Hartlepool United kept their League One survival hopes alive with a priceless win at play-off chasing Tranmere.

Defender Neil Austin scored Pools' winner, following up after Owain fon Williams saved Simon Walton's penalty.

Scott Flinders maintained the lead when he saved a spot kick from Andy Robinson after Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro had been fouled by Peter Hartley.

Hartlepool are five points adrift of safety, while Rovers remain two points off the top six.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 04 Taylor
  • 14 Bakayogo
  • 21 Gibson Booked
  • 06 Palmer
  • 10 Robinson (O'Halloran - 83' )
  • 17 Power Booked
  • 22 Bell-Baggie (Thompson - 61' )
  • 25 Sidibe (Stockton - 61' )
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 05 Goodison
  • 19 Kay
  • 07 Thompson
  • 12 Harrison
  • 16 Stockton
  • 20 O'Halloran

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 22 Holden
  • 29 Hartley
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 07 Franks (Sweeney - 74' )
  • 08 Walton
  • 11 Monkhouse Booked
  • 33 James (Rutherford - 87' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 31 McHugh
  • 06 Horwood
  • 14 Luscombe
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 17 Rutherford
  • 28 Hawkins
  • 37 Boagey
Ref: Collins
Att: 4,721

Match Stats

Shots

9 6

On target

2 4

Corners

9 3

Fouls

5 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:00 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:45

Foul by Simon Walton on Ash Taylor, free kick awarded. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

90:00 +1:18

Corner taken right-footed by Max Power, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Ben Gibson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

90:00 +1:18 Booking

Booking Booking for Greg Rutherford for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +0:43

Darren Holden takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams makes a comfortable save.

89:01

The ball is delivered by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, clearance by Peter Hartley. Unfair challenge on Ben Gibson by Andy Monkhouse results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Max Power from the free kick.

87:00 Substitution

Substitution Greg Rutherford on for Luke James.

85:50

Ritchie Humphreys is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Max Power.

82:59

Corner taken right-footed by Simon Walton from the left by-line, clearance by Ash Taylor.

82:08 Substitution

Substitution Michael O'Halloran on for Andy Robinson.

80:25

Liam Palmer fouled by Antony Sweeney, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Robinson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Antony Sweeney.

78:13

Neil Austin crosses the ball, Ben Gibson makes a clearance.

77:15

The ball is swung over by Andy Robinson, Andy Monkhouse manages to make a clearance. Danny Holmes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Monkhouse. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

74:56

Corner taken short by Max Power. The ball is sent over by Andy Robinson, Ritchie Humphreys manages to make a clearance. The ball is sent over by Andy Robinson, Simon Walton manages to make a clearance. The assistant referee signals for offside against Luke James. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

73:39 Substitution

Substitution Antony Sweeney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Franks.

73:39

Shot on goal by Cole Stockton from just inside the area goes over the target.

72:24

Cole Stockton delivers the ball, save by Scott Flinders.

71:46

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro sends in a cross, Peter Hartley makes a clearance.

70:10

Luke James is caught offside. Free kick taken by Ash Taylor.

69:20

Danny Holmes delivers the ball, clearance made by Sam Collins.

68:28

Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Robinson, clearance made by Peter Hartley.

67:54

The ball is swung over by Max Power, clearance made by Simon Walton. Outswinging corner taken by Max Power from the right by-line.

67:32

A cross is delivered by Andy Robinson, Darren Holden makes a clearance.

66:04

Neil Austin is caught offside. Owain Fon Williams takes the indirect free kick.

63:05

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

60:58 Substitution

Substitution Abdulai Bell-Baggie goes off and Joe Thompson comes on.

60:58 Substitution

Substitution (Tranmere) makes a substitution, with Cole Stockton coming on for Mamady Sidibe.

58:59

The ball is delivered by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

57:10

Darren Holden takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

56:23 Penalty

Power penalty taken by Andy Robinson saved by Scott Flinders. Tranmere 0-1 Hartlepool.

55:13

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by Peter Hartley.

54:11

Andy Monkhouse sends in a cross, clearance made by Zoumana Bakayogo.

52:00

Centre by Danny Holmes.

51:03

The ball is sent over by Liam Palmer, Sam Collins makes a clearance.

50:08

The ball is crossed by Max Power, save by Scott Flinders.

49:43

The ball is delivered by Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Peter Hartley manages to make a clearance.

47:08

Zoumana Bakayogo is adjudged to have handled the ball. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:15

The offside flag is raised against Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

43:55

The ball is swung over by Zoumana Bakayogo, clearance made by Sam Collins.

43:45

The ball is delivered by Andy Robinson, clearance by Peter Hartley.

42:55

Handball decision goes against Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

41:24

The ball is crossed by Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Simon Walton makes a clearance. Abdulai Bell-Baggie decides to take a short corner. Andy Robinson produces a cross, clearance by Peter Hartley. Effort on goal by Max Power from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

39:23

Max Power crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing. The referee penalises Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro for handball. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

39:23 Booking

Booking Andy Monkhouse is cautioned.

39:00

Darren Holden produces a cross, save made by Owain Fon Williams. Andy Monkhouse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Robinson.

38:45

The ball is swung over by Andy Monkhouse, Ben Gibson manages to make a clearance.

38:16

Jonathan Franks produces a cross, Ash Taylor manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Jonathan Franks, clearance made by Ash Taylor.

37:02

Luke James produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

36:17

Andy Robinson takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders. Corner taken by Andy Robinson from the right by-line to the near post, Darren Holden manages to make a clearance.

34:54

Darren Holden challenges Abdulai Bell-Baggie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Holmes.

31:49

Max Power fouled by Luke James, the ref awards a free kick. Max Power takes the free kick.

30:25

The offside flag is raised against Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

29:04

Andy Robinson takes the inswinging corner, Ritchie Humphreys makes a clearance.

26:58

Centre by Neil Austin, save by Owain Fon Williams.

25:06

Jonathan Franks takes a shot. Ash Taylor gets a block in. Corner taken by Jonathan Franks from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Ben Gibson by Peter Hartley results in a free kick. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

22:52

Luke James challenges Ash Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

22:16

The ball is delivered by Neil Austin, Liam Palmer makes a clearance.

20:02

Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

20:02 Booking

Booking Booking for Max Power.

19:44

Max Power gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Monkhouse.

19:07

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson, save by Scott Flinders.

14:18

The ball is delivered by Jonathan Franks, free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Monkhouse on Danny Holmes. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

14:04

Simon Walton crosses the ball, clearance by Danny Holmes.

12:06

Max Power sends in a cross, clearance made by Neil Austin.

9:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Neil Austin - Tranmere 0 - 1 Hartlepool Neil Austin scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tranmere 0-1 Hartlepool.

9:34 Penalty

Penalty taken by Simon Walton is saved by Owain Fon Williams. Tranmere 0-0 Hartlepool.

8:45 Booking

Booking Ben Gibson is given a yellow card.

7:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ash Taylor on Luke James. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jonathan Franks from left wing, Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Collins by Ben Gibson.

5:51

The ball is swung over by Zoumana Bakayogo, Sam Collins manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Collins by Ash Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

4:16

Effort on goal by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

4:04

A cross is delivered by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Simon Walton makes a clearance.

2:21

Sam Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Robinson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Andy Robinson from left wing, Peter Hartley manages to make a clearance.

1:51

Ritchie Humphreys challenges Danny Holmes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Holmes.

1:02

Shot from just outside the area by Darren Holden misses to the left of the target.

0:00

The game begins.

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