Hartlepool continued their remarkable recent run of form with victory over fellow strugglers Scunthorpe.

The visitors went in front when James Poole drove his shot into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

They doubled the lead when Jonathan Franks' excellent left-foot strike from the edge of the box found the corner.

Debutant James Alabi's close-range header pulled one back for the home side late on, but Hartlepool hung on to keep their hopes of survival alive.

After picking up just 13 points from their first 27 games this season, Pools have now picked up 14 points out of a possible 18, winning four times in an unbeaten six-match run that has lifted them off the bottom of League One.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It could be very damaging. We won't know until the end of the season but we've mentioned many times about the importance of our home performances.

"We thought we were turning a corner with three wins on the bounce which give us great encouragement and belief.

"Today we've got to be honest with ourselves and I thought Hartlepool, particularly during the first half, won too many battles. If you let them do that you've got a problem."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Scunthorpe

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 15 Canavan
  • 18 Nolan
  • 21 Newey
  • 04 Walker (Barcham - 46' )
  • 07 Ryan
  • 16 Duffy
  • 19 Collins
  • 09 Sodje (Alabi - 67' )
  • 22 Hawley

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 10 Grella
  • 11 Barcham
  • 12 Jennings
  • 17 Godden
  • 27 Alabi

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Horwood
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 29 Hartley
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 07 Franks (James - 85' )
  • 08 Walton Booked
  • 10 Poole (Monkhouse - 78' )
  • 36 Wyke (Howard - 61' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 31 McHugh
  • 22 Holden
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 14 Luscombe
  • 17 Rutherford
  • 33 James
  • 39 Howard
Ref: Pawson
Att: 3,434

Match Stats

Shots

9 7

On target

2 4

Corners

4 6

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:52 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +5:13

Shot from outside the box by Jimmy Ryan misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +4:56

The ball is crossed by Mark Duffy, clearance made by Peter Hartley.

90:00 +2:50

James Alabi is caught offside. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

90:00 +2:24

A cross is delivered by Eddie Nolan, clearance by Peter Hartley.

90:00 +1:32

Shot from just outside the area by Michael Collins misses to the left of the target.

89:10

Corner taken right-footed by Luke James from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by David Mirfin.

88:56

Mark Duffy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Baldwin. Direct free kick taken by Neil Austin.

88:37

Steve Howard challenges David Mirfin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Niall Canavan restarts play with the free kick.

88:17

Centre by Luke James, Michael Collins makes a clearance.

87:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Collins on Ritchie Humphreys. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

85:42

The ball is delivered by Mark Duffy. The assistant referee flags for offside against James Alabi. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

84:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Monkhouse on Andy Barcham. Direct free kick taken by Jimmy Ryan.

84:22 Substitution

Substitution Luke James is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Franks.

83:14

The referee gives a free kick against Steve Howard for handball. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

82:38

The ball is sent over by Jimmy Ryan, clearance by Peter Hartley.

79:42

A cross is delivered by Mark Duffy, save made by Scott Flinders.

78:20

Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

78:20 Booking

Booking Steve Howard is cautioned.

77:55

David Mirfin fouled by Steve Howard, the ref awards a free kick.

77:55 Substitution

Substitution James Poole goes off and Andy Monkhouse comes on.

76:33

Assist on the goal came from Mark Duffy.

76:33 Goal scored

Goal! - James Alabi - Scunthorpe 1 - 2 Hartlepool James Alabi grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Scunthorpe 1-2 Hartlepool.

76:26

Mark Duffy delivers the ball,

74:45

Inswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood from the right by-line, Sam Slocombe makes a comfortable save.

74:23

Eddie Nolan challenges Jonathan Franks unfairly and gives away a free kick. Evan Horwood takes the free kick.

72:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Collins on Karl Hawley. Tom Newey restarts play with the free kick.

71:42

Jonathan Franks produces a cross, David Mirfin makes a clearance.

70:23

Foul by James Alabi on James Poole, free kick awarded. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

69:30

Mark Duffy has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

68:24

Michael Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ritchie Humphreys. Evan Horwood crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel. Steve Howard is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

67:38

Mark Duffy produces a cross, James Alabi has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

65:46 Substitution

Substitution James Alabi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Akpo Sodje.

