be replaced by Nolberto Solano.

71:56

Unfair challenge on Neil Austin by Michael O'Connor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Neil Austin.

70:50

Andy Monkhouse is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

69:02

Effort on goal by Andy Barcham from 12 yards. Scott Flinders makes a save. Garry Thompson produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

68:10 Booking

Booking James Brown receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

67:50

Unfair challenge on Eddie Nolan by James Brown results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Eddie Nolan.

66:29

The official flags Andy Monkhouse offside. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

66:02

Jordan Robertson is ruled offside. Neil Austin takes the indirect free kick.

60:31

The ball is delivered by James Brown, save by Sam Slocombe. The ball is delivered by Luke James, James Brown has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

59:19 Substitution

Substitution James Brown replaces Nathan Luscombe.

56:12

Michael O'Connor takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Antony Sweeney makes a clearance. The ball is crossed by Michael O'Connor, Andy Barcham takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

55:22

The ball is crossed by Eddie Nolan.

53:52

The ball is delivered by Luke James, Shane Duffy makes a clearance. The ball is swung over by Ritchie Humphreys, Headed effort on goal by Adam Boyd from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

51:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antony Sweeney by Shane Duffy. Evan Horwood delivers the ball, Adam Boyd has a volleyed shot. Michael O'Connor gets a block in.

47:59

The referee blows for offside. Evan Horwood takes the free kick.

45:20

Michael O'Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on Antony Sweeney. Direct free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:58 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:11

Luke James concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Duffy. Direct free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

42:35

Jimmy Ryan has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

42:05

Inswinging corner taken by Oliver Norwood.

39:58

Foul by Evan Horwood on Michael O'Connor, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Shane Duffy.

37:08

A cross is delivered by Garry Thompson, Scott Flinders makes a save.

35:55

Unfair challenge on Neil Austin by Jimmy Ryan results in a free kick. Gary Liddle takes the direct free kick.

34:28

Corner taken right-footed by Oliver Norwood, save by Scott Flinders. Oliver Norwood takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Scott Flinders makes a save.

33:13

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

31:06

The assist for the goal came from Jordan Robertson.

31:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Togwell - Hartlepool 0 - 1 Scunthorpe Sam Togwell finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hartlepool 0-1 Scunthorpe.

30:11

The ball is delivered by Luke James, Sam Slocombe makes a save.

29:26

Jordan Robertson challenges Neil Austin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

29:06

Oliver Norwood fouled by Andy Monkhouse, the ref awards a free kick. Niall Canavan restarts play with the free kick.

28:21

Centre by Sam Togwell.

26:27

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Neil Austin, save made by Sam Slocombe.

25:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Robertson on Gary Liddle. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

21:00

Corner taken by Michael O'Connor from the left by-line, Scott Flinders makes a save.

20:24

Shot from long range by Adam Boyd misses to the left of the target.

19:02

Centre by Michael O'Connor, Scott Flinders makes a save.

18:21

Adam Boyd takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Niall Canavan gets a block in.

15:08

Michael O'Connor produces a cross, clearance by Gary Liddle.

14:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael O'Connor by Antony Sweeney. Free kick taken by Niall Canavan.

12:56

Shot by Andy Barcham. Save by Scott Flinders.

12:19

Shot from 30 yards by Jimmy Ryan. Save by Scott Flinders.

11:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Austin by Andy Barcham. Direct free kick taken by Gary Liddle.

10:37

Eddie Nolan challenges Luke James unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Evan Horwood from right wing, Niall Canavan manages to make a clearance.

10:00

Evan Horwood sends in a cross, clearance made by Shane Duffy.

7:25

Niall Canavan fouled by Andy Monkhouse, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Slocombe takes the direct free kick.

6:20

Neil Austin takes a inswinging corner.

5:34

Shot from 30 yards by Jimmy Ryan. Save by Scott Flinders.

3:14

Foul by Evan Horwood on Garry Thompson, free kick awarded. Michael O'Connor delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save made by Scott Flinders.

3:05

Garry Thompson crosses the ball, Gary Liddle makes a clearance.

1:24

Corner taken right-footed by Evan Horwood from the right by-line, clearance made by Niall Canavan.

0:16

Foul by Gary Liddle on Andy Barcham, free kick awarded. Michael O'Connor takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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