Hartlepool United have now gone 11 games without a win following their home defeat by high-flying Crawley.

Hope Akpan got the only goal of the game with a dipping volley from just outside the area.

Neil Austin went closest for Hartlepool but he was denied twice in the second half by Paul Jones in the Crawley goal.

The win leaves the Red Devils fourth in the League Two table whilst Hartlepool remain second bottom, with just one victory in the league.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley boss Richie Barker told BBC Radio Sussex:

"We prepared in the right way and did everything right and that has shown.

"At times some of our football was excellent, we created so many chances.

"My only disappointment is that it was only 1-0 because that meant we were always on the edge but I was also delighted with the way we defend."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 18 Baldwin Booked
  • 22 Holden
  • 07 Franks (Richards - 81' )
  • 08 Walton Booked
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 10 Poole
  • 35 Noble (Luscombe - 61' )
  • 39 Howard Booked

Substitutes

  • 31 McHugh
  • 23 Buddle
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 14 Luscombe
  • 17 Rutherford
  • 19 Richards
  • 28 Hawkins

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 05 McFadzean (Connolly - 80' )
  • 19 Byrne
  • 28 Davis Booked
  • 06 Akpan (Bulman - 89' )
  • 11 Simpson
  • 16 Adams Booked
  • 21 Jones
  • 09 Alexander
  • 10 Forte (Clarke - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Kuipers
  • 04 Connolly
  • 13 Hunt
  • 07 Clarke
  • 08 Torres
  • 15 Bulman
  • 14 Ajose
Ref: Wright
Att: 3,852

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

5 7

Corners

4 8

Fouls

11 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:31 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +5:13 Booking

Booking Steve Howard goes into the referee's book.

90:00 +4:40

Steve Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Dannie Bulman. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:36

Billy Clarke takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:36 Booking

Booking Simon Walton is cautioned.

90:00 +3:32

Nicky Adams fouled by Simon Walton, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +2:28

Shot by Nathan Luscombe from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +2:00

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Walton from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Dannie Bulman.

90:00 +1:28

Gary Alexander challenges Jack Baldwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

90:00 +0:35

Corner taken by Simon Walton.

88:46 Substitution

Substitution Hope Akpan leaves the field to be replaced by Dannie Bulman.

88:46

Unfair challenge on Gary Alexander by Steve Howard results in a free kick. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

88:30

A cross is delivered by Nathan Byrne, save by Scott Flinders.

87:38

Nicky Adams produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Neil Austin.

86:31

Foul by Sam Collins on Gary Alexander, free kick awarded. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

85:54 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Claude Davis for unsporting behaviour.

85:46

Claude Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Howard. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

85:02

Steve Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams. Paul Jones takes the indirect free kick.

82:47

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams from the right by-line. Drilled right-footed shot by Mike Jones. Save by Scott Flinders.

82:10

James Poole sends in a cross, save made by Paul Jones.

76:15 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Richards is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Franks.

76:15 Substitution

Substitution Mark Connolly on for Kyle McFadzean.

76:15

Claude Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Poole. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Simon Walton from left wing, save by Paul Jones. The assistant referee signals for offside against Steve Howard. Paul Jones takes the indirect free kick.

75:05

Billy Clarke is ruled offside. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

74:08 Substitution

Substitution Billy Clarke joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Forte.

74:08

Unfair challenge on Nathan Byrne by Antony Sweeney results in a free kick. Nathan Byrne takes the direct free kick.

72:41

Unfair challenge on James Poole by Claude Davis results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonathan Franks. Effort from 20 yards by Neil Austin. Hope Akpan gets a block in.

72:24

Jonathan Forte challenges Neil Austin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

71:18

Shot by Neil Austin. Fantastic save by Paul Jones. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Simon Walton, clearance by Mike Jones.

71:00

Steve Howard fouled by Hope Akpan, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Walton takes the free kick.

69:38

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams played to the near post, clearance made by Antony Sweeney. Corner from the right by-line taken by Nicky Adams, Hope Akpan has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

68:46

Steve Howard challenges Hope Akpan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathan Byrne takes the direct free kick.