65:46

Corner taken by Mark Duffy, David Mirfin challenges Ritchie Humphreys unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

65:31

The ball is delivered by Eddie Nolan, clearance by Evan Horwood.

64:28

Corner from left by-line taken by Mark Duffy.

63:51

The ball is delivered by Andy Barcham, Sam Collins manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Duffy, clearance by Steve Howard.

63:04

Effort on goal by Steve Howard from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

62:06

James Poole takes a shot. Save by Sam Slocombe. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Evan Horwood, clearance made by David Mirfin.

60:03 Substitution

Substitution Steve Howard replaces Charlie Wyke.

58:43

Michael Collins sends in a cross, Neil Austin manages to make a clearance.

58:26

The ball is swung over by Eddie Nolan, Scott Flinders makes a save.

56:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Niall Canavan on Charlie Wyke. Direct free kick taken by Sam Collins.

53:49 Booking

Booking Simon Walton goes into the referee's book.

53:29

Foul by Simon Walton on Mark Duffy, free kick awarded. Tom Newey restarts play with the free kick.

52:08

Effort from 30 yards by James Poole.

49:58

The ball is swung over by James Poole, clearance by Tom Newey.

48:45

The ball is delivered by Andy Barcham.

47:41

Michael Collins produces a cross, Scott Flinders makes a save.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Andy Barcham comes on in place of Josh Walker.

45:00 +1:42 Half time

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

45:00 +0:52

Corner taken by Evan Horwood from the right by-line played to the near post, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:20

The official flags Akpo Sodje offside. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

43:45

Jonathan Franks takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Niall Canavan gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Evan Horwood, Peter Hartley takes a shot. Save by Sam Slocombe. Corner taken by Evan Horwood from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on David Mirfin by Peter Hartley results in a free kick. Sam Slocombe takes the direct free kick.

43:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Newey on Jonathan Franks. Neil Austin restarts play with the free kick.

39:46

Neil Austin sends in a cross.

38:41

Charlie Wyke is ruled offside. Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.

36:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonathan Franks - Scunthorpe 0 - 2 Hartlepool Jonathan Franks fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 0-2 Hartlepool.

32:29

Ritchie Humphreys fouled by Karl Hawley, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

31:48

Foul by Charlie Wyke on David Mirfin, free kick awarded. Eddie Nolan restarts play with the free kick.

31:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eddie Nolan by James Poole. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

29:17

Centre by Tom Newey. The ball is sent over by Jimmy Ryan. The offside flag is raised against Karl Hawley. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

28:41

The ball is swung over by James Poole, Sam Slocombe makes a comfortable save.

27:09

Handball by Tom Newey. Direct free kick taken by Sam Collins, Evan Horwood produces a cross.

24:41

Michael Collins delivers the ball. Josh Walker has a mishit shot. Clearance made by Peter Hartley.

23:32

Jimmy Ryan challenges James Poole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Walton.

22:13

Effort on goal by Akpo Sodje from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

20:17

Foul by Karl Hawley on Peter Hartley, free kick awarded. Peter Hartley restarts play with the free kick.

19:24 Goal scored

Goal! - James Poole - Scunthorpe 0 - 1 Hartlepool James Poole finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 0-1 Hartlepool.

19:07

Jonathan Franks sends in a cross.

17:22

Eddie Nolan is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

14:37

A cross is delivered by Jonathan Franks.

13:49

Charlie Wyke challenges David Mirfin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Collins takes the direct free kick.

11:18

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Franks. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

9:41

Unfair challenge on David Mirfin by Charlie Wyke results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Mirfin.

7:00

Jimmy Ryan takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Scott Flinders.

6:35

A cross is delivered by Jimmy Ryan, Peter Hartley makes a clearance.

5:13

Corner taken short by Mark Duffy, Jimmy Ryan takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Peter Hartley gets a block in.

2:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Walton on Michael Collins. Michael Collins takes the direct free kick.

1:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Baldwin on Josh Walker. David Mirfin takes the free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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