Steve Howard's brace secured Hartlepool United's second win this season and knocked Sheffield United off the top of League One.

He headed home Evan Horwood's cross, before Michael Doyle's equaliser which Scott Flinders should have saved.

Hartlepool retook the lead when Ritchie Humphreys converted Horwood's cross.

Howard headed in James Poole's cross to seal the points, before Harry Maguire fired a consolation goal into the top left corner for the Blades.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"You've got to give a lot of credit to Hartlepool. They have worked their tails off and they got the breaks.

"Some of the breaks that they got were down to us and our poor defending. That was disappointing more then anything.

"They were better to the second ball. They played in a certain way which we found it difficult to combat.

"Overall we weren't at the races like we were a few days ago."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield Utd

  • 25 Long
  • 02 Westlake
  • 05 Maguire Booked
  • 06 Hill
  • 30 Williams
  • 07 Flynn
  • 08 Doyle (Cresswell - 82' )
  • 11 McDonald
  • 10 Blackman
  • 14 Kitson (Ironside - 82' )
  • 19 Cofie (Chapell - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 35 Coyne
  • 32 Kennedy
  • 16 McAllister
  • 21 Chapell
  • 22 Philliskirk
  • 17 Cresswell
  • 24 Ironside

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 05 Collins Booked
  • 06 Horwood
  • 29 Hartley Booked
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 07 Franks (Monkhouse - 80' Booked )
  • 08 Walton (Austin - 69' )
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 19 Richards
  • 36 Wyke (Poole - 60' Booked )
  • 39 Howard

Substitutes

  • 31 McHugh
  • 02 Austin
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 22 Holden
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 10 Poole
  • 33 James
Ref: Deadman
Att: 19,941

Match Stats

Shots

12 10

On target

9 5

Corners

12 3

Fouls

8 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:47 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +4:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Harry Maguire - Sheff Utd 2 - 3 Hartlepool Harry Maguire fires in a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 2-3 Hartlepool.

90:00 +4:22

Corner taken left-footed by Nick Blackman from the right by-line, Jordan Richards manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +4:10

A cross is delivered by Darryl Westlake, blocked by Evan Horwood.

90:00 +3:42

The ball is crossed by Jordan Chapell, clearance made by Ritchie Humphreys. The ball is crossed by Jordan Chapell, clearance made by Ritchie Humphreys.

90:00 +0:50

Kevin McDonald produces a cross, save made by Scott Flinders.

89:28

Nick Blackman takes the inswinging corner, save made by Scott Flinders.

88:35

The free kick is delivered left-footed by Nick Blackman from right wing, Neil Austin makes a clearance.

88:35 Booking

Booking Booking for James Poole for unsporting behaviour.

88:04

Clearance by Andy Monkhouse. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Chapell by James Poole.

88:04 Booking

Booking Harry Maguire shown a yellow card.

87:47 Booking

Booking Caution for Andy Monkhouse.

87:06

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Flynn played to the near post,

86:23

Evan Horwood challenges Jordan Chapell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Darryl Westlake from right wing, Ritchie Humphreys makes a clearance.

85:28

Marcus Williams delivers the ball.

84:31

Ritchie Humphreys takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Kevin McDonald.

83:50

Inswinging corner taken by Ritchie Humphreys, Matthew Hill manages to make a clearance.

83:11

Unfair challenge on Andy Monkhouse by Matthew Hill results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Antony Sweeney, Marcus Williams manages to make a clearance.

81:25 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Joe Ironside coming on for Dave Kitson.

81:25 Substitution

Substitution Michael Doyle goes off and Richard Cresswell comes on.

80:16

Steve Howard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Williams. George Long takes the direct free kick.

79:45 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Franks goes off and Andy Monkhouse comes on.

79:10

The ball is crossed by Michael Doyle, save made by Scott Flinders.

77:03

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nick Blackman.

76:45

Jordan Chapell produces a cross, blocked by Evan Horwood.

75:54

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Flynn, clearance made by Sam Collins.

75:11

Jordan Chapell sends in a cross, Nick Blackman takes a shot. Sam Collins gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Nick Blackman from the left by-line, Steve Howard manages to make a clearance.

73:36

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Flynn played to the near post, clearance by Steve Howard.

73:23

The ball is crossed by Ryan Flynn, Jordan Richards gets a block in.

72:55

Darryl Westlake delivers the ball, Evan Horwood gets a block in.

72:34

The ball is crossed by Marcus Williams, Evan Horwood manages to make a clearance.

71:41

Assist by James Poole.

71:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Steve Howard - Sheff Utd 1 - 3 Hartlepool Steve Howard finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Sheff Utd 1-3 Hartlepool.

71:26

James Poole delivers the ball,

71:07

A cross is delivered by Matthew Hill, save made by Scott Flinders.

70:31

Nick Blackman takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Peter Hartley makes a clearance.

69:36

Nick Blackman produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Jonathan Franks makes a clearance.

69:36 Booking

Booking Peter Hartley receives a caution for dissent.

69:02

Foul by Peter Hartley on Nick Blackman, free kick awarded.

68:01 Substitution

Substitution Simon Walton leaves the field to be replaced by Neil Austin.

68:01 Booking

Booking Sam Collins goes into the book.

67:41

Sam Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Williams.

66:22 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Jordan Chapell coming on for John Cofie.

65:25

Jordan Richards sends in a cross, clearance by Matthew Hill.

64:32

John Cofie takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Scott Flinders.

62:56

The ball is sent over by Jordan Richards, Marcus Williams manages to make a clearance. Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Williams on Jordan Richards. Evan Horwood delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, George Long makes a clearance.

