Andy Robinson's second-half penalty helped send Tranmere back to the top of League One with victory at Hartlepool.

Paul Murray and Simon Walton had the home side's best efforts of the first half, while Jake Jervis and Jake Cassidy had chances for the visitors.

Peter Hartley fouled James Wallace in the box and Robinson converted the spot-kick to give Tranmere the lead.

Substitute Cole Stockton's curler from inside the box after Robinson's corner put the gloss on the victory.

Hartlepool, who were watched by prospective boss Phil Brown, remain bottom after making it 15 games without a win.

Walton and Jon Franks had the hosts' best chances after the break, while Ben Gibson put a free header wide at the other end.

Zoumana Bakayogo twice went close for Tranmere, who move two points clear of Sheffield United and Stevenage.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I thought we were sloppy and edgy in the first half and I don't know why. Probably not playing at the weekend hasn't really helped us.

"Give Hartlepool credit. They've shown a lot of spirit and desire, without really having too many opportunities.

"You see so many saves being made and so many balls going across that you think it isn't going to be your night.

"Luckily James Wallace got on the ball and I thought it was a nailed on penalty. That gave us a bit of a breather."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 29 Hartley
  • 07 Franks
  • 08 Walton
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 19 Richards Booked
  • 20 Murray (Luscombe - 80' )
  • 10 Poole (Noble - 66' )
  • 39 Howard

Substitutes

  • 31 McHugh
  • 06 Horwood
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 22 Holden
  • 14 Luscombe
  • 35 Noble
  • 36 Wyke

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 04 Taylor
  • 14 Bakayogo
  • 21 Gibson Booked
  • 06 Palmer
  • 08 Wallace
  • 10 Robinson Booked
  • 09 Cassidy
  • 22 Bell-Baggie (McGurk - 36' )
  • 24 Jervis (Stockton - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 05 Goodison
  • 19 Kay
  • 07 Thompson
  • 12 Harrison
  • 11 McGurk
  • 16 Stockton
Ref: Sutton
Att: 3,285

Match Stats

Shots

9 14

On target

3 7

Corners

3 8

Fouls

11 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:50 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Cole Stockton - Hartlepool 0 - 2 Tranmere A goal is scored by Cole Stockton from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hartlepool 0-2 Tranmere.

90:00 +2:22

Corner taken short by Andy Robinson.

90:00 +1:50

Cole Stockton takes a shot. Neil Austin manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:13

The ball is sent over by Jonathan Franks, Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

86:46

Handball decision goes against Liam Palmer. Sam Collins takes the free kick.

85:24

Liam Palmer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Luscombe. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nathan Luscombe from left channel, save by Owain Fon Williams.

84:29

Cole Stockton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Collins. Direct free kick taken by Simon Walton.

81:56

Jake Cassidy has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

79:58 Substitution

Substitution Paul Murray goes off and Nathan Luscombe comes on.

79:49

Effort on goal by Simon Walton from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

78:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Robinson - Hartlepool 0 - 1 Tranmere Penalty taken right-footed by Andy Robinson and scored. Hartlepool 0-1 Tranmere.

78:09

Peter Hartley challenges James Wallace unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

77:32

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Robinson, clearance by Antony Sweeney.

76:20

Corner taken by Adam McGurk from the right by-line, Cole Stockton concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Flinders. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

75:00

Adam McGurk takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Sam Collins.

74:32

Liam Palmer takes a shot. Scott Flinders makes a save.

73:06 Substitution

Substitution Cole Stockton on for Jake Jervis.

72:09

Liam Palmer takes a shot. Blocked by Peter Hartley.

71:26

Neil Austin produces a cross. Handball by Steve Howard. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

68:53

Effort on goal by Andy Robinson from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

68:18

The ball is delivered by Zoumana Bakayogo.

68:03

Centre by Danny Holmes, Peter Hartley makes a clearance.

66:31

Shot by Adam McGurk from 25 yards. Save by Scott Flinders.

65:36 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Noble replaces James Poole.

61:59

Adam McGurk takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

61:15

Simon Walton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

61:15 Booking

Booking Ben Gibson is shown a yellow card.

