Coventry City scored five second-half goals as John Hughes's Hartlepool reign got off to a miserable start.

Carl Baker drilled home from 20 yards, before Sky Blues top scorer David McGoldrick calmly converted from the spot after Peter Hartley handled.

Baker volleyed in his second from 10 yards and Frank Moussa finished a swift counter-attack to curl in a fourth.

Substitute Adam Barton rounded off the scoring for the visitors when he rifled home from 16 yards.

McGoldrick's goal made him the first Coventry player to score in five successive away games since the club's all-time record scorer Clarrie Bourton in 1931.

The Sky Blues handed a debut to on-loan Sunderland left-back Blair Adams, whose signing was confirmed before the game.

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Sky Blues manager Mark Robins told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"In the first half we were testing the water. But they've come out and delivered a really good performance in the second half.

"I'm delighted because it's more like we want to see. And we would have been disappointed if we had conceded.

"It was a good day all round, but we don't get carried away. All credit to the supporters because they were really noisy and gave us good support again."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 22 Holden
  • 29 Hartley
  • 03 Humphreys (Walton - 66' )
  • 07 Franks
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 20 Murray (Monkhouse - 66' )
  • 10 Poole (Wyke - 77' )
  • 35 Noble

Substitutes

  • 32 Foden
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 08 Walton
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 14 Luscombe
  • 19 Richards
  • 36 Wyke

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 21 Christie (Clarke - 88' )
  • 24 Wood
  • 25 Edjenguele
  • 39 Adams
  • 08 Baker
  • 12 Jennings
  • 32 Moussa
  • 38 Bailey (Barton - 77' )
  • 11 McSheffrey
  • 31 McGoldrick (O'Donovan - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 02 Clarke
  • 05 Cameron
  • 16 Barton
  • 09 McDonald
  • 17 Ball
  • 19 O'Donovan
Ref: D'Urso
Att: 4,404

Match Stats

Shots

7 17

On target

3 12

Corners

2 8

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +0:59

Foul by Darren Holden on Roy O'Donovan, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from right wing.

87:52

Corner taken right-footed by Carl Baker from the right by-line, Foul by Gary McSheffrey on Scott Flinders, free kick awarded. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

87:52 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Clarke replaces Cyrus Christie.

87:10

Darren Holden crosses the ball, save by Joe Murphy.

85:22

William Edjenguele gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Wyke. Simon Walton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Steven Jennings makes a clearance.

84:55

Shot from just outside the box by Roy O'Donovan misses to the right of the target.

82:27 Substitution

Substitution Roy O'Donovan joins the action as a substitute, replacing David McGoldrick.

82:00

Shot from 12 yards from Jonathan Franks. Save by Joe Murphy.

79:02

Shot by Ryan Noble from deep inside the penalty area bounces off the post.

77:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Barton - Hartlepool 0 - 5 Coventry Adam Barton fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hartlepool 0-5 Coventry.

76:01 Substitution

Substitution Adam Barton joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Bailey.

76:01 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Wyke joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Poole.

75:24

Antony Sweeney concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary McSheffrey. Free kick taken by Gary McSheffrey.

74:15

James Bailey provided the assist for the goal.

74:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Franck Moussa - Hartlepool 0 - 4 Coventry Franck Moussa finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hartlepool 0-4 Coventry.

72:23

Antony Sweeney produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

71:47

Foul by Steven Jennings on James Poole, free kick awarded. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

71:14

Outswinging corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the left by-line.

70:53

Franck Moussa has an effort at goal. Save by Scott Flinders.

70:00

Close range effort by Ryan Noble misses to the left of the target.

67:02

Andy Monkhouse challenges William Edjenguele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

65:46 Substitution

Substitution Simon Walton on for Ritchie Humphreys.

65:25 Substitution

Substitution (Hartlepool) makes a substitution, with Andy Monkhouse coming on for Paul Murray.

64:27

Foul by Sam Collins on Franck Moussa, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gary McSheffrey.

62:34

Gary McSheffrey challenges Neil Austin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by James Poole, save made by Joe Murphy.

58:40

Assist on the goal came from Blair Adams.

58:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Carl Baker - Hartlepool 0 - 3 Coventry Carl Baker gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Hartlepool 0-3 Coventry.

57:17 Goal scored

Goal! - David McGoldrick - Hartlepool 0 - 2 Coventry David McGoldrick scores a placed penalty. Hartlepool 0-2 Coventry.

56:56

The referee gives a against Ritchie Humphreys for handball.

56:10

Franck Moussa takes a shot. Ritchie Humphreys gets a block in.

55:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Franck Moussa on Paul Murray. Direct free kick taken by Neil Austin.

53:30

The ball is swung over by Cyrus Christie, James Bailey produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.

53:13

Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball, Ritchie Humphreys makes a clearance.

52:38

Effort from just outside the area by Carl Baker goes over the bar.

50:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Carl Baker - Hartlepool 0 - 1 Coventry Carl Baker fires in a goal from outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hartlepool 0-1 Coventry.

49:39

Antony Sweeney produces a cross, Richard Wood makes a clearance.

45:23

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary McSheffrey.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:24 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:56

Effort from 25 yards by David McGoldrick. Save by Scott Flinders.

43:37

Corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey, Sam Collins makes a clearance.

43:14

A cross is delivered by Cyrus Christie, Neil Austin manages to make a clearance.

41:40

Paul Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey. Steven Jennings takes the free kick.

41:08

The ball is delivered by David McGoldrick, save by Scott Flinders.

39:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey by Neil Austin. William Edjenguele takes the free kick.

38:54

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary McSheffrey, David McGoldrick takes a shot. Clearance by Neil Austin.

36:14

The ball is crossed by Carl Baker.

34:45

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary McSheffrey, Jonathan Franks makes a clearance.

34:25

The ball is swung over by Gary McSheffrey, clearance made by Peter Hartley.

33:36

David McGoldrick has a drilled shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

30:09

The offside flag is raised against Ryan Noble. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

28:50

Long distance effort from Blair Adams misses to the left of the goal.

26:32

The ball is crossed by Carl Baker, save made by Scott Flinders.

25:16

The ball is crossed by Carl Baker, save by Scott Flinders.

21:55

Corner taken left-footed by James Poole.

19:26

Centre by Carl Baker, save by Scott Flinders.

18:08

Shot by Cyrus Christie. Save by Scott Flinders.

16:49

David McGoldrick challenges Ritchie Humphreys unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

16:23

Franck Moussa takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Scott Flinders.

13:17

Foul by Antony Sweeney on James Bailey, free kick awarded. Cyrus Christie takes the free kick.

12:13

Outswinging corner taken by Carl Baker, Shot by William Edjenguele. Scott Flinders makes a save.

11:49

Centre by Carl Baker, Peter Hartley manages to make a clearance.

11:28

The referee blows for offside. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

9:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Franks on Gary McSheffrey. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

8:05

Jonathan Franks has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

7:37

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jonathan Franks, William Edjenguele manages to make a clearance.

6:54

Shot from 18 yards by Ryan Noble. Save by Joe Murphy.

6:16

Shot from 18 yards from Ryan Noble. Save by Joe Murphy.

5:52

Gary McSheffrey takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Sam Collins makes a clearance.

4:50

The ball is crossed by Blair Adams, Carl Baker takes a shot. Neil Austin makes a clearance.

0:42

Steven Jennings concedes a free kick for a foul on James Poole. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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