62:05

Foul by Peter Hartley on John Cofie, free kick awarded. Michael Doyle takes the free kick.

60:28

Unfair challenge on Marcus Williams by Antony Sweeney results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by George Long.

59:07 Substitution

Substitution James Poole replaces Charlie Wyke.

57:41

Shot on goal by Nick Blackman from just inside the area goes over the target.

57:17

A cross is delivered by Jonathan Franks, clearance by Matthew Hill.

56:43

Kevin McDonald sends in a cross, save by Scott Flinders.

56:06

Jonathan Franks sends in a cross, Michael Doyle makes a clearance.

55:04

Foul by Evan Horwood on Nick Blackman, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nick Blackman, Simon Walton manages to make a clearance.

53:56

The assist for the goal came from Evan Horwood.

53:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Ritchie Humphreys - Sheff Utd 1 - 2 Hartlepool Ritchie Humphreys gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-2 Hartlepool.

53:38

The ball is delivered by Evan Horwood,

52:28

The ball is crossed by Ryan Flynn, clearance by Sam Collins.

52:17

The ball is swung over by Kevin McDonald.

50:04

Nick Blackman sends in a cross, John Cofie takes a shot. Sam Collins gets a block in. The assistant referee flags for offside against Ryan Flynn. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

49:20

The ball is delivered by Ryan Flynn, Simon Walton gets a block in.

48:37

Shot by Charlie Wyke from just outside the area goes over the net.

47:47

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Franks, Darryl Westlake makes a clearance.

47:14

A cross is delivered by Evan Horwood, Nick Blackman gets a block in.

45:35

Unfair challenge on Michael Doyle by Steve Howard results in a free kick. Matthew Hill takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:13

Effort by Ritchie Humphreys from a long way out goes over the target.

45:00 +0:37

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Evan Horwood, clearance by Harry Maguire.

45:00 +0:16

Evan Horwood sends in a cross, blocked by Darryl Westlake.

44:47

Steve Howard takes a shot. Blocked by Evan Horwood.

42:36

The ball is crossed by Michael Doyle.

41:46

Matthew Hill fouled by Steve Howard, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by George Long.

41:10

Dave Kitson challenges Jordan Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Collins restarts play with the free kick.

39:12

Effort on goal by Harry Maguire from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

38:29

Centre by Ryan Flynn, Sam Collins manages to make a clearance. Nick Blackman takes the outswinging corner, Antony Sweeney manages to make a clearance.

38:03

Michael Doyle fouled by Charlie Wyke, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

37:50

Darryl Westlake delivers the ball, blocked by Evan Horwood.

37:13

A cross is delivered by Marcus Williams, blocked by Antony Sweeney.

35:25

A cross is delivered by Kevin McDonald.

33:04

Jonathan Franks fouled by Michael Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Collins takes the direct free kick.

29:53

Nick Blackman provided the assist for the goal.

29:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Doyle - Sheff Utd 1 - 1 Hartlepool Michael Doyle gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-1 Hartlepool.

29:36

Nick Blackman sends in a cross, Sam Collins manages to make a clearance.

28:49

John Cofie challenges Peter Hartley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

27:34

Nick Blackman takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

26:48

Nick Blackman sends in a cross, save made by Scott Flinders.

24:51

Nick Blackman delivers the ball, clearance made by Sam Collins.

23:19

Charlie Wyke is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Harry Maguire.

22:29

Centre by Nick Blackman, Sam Collins makes a clearance. Ryan Flynn produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

21:56

Corner taken left-footed by Nick Blackman from the left by-line, clearance by Evan Horwood.

21:38

The ball is swung over by Ryan Flynn, blocked by Sam Collins.

19:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Collins on Dave Kitson. Direct free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

17:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Wyke by Matthew Hill. Ritchie Humphreys crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by George Long. Effort from just outside the area by Jonathan Franks goes over the bar.

16:18

Kevin McDonald sends in a cross.

15:04

Charlie Wyke is caught offside. Matthew Hill takes the free kick.

13:14

Centre by Ryan Flynn, save by Scott Flinders.

13:00

The ball is swung over by Ryan Flynn, clearance by Peter Hartley.

12:39

Sam Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on John Cofie. John Cofie restarts play with the free kick.

11:25

Dave Kitson challenges Simon Walton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Collins.

11:01

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

10:00

Effort on goal by Jonathan Franks from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

8:43

Nick Blackman takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

8:22

Corner taken left-footed by Nick Blackman from the left by-line to the near post, Jordan Richards makes a clearance.

7:47

Michael Doyle crosses the ball, save by Scott Flinders. Peter Hartley fouled by Ryan Flynn, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Collins.

7:36

Marcus Williams produces a cross.

6:06

Evan Horwood provided the assist for the goal.

6:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Steve Howard - Sheff Utd 0 - 1 Hartlepool Steve Howard scores a headed goal from just outside the penalty box. Sheff Utd 0-1 Hartlepool.

3:37

The ball is sent over by Nick Blackman, Peter Hartley makes a clearance. Antony Sweeney delivers the ball, clearance by Matthew Hill. Centre by Jordan Richards, Matthew Hill manages to make a clearance. Jonathan Franks takes a shot. Blocked by Sam Collins. The ball is swung over by Evan Horwood,

1:04

Inswinging corner taken by Nick Blackman, save made by Scott Flinders. Dave Kitson takes a shot. Blocked by Sam Collins.

0:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Cofie by Sam Collins. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Darryl Westlake from right wing.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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