60:54

Foul by Ben Gibson on James Poole, free kick awarded.

59:42

Zoumana Bakayogo fouled by Antony Sweeney, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Gibson restarts play with the free kick.

58:26

Adam McGurk takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Ben Gibson produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

58:09

Andy Robinson has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Scott Flinders makes a save.

56:27

Simon Walton produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

56:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ash Taylor on Steve Howard. Free kick taken by Neil Austin.

55:25

The official flags Steve Howard offside. Ben Gibson takes the free kick.

54:45

The ball is crossed by Neil Austin, Headed effort from inside the area by Steve Howard misses to the left of the goal.

54:23

James Poole takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Liam Palmer.

53:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Austin by Danny Holmes. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

52:51

Jonathan Franks takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Palmer.

51:51

Liam Palmer challenges Jordan Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Richards.

51:09

Steve Howard is flagged offside by the assistant referee. James Wallace takes the direct free kick.

49:58

Adam McGurk crosses the ball.

49:07

Jake Cassidy challenges Neil Austin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Hartley.

47:46

James Poole produces a cross.

46:10

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Andy Robinson from left wing, Steve Howard makes a clearance.

46:10 Booking

Booking Jordan Richards is given a yellow card.

46:00

Foul by Jordan Richards on James Wallace, free kick awarded.

45:15

Shot from 12 yards by Jonathan Franks. Save made by Owain Fon Williams.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:56

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson from the right by-line, save made by Scott Flinders.

44:42

Danny Holmes crosses the ball, Antony Sweeney manages to make a clearance.

40:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Howard on Liam Palmer. Free kick taken by Ash Taylor.

38:55

Jonathan Franks crosses the ball, clearance by Zoumana Bakayogo.

37:02

Foul by Simon Walton on Liam Palmer, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andy Robinson from right wing, Scott Flinders makes a clearance.

36:12

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Poole from the right by-line, Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

35:26 Substitution

Substitution Abdulai Bell-Baggie goes off and Adam McGurk comes on.

34:23

Jordan Richards challenges Andy Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Andy Robinson.

33:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Antony Sweeney. Free kick taken by Ash Taylor.

32:53

The official flags Jake Cassidy offside. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

32:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Collins on Jake Jervis. Ben Gibson takes the free kick.

31:28

Shot from outside the penalty box by Neil Austin goes wide right of the goal.

30:31

The referee blows for offside against Antony Sweeney. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

27:38

Andy Robinson produces a cross.

26:54

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Robinson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Neil Austin.

26:37

Effort from 20 yards by Liam Palmer. Paul Murray gets a block in.

25:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Howard on James Wallace. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andy Robinson from right wing, clearance made by Peter Hartley.

19:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Cassidy on Peter Hartley. Neil Austin takes the direct free kick.

17:18

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson, Neil Austin makes a clearance.

17:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Jervis by Paul Murray. James Wallace takes the direct free kick.

15:24

Simon Walton takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

14:05

Jake Cassidy sends in a cross, Effort from deep inside the area by Jake Jervis misses to the right of the target.

12:57

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Franks. Danny Holmes takes the free kick.

12:11

Jonathan Franks delivers the ball, Ben Gibson makes a clearance.

11:29

Jonathan Franks concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Holmes. Danny Holmes takes the direct free kick.

10:01

Jordan Richards crosses the ball, Ben Gibson manages to make a clearance.

9:10 Booking

Booking Andy Robinson is cautioned.

6:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Austin on Abdulai Bell-Baggie. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

5:56

Effort on goal by Jake Jervis from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

5:03

Liam Palmer takes a shot. Clearance made by Neil Austin.

4:18

Jordan Richards delivers the ball, clearance by Ben Gibson.

2:07

Shot by Paul Murray from outside the box goes high over the target.

1:37

Inswinging corner taken by James Poole, clearance made by Ash Taylor.

1:11

Simon Walton takes the inswinging corner, Jake Cassidy manages to make a clearance.

0:31

The ball is crossed by Antony Sweeney.

0:00

The game begins.

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