Hartlepool picked up their first victory of the League One season at the expense of Scunthorpe.

Jonathan Franks put the hosts ahead midway through the first half with a powerful finish at the far post.

Iron midfielder Josh Walker was sent off when he handled Antony Sweeney's header on the line, but Steve Howard's penalty was saved by Sam Slocombe.

But Luke James did put the game to bed late on when took Andy Monkhouse's pass on his chest and slotted the ball home.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Humberside:

"First half, we didn't really have a go. Second half, we did and had more of the game and more of the chances - but you've got to put it in the back of the net and keep it out of ours.

"We're just not executing. Some of the passing was really sloppy first half, slow, no tempo, too many touches - all the things we ask them not to do.

"Don't get me wrong, we talk about passing it but you have to be more direct and we want to overplay at times.

"It's basic stuff, there's nothing that the players didn't know about Hartlepool, nothing at all."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Horwood
  • 29 Hartley
  • 07 Franks (Holden - 70' )
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 20 Murray
  • 10 Poole (James - 62' )
  • 39 Howard

Substitutes

  • 31 McHugh
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 22 Holden
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 08 Walton
  • 14 Luscombe
  • 33 James

Scunthorpe United

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 15 Canavan
  • 21 Newey
  • 04 Walker Dismissed
  • 07 Ryan (Jennings - 55' )
  • 16 Duffy
  • 24 Prutton
  • 10 Grella
  • 11 Barcham (Keegan - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 20 Howe
  • 14 Gibbons
  • 18 Hughes
  • 12 Jennings
  • 23 Keegan
Ref: Coote
Att: 3,863

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

5 4

Corners

3 7

Fouls

9 4

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:33

The ball is sent over by Christian Ribeiro, clearance made by Paul Murray.

90:00 +2:07

Paul Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mike Grella. Free kick taken by Mike Grella.

90:00 +1:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Howard on Niall Canavan. Niall Canavan restarts play with the free kick.

89:14

Handball decision goes against Niall Canavan. Evan Horwood fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Sam Slocombe.

88:10

Mike Grella is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

87:08

Paul Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Keegan. David Mirfin restarts play with the free kick.

85:38

Andy Monkhouse provided the assist for the goal.

85:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke James - Hartlepool 2 - 0 Scunthorpe Luke James gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hartlepool 2-0 Scunthorpe.

84:28

Steve Howard is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

83:39

Mark Duffy takes a shot from 20 yards. Scott Flinders makes a save.

82:02

Unfair challenge on Connor Jennings by Neil Austin results in a free kick. Niall Canavan restarts play with the free kick.

79:43

Centre by Darren Holden.

79:18

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Mark Duffy from the right by-line, clearance made by Peter Hartley.

78:56 Dismissal

Dismissal Josh Walker sent off.

78:39 Penalty

Penalty taken by Steve Howard is saved by Sam Slocombe. Hartlepool 1-0 Scunthorpe.

77:46

Neil Austin crosses the ball, Antony Sweeney takes a shot. Handball decision goes against Josh Walker.

75:30

Darren Holden sends in a cross, save by Sam Slocombe.

70:30 Substitution

Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Jordan Keegan coming on for Andy Barcham.

69:55 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Franks leaves the field to be replaced by Darren Holden.

69:01

Andy Monkhouse has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

67:46

Jonathan Franks crosses the ball.

67:25

David Prutton produces a cross, save made by Scott Flinders.

66:08

The ball is crossed by Connor Jennings, clearance made by Neil Austin.

63:53

Corner taken by Josh Walker from the right by-line, comfortable save by Scott Flinders.

62:55

Andy Barcham crosses the ball, Mark Duffy takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders. Corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker from the right by-line, Sam Collins makes a clearance.

61:32 Substitution

Substitution James Poole goes off and Luke James comes on.

61:10

The official flags Mark Duffy offside. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

58:34

Andy Barcham takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

57:38

James Poole is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Slocombe takes the indirect free kick.

56:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Monkhouse by Mark Duffy. Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.

56:07

Foul by Antony Sweeney on Josh Walker, free kick awarded. Josh Walker takes the free kick.

55:15

Josh Walker takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders. Josh Walker takes the inswinging corner, save by Scott Flinders.

54:38 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy Ryan leaves the field to be replaced by Connor Jennings.

53:39

Inswinging corner taken by Josh Walker, Scott Flinders makes a comfortable save.

51:08

Shot from 25 yards from James Poole. Comfortable save by Sam Slocombe.

50:39

The referee blows for offside against Mike Grella. Free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

49:37

Effort from outside the penalty box by Josh Walker goes wide left of the goal.

48:38

Christian Ribeiro fouled by Andy Monkhouse, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Josh Walker, clearance by Steve Howard. A cross is delivered by Josh Walker, save by Scott Flinders.

46:25

Jonathan Franks sends in a cross, save made by Sam Slocombe.

46:05

Peter Hartley sends in a cross, David Mirfin makes a clearance.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

44:16

Centre by Jonathan Franks, Antony Sweeney takes a shot. Sam Slocombe makes a save.

43:40

The ball is crossed by Andy Monkhouse, clearance made by Niall Canavan.

42:38

Jonathan Franks produces a cross.

38:33

Corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker, Shot from 12 yards by Niall Canavan. Shot from inside the area by Mike Grella clears the bar.

38:02

A cross is delivered by Andy Barcham, Neil Austin manages to make a clearance.

34:23

The ball is sent over by Jonathan Franks, clearance made by Jimmy Ryan. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Franks, Foul by Sam Collins on Christian Ribeiro, free kick awarded. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

33:47

The ball is crossed by Neil Austin, save by Sam Slocombe.

28:33

The ball is crossed by Antony Sweeney, Tom Newey manages to make a clearance.

28:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Mirfin by Steve Howard. Direct free kick taken by David Prutton.

27:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Austin by Andy Barcham. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

27:11

Jimmy Ryan produces a cross, Andy Monkhouse makes a clearance.

25:59

The ball is crossed by Antony Sweeney, save made by Sam Slocombe.

24:11

Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Franks, Header by Peter Hartley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

23:43

The offside flag is raised against Steve Howard. David Mirfin takes the free kick.

22:28

Evan Horwood provided the assist for the goal.

22:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonathan Franks - Hartlepool 1 - 0 Scunthorpe Jonathan Franks grabs a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Hartlepool 1-0 Scunthorpe.

22:03

Paul Murray fouled by Jimmy Ryan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

20:58

Shot from just outside the box by Antony Sweeney misses to the left of the goal.

18:47

The offside flag is raised against Andy Barcham. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

17:55

Steve Howard takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

16:17

The ball is delivered by Christian Ribeiro, clearance made by Peter Hartley. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker, Peter Hartley manages to make a clearance.

16:00

Josh Walker sends in a cross, clearance made by Neil Austin.

13:07

Mike Grella produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

11:40

James Poole crosses the ball, clearance made by Niall Canavan.

10:21

Andy Barcham produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

9:06

Christian Ribeiro sends in a cross, save by Scott Flinders.

4:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Collins by Niall Canavan. Evan Horwood has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

4:05

Inswinging corner taken by Jonathan Franks from the left by-line, Christian Ribeiro makes a clearance.

1:44

Steve Howard challenges David Mirfin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

1:20

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mark Duffy. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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