Hartlepool continued their upturn in form, easily seeing off Crewe.

John Hughes's side were dominant throughout and are now just six points from safety, having appeared doomed to relegation at Christmas.

Jonathan Franks and Jack Baldwin combined to allow Charlie Wyke to put Pools ahead and Franks doubled the lead, firing low past Steve Phillips.

The Alex keeper denied Wyke, James Poole and Evan Horwood, before Andy Monkhouse smashed in for 3-0.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Horwood
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 29 Hartley
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 07 Franks
  • 08 Walton (Monkhouse - 28' )
  • 10 Poole Booked (Luscombe - 82' )
  • 36 Wyke

Substitutes

  • 31 McHugh
  • 22 Holden
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 14 Luscombe
  • 17 Rutherford
  • 33 James
  • 35 Howard

Crewe Alexandra

  • 01 Phillips
  • 05 Ellis
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 15 Robertson
  • 08 Murphy
  • 14 Mellor
  • 19 Osman
  • 26 Aneke (M Clayton - 72' )
  • 31 Inman (Pogba - 50' )
  • 10 Leitch-Smith (Colclough - 80' )
  • 11 Moore

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 02 Tootle
  • 03 Davis
  • 12 Turton
  • 27 Colclough
  • 07 M Clayton
  • 09 Pogba
Ref: Drysdale
Att: 3,509

Match Stats

Shots

15 6

On target

11 2

Corners

8 5

Fouls

6 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:13

The assist for the goal came from Charlie Wyke.

90:00 +1:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Monkhouse - Hartlepool 3 - 0 Crewe Andy Monkhouse grabs a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Hartlepool 3-0 Crewe.

90:00 +0:30

Long range shot from Kelvin Mellor misses to the left of the target.

89:51

Kelvin Mellor sends in a cross, Evan Horwood makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luke Murphy, Peter Hartley manages to make a clearance.

88:41

Abdul Osman sends in a cross.

86:00

Gregor Robertson takes a shot. Blocked by Sam Collins. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luke Murphy. Byron Moore decides to take the corner short, clearance by Neil Austin.

83:42

Mathias Pogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Monkhouse. Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.

82:50

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Evan Horwood.

81:22 Substitution

Substitution James Poole goes off and Nathan Luscombe comes on.

79:42

Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

79:42 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Colclough on for Ajay Leitch-Smith.

79:42

Foul by Mathias Pogba on Evan Horwood, free kick awarded.

78:46

Jack Baldwin challenges Abdul Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

78:39

The ball is swung over by Luke Murphy, Neil Austin manages to make a clearance.

77:08

Abdul Osman fouled by Charlie Wyke, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Dugdale takes the direct free kick.

76:28

Luke Murphy crosses the ball.

73:30

Foul by Mathias Pogba on Ritchie Humphreys, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

72:56

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

71:17 Substitution

Substitution Max Clayton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chuks Aneke.

71:06

Effort on goal by Ajay Leitch-Smith from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

68:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Baldwin by Byron Moore. Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.

68:18

Andy Monkhouse produces a cross, Jack Baldwin takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Ellis.

67:41

Effort from deep inside the area by Jonathan Franks clears the bar.

66:55

Byron Moore sends in a cross.

66:08

Ritchie Humphreys is penalised for a handball. Luke Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

64:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Evan Horwood on Mathias Pogba. Luke Murphy takes the direct free kick.

60:33

The ball is sent over by Mathias Pogba, Peter Hartley gets a block in. Corner taken by Luke Murphy.

58:10

Chuks Aneke concedes a free kick for a foul on Evan Horwood. Evan Horwood takes the direct free kick.

57:04

Evan Horwood takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips. Corner taken short by Evan Horwood.

56:40

Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood from the right by-line, clearance made by Chuks Aneke.

56:09

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Franks, Charlie Wyke takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips. Inswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood.

55:37

Unfair challenge on James Poole by Luke Murphy results in a free kick. Sam Collins takes the free kick.

55:21

Mathias Pogba takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

51:48

Ritchie Humphreys challenges Mathias Pogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Murphy takes the free kick.

51:10

Outswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood from the left by-line.

49:25 Substitution

Substitution Mathias Pogba is brought on as a substitute for Bradden Inman.

48:42

The ball is crossed by Evan Horwood.

46:12

Evan Horwood crosses the ball, clearance made by Gregor Robertson.

45:37

James Poole takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +4:20 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +3:12

Direct free kick taken by Luke Murphy.

45:00 +3:12 Booking

Booking Booking for James Poole.

45:00 +2:58

Bradden Inman fouled by James Poole, the ref awards a free kick.

43:51

James Poole takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips. Corner taken by Evan Horwood.

43:27

Byron Moore produces a cross, clearance by Jack Baldwin.

41:16

The ball is sent over by Evan Horwood, James Poole produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

39:10

Jack Baldwin provided the assist for the goal.

39:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonathan Franks - Hartlepool 2 - 0 Crewe Jonathan Franks scores a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hartlepool 2-0 Crewe.

37:15

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

34:48

Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood from the right by-line, clearance made by Luke Murphy.

34:38

The ball is sent over by Neil Austin, clearance made by Adam Dugdale.

31:21

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Franks, clearance made by Kelvin Mellor.

26:13 Substitution

Substitution (Hartlepool) makes a substitution, with Andy Monkhouse coming on for Simon Walton.

26:13

The assist for the goal came from Jack Baldwin.

26:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Wyke - Hartlepool 1 - 0 Crewe Charlie Wyke finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Hartlepool 1-0 Crewe.

25:02

Ritchie Humphreys takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.

24:10

Foul by Abdul Osman on James Poole, free kick awarded. Evan Horwood takes the free kick.

22:10

Luke Murphy crosses the ball, save made by Scott Flinders.

16:59

Shot by Jack Baldwin missed to the right of the target.

15:24

Byron Moore has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

14:14

Sam Collins takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips. Inswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood from the left by-line, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

13:59

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Franks, clearance made by Abdul Osman.

13:04

Chuks Aneke takes a shot. Comfortable save by Scott Flinders.

11:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Wyke on Adam Dugdale. Luke Murphy takes the direct free kick.

9:57

Simon Walton takes a shot. Mark Ellis gets a block in.

9:09

Abdul Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Baldwin. Evan Horwood takes the free kick.

5:04

Luke Murphy delivers the ball.

3:30

Corner taken by Gregor Robertson, Ritchie Humphreys manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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