Huddersfield moved to within two points of the automatic promotion places as Alan Lee's winner saw off Hartlepool.

The Terriers dominated possession but Pools goalkeeper Scott Flinders saved Antony Kay's creative backheeled effort and later parried Danny Ward's attempt.

Substitute Lee scored when he collected Joey Gudjonsson's pass on his chest and fired a low half-volley past Flinders.

However, the visitors nearly grabbed a late equaliser but Andy Monkhouse's 35-yard shot bounced off the post.

Huddersfield remain unbeaten since Simon Grayson replaced Lee Clark as manager and have won twice and drawn twice in the new Terriers boss's four games in charge.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Huddersfield Town manager Simon Grayson tells BBC Radio Leeds:

"We didn't play as well as we did at the weekend but we've won the football match and that's what it's all about.

"It's about winning football matches at this stage of the season whether you win them through free flowing football or if it's scrappy, we'll take every three points that are available.

"We're all in it together and we all want to achieve the same targets."

Hartlepool United first-team coach Neale Cooper tells BBC Tees:

"Credit to the players again they've been excellent for me, we knew they would come at us and they did early on.

"Over the piece we finished very strongly, so we're happy with the effort tonight.

"James Poole has pulled a muscle, Luke James is out, Gary Liddle out, Poole now, and Sammy Adjei from Newcastle is now out, I'm doubtful any will be back for Saturday."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Huddersfield

  • 01 Smithies
  • 02 Woods
  • 06 McCombe
  • 08 Kay
  • 15 Morrison
  • 32 Hunt
  • 04 Gudjonsson
  • 11 Ward (Johnson - 86' )
  • 16 Arfield (Roberts - 62' )
  • 17 Rhodes
  • 21 Novak (Lee - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Bennett
  • 03 Naysmith
  • 07 Roberts
  • 14 Johnson
  • 19 Lee

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Horwood
  • 18 Baldwin Booked
  • 29 Hartley
  • 03 Humphreys (Boyd - 79' )
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 20 Murray (Nish - 79' )
  • 08 Poole (Brown - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Rafferty
  • 16 Haslam
  • 07 Brown
  • 09 Nish
  • 10 Boyd
Ref: Tierney
Att: 12,316

Match Stats

Shots

10 3

On target

5 2

Corners

6 4

Fouls

9 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:11

Corner taken right-footed by Neil Austin to the near post, Jordan Rhodes manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Lee by Peter Hartley. Gary Roberts takes the free kick.

88:20

The offside flag is raised against Colin Nish. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

84:49

Alex Smithies takes the free kick.

84:49 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Ward goes off and Damien Johnson comes on.

84:49

Adam Boyd takes a shot. Alex Smithies makes a save. The offside flag is raised against Colin Nish.

84:01

Shot from a long way out by Andy Monkhouse bounces off the post.

82:36

Shot by Joey Gudjonsson from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

81:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Lee on Jack Baldwin. Direct free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

78:37 Substitution

Substitution Adam Boyd comes on in place of Ritchie Humphreys.

78:37 Substitution

Substitution (Hartlepool) makes a substitution, with Colin Nish coming on for Paul Murray.

76:14

Sean Morrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ritchie Humphreys. Evan Horwood takes the direct free kick.

75:55

Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

74:32

The assist for the goal came from Joey Gudjonsson.

74:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Lee - Huddersfld 1 - 0 Hartlepool Alan Lee gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Huddersfield 1-0 Hartlepool.

69:18

Antony Kay has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

67:38

Alan Lee challenges Paul Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.

66:29

Antony Sweeney takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Evan Horwood.

64:48

The referee blows for offside against Alan Lee. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

61:10 Substitution

Substitution Alan Lee comes on in place of Lee Novak.

61:10 Substitution

Substitution (Huddersfield) makes a substitution, with Gary Roberts coming on for Scott Arfield.

60:38

Calum Woods restarts play with the free kick.

60:38 Booking

Booking Jack Baldwin is cautioned.

60:28

Jack Baldwin challenges Antony Kay unfairly and gives away a free kick.

56:53

Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Ward to the near post, Andy Monkhouse makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Ward, clearance made by Paul Murray.

55:31

James Brown fouled by Calum Woods, the ref awards a free kick. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

50:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ritchie Humphreys by Sean Morrison. Evan Horwood takes the free kick.

49:33

Effort on goal by Daniel Ward from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution James Brown on for James Poole.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

42:14

The assistant referee signals for offside against Antony Sweeney. Free kick taken by Sean Morrison.

40:23

Andy Monkhouse challenges Jamie McCombe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sean Morrison takes the free kick.

37:47

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood from the right by-line, Jamie McCombe manages to make a clearance.

37:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Antony Kay on Jack Baldwin. Direct free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

34:35

Foul by Jack Hunt on James Poole, free kick awarded. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

33:25

Peter Hartley is penalised for a handball. Daniel Ward takes the free kick. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Ward, clearance by Sam Collins.

31:29

Neil Austin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Novak. Free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

27:51

Lee Novak has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the goal.

26:52

Paul Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antony Kay. Direct free kick taken by Joey Gudjonsson.

23:12

Corner taken by Daniel Ward from the right by-line, save made by Scott Flinders.

18:54

Neil Austin fouled by Daniel Ward, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

15:40

James Poole is caught offside. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.

13:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Collins by Jordan Rhodes. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

12:24

Daniel Ward takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

11:36

Antony Kay takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Ward, Peter Hartley makes a clearance.

9:06

Shot by Joey Gudjonsson from outside the box goes high over the target.

7:47

Jack Hunt crosses the ball.

5:20

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Neil Austin played to the near post, clearance by Jamie McCombe.

2:46

Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders. Daniel Ward takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Sam Collins.

1:28

Ritchie Humphreys is caught offside. Alex Smithies takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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