66:49

Foul by Kyle McFadzean on James Poole, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nathan Luscombe.

64:26

The ball is sent over by Nathan Byrne, clearance by Neil Austin.

63:29 Booking

Booking Jack Baldwin receives a yellow card.

63:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Baldwin on Nicky Adams. Free kick taken by Nicky Adams.

61:31

Unfair challenge on Antony Sweeney by Josh Simpson results in a free kick. Simon Walton has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Hope Akpan.

60:36 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Luscombe replaces Ryan Noble.

59:46

Jonathan Franks sends in a cross, Claude Davis makes a clearance. Unfair challenge on Gary Alexander by Neil Austin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

58:25

Josh Simpson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

56:35

The ball is crossed by Nicky Adams, save by Scott Flinders.

55:15

A cross is delivered by Nicky Adams.

53:23

Hope Akpan is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Neil Austin fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Paul Jones. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Poole from the right by-line. Centre by James Poole, Claude Davis manages to make a clearance.

51:58

Foul by Josh Simpson on Jonathan Franks, free kick awarded. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

51:44

A cross is delivered by Jonathan Forte, clearance made by Jack Baldwin.

51:04

The ball is sent over by Nicky Adams, Scott Flinders makes a save.

50:45

Ryan Noble is caught offside. Claude Davis takes the free kick.

46:10

The ball is crossed by Nicky Adams, Neil Austin manages to make a clearance.

45:31

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Jonathan Franks misses to the left of the target.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:45 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mat Sadler on Jonathan Franks. Jonathan Franks restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:40 Booking

Booking Nicky Adams is booked.

44:08

Steve Howard fouled by Claude Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonathan Franks. Simon Walton takes a shot. Blocked by Mike Jones.

43:45

A cross is delivered by Mat Sadler, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Flinders by Jonathan Forte. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

42:04

Corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams, save by Scott Flinders.

40:53

Effort from 20 yards by Gary Alexander. Save by Scott Flinders. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams, Jack Baldwin manages to make a clearance.

39:40

The ball is delivered by Mike Jones. The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Forte. Direct free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

38:30

Simon Walton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Simpson. Direct free kick taken by Kyle McFadzean.

37:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ryan Noble. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

33:26

The ball is crossed by Darren Holden.

32:12

A cross is delivered by Nicky Adams, Darren Holden manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams, Sam Collins makes a clearance.

31:45

The offside flag is raised against Ryan Noble. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

31:09

Jonathan Forte is caught offside. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

29:59

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Franks.

26:42

Nathan Byrne sends in a cross, save made by Scott Flinders.

25:32

Jonathan Forte is caught offside. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

23:28

Effort on goal by Mike Jones from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

23:06

Shot by Josh Simpson. Save by Scott Flinders.

21:55

Neil Austin produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Save made by Paul Jones.

19:42

Shot from 12 yards by Jonathan Forte. Save by Scott Flinders.

19:15

Centre by Jonathan Franks, clearance made by Claude Davis.

18:15

Drilled right-footed shot by Nicky Adams. Scott Flinders makes a save.

17:35

Gary Alexander concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Baldwin. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

14:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Hope Akpan - Hartlepool 0 - 1 Crawley Hope Akpan fires in a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hartlepool 0-1 Crawley Town.

14:14

Corner taken by Nicky Adams from the left by-line played to the near post, Antony Sweeney makes a clearance.

12:38

Nicky Adams delivers the ball.

11:07

Effort on goal by Ryan Noble from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

10:24

Jack Baldwin fouled by Jonathan Forte, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Walton.

8:03

Nathan Byrne delivers the ball, save by Scott Flinders.

7:41

Mike Jones delivers the ball, clearance made by Antony Sweeney.

6:46

Nathan Byrne delivers the ball, save by Scott Flinders.

4:19

The ball is delivered by Hope Akpan. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nicky Adams, Steve Howard manages to make a clearance.

3:01

Steve Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle McFadzean. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

0:47

Jonathan Franks crosses the ball, clearance made by Claude Davis.

0:18

Centre by Mat Sadler, save by Scott Flinders.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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