Hartlepool moved to within six points of the League Two play-off places with a comprehensive win over Newport.

Newport dominated the first half but Hartlepool took the lead when Luke James's right-footed effort from the edge of the area beat Elliot Parish.

The home side doubled their lead when Andy Sandell put the ball in his own net following Simon Walton's corner.

Luke Williams capitalised on sloppy defending to score a third in stoppage time.

Colin Cooper's side are up to eighth in the League Two table while Newport, who have now gone six games without a win, have slipped to 10th.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"We deserved perhaps a little bit better. For long spells of the first half I thought we looked comfortable and we had some good chances.

"But the goals we gave away, certainly the first two, we're disappointed with and if you're going to keep chasing games it's hard to come back at any level.

"I thought we lost a little bit of belief once we went to 2-0."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 19 Richards
  • 22 Holden Booked
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 05 Collins
  • 35 Burgess
  • 08 Walton
  • 38 Walker Booked
  • 33 James (Franks - 87' )
  • 09 Harewood Booked (Barmby - 72' )
  • 18 Williams

Substitutes

  • 07 Franks
  • 10 Poole
  • 12 Barmby
  • 13 Rafferty
  • 14 Compton
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 21 Duckworth

Newport County

  • 29 Parish
  • 02 Pipe (Zebroski - 73' )
  • 12 Willmott
  • 14 Jeffers (Jolley - 72' )
  • 07 Chapman
  • 08 Minshull (Porter - 62' )
  • 13 Sandell
  • 15 Burge
  • 45 Howe
  • 22 Worley Booked
  • 19 Naylor Booked

Substitutes

  • 03 Hughes
  • 04 Porter
  • 09 Crow
  • 11 Zebroski
  • 18 Jackson
  • 23 Jolley
  • 33 Thompson
Ref: Trevor Kettle
Att: 3,470

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

5 4

Corners

6 11

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hartlepool United 3, Newport County 0.

90:00 +3:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 3, Newport County 0.

90:00 +2:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 3, Newport County 0. Luke Williams (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Monkhouse.

90:00 +1:44

Attempt missed. Christian Jolley (Newport County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

90:00 +1:18

Foul by Jordan Richards (Hartlepool United).

90:00 +1:18

Max Porter (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:44

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

90:00 +0:30

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 Booking

Booking Tom Naylor (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

86:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Luke James because of an injury.

85:58

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Max Porter.

84:58

Attempt blocked. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

82:12

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

82:12

Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:22

Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).

80:22

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:44

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Sam Collins.

75:11

Ryan Burge (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:11

Foul by Luke Williams (Hartlepool United).

72:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Chris Zebroski replaces David Pipe.

71:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jack Barmby replaces Marlon Harewood.

71:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Christian Jolley replaces Shaun Jeffers.

71:12

Attempt missed. Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

70:48

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by David Pipe.

67:37

Attempt saved. Jordan Richards (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top right corner.

65:52

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Jordan Richards.

65:05

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

63:50

Attempt blocked. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:04

Harry Worley (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:04

Foul by Jordan Richards (Hartlepool United).

61:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Max Porter replaces Lee Minshull.

57:54

Attempt missed. Andy Sandell (Newport County) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

57:10

Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

57:10

David Pipe (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:13 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Andy Sandell, Newport County. Hartlepool United 2, Newport County 0.

53:37

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Robbie Willmott.

49:33 Booking

Booking Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

49:24

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

49:24

Ryan Burge (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:35 Booking

Booking Harry Worley (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

48:27

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:27

Foul by Harry Worley (Newport County).

47:29

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United).

47:29

Shaun Jeffers (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:02

Attempt saved. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Hartlepool United 1, Newport County 0.

45:00 +3:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Newport County 0.

45:00 +1:46

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Darren Holden.

44:18

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

41:54

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

41:54

Lee Minshull (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Newport County 0. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

36:45

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

36:21

Attempt saved. Ryan Burge (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

34:40

Hand ball by Rene Howe (Newport County).

33:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:09

Delay in match Luke Williams (Hartlepool United) because of an injury.

30:28

Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:28

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

29:33

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Andy Monkhouse.

27:17

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Simon Walton.

26:42

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

26:42

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:27

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:27

Foul by Shaun Jeffers (Newport County).

24:03 Booking

Booking Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

22:49

Attempt missed. Harry Worley (Newport County) header from the right side of the box is too high.

21:44 Booking

Booking Darren Holden (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

21:39

Foul by Darren Holden (Hartlepool United).

21:39

Rene Howe (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:50

Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:50

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

17:06

Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:06

Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).

16:21

Attempt saved. Rene Howe (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:02

Attempt saved. Jordan Richards (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:00

Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

13:24

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:24

Foul by Harry Worley (Newport County).

11:34

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:34

Foul by Harry Worley (Newport County).

10:30

Attempt missed. David Pipe (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

9:47

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:47

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).

4:56

Attempt missed. Sam Collins (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

4:33

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adam Chapman.

4:08

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Harry Worley.

3:27

Attempt saved. Rene Howe (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

1:57

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Andy Monkhouse.

1:45

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

1:35

Attempt saved. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

1:19

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Sam Collins.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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