James Jennings struck a rare double to inspire Mansfield to a vital comeback win at Hartlepool and boost their bid to beat the drop from League Two.

The defender put the Stags in front from close in, only for Marlon Harewood to convert a Jack Barmby pass to level.

After Harewood had a penalty saved before the break, Luke James netted from 18 yards to put Pools in front.

Jennings' free-kick made it 2-2 before a Matt Rhead header and Jamie McGuire's strike won it for Mansfield late on.

It was the first time the Stags have scored four times and won in League Two this season and leaves them seven points clear of danger.

The result deals a significant blow to Hartlepool's outside hopes of a play-off spot, with a nine-point gap to seventh-placed York.

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper told BBC Tees:

Post-match: Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper

"We shouldn't be shocked by the manner of the goals and what Mansfield Town do, we knew what to expect. Having watched the goals back, it's not a pretty watch.

"We'll analyse the goals and hopefully there'll be no repeat against Cheltenham on Saturday. I'm not knocking the way Mansfield play, they have a way to play, and when we went down there we dealt with their physicality.

"I'm disappointed and frustrated and the lads are shell-shocked.

"In terms of numbers we're fairly thin on the ground now, and I'll be looking to do something about that on Wednesday and Thursday."

Mansfield town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

Post-match: Mansfield manager Cox

"The boys have put in a great shift. That second-half performance warranted the win.

"We were a bit annoyed with the second goal that went in, I thought it was sloppy defending.

"We want to enjoy the win but it's feet firmly back on the ground.

"They're a tremendous group, they keep ramming everything back down my throat and that's what I want."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 19 Richards
  • 22 Holden (Jones - 65' )
  • 38 Walker Booked
  • 35 Burgess Booked
  • 05 Collins
  • 21 Duckworth Booked
  • 33 James
  • 09 Harewood (Sweeney - 63' )
  • 12 Barmby
  • 14 Compton (Poole - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Franks
  • 10 Poole
  • 13 Rafferty
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 16 Rowbotham
  • 20 Jones
  • 28 Hawkins

Mansfield Town

  • 01 Marriott
  • 17 Beevers
  • 16 Jennings Booked
  • 06 Riley
  • 04 Dempster Booked (Meikle - 58' )
  • 02 Sutton
  • 23 McGuire
  • 13 Howell (Clucas - 58' )
  • 09 Rhead
  • 36 Palmer (Speight - 82' )
  • 21 Murray

Substitutes

  • 10 Stevenson
  • 11 Clucas
  • 14 Speight
  • 19 Clements
  • 20 Meikle
  • 28 Westlake
  • 30 Daniel
Ref: Gary Sutton
Att: 2,976

Match Stats

Shots

9 9

On target

3 6

Corners

6 5

Fouls

13 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Mansfield Town 4.

90:00 +7:39 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 2, Mansfield Town 4.

90:00 +7:07

Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +7:07

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

90:00 +5:57

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Martin Riley.

90:00 +1:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Mansfield Town 4. Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:16

Foul by Jake Speight (Mansfield Town).

90:00 +0:16

Sam Collins (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:23

Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:23

Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

88:21

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Dan Jones.

84:57

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Martin Riley.

84:42

Attempt blocked. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

84:10

Foul by Jake Speight (Mansfield Town).

84:10

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

81:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Jake Speight replaces Ollie Palmer.

80:52

Attempt missed. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

79:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Mansfield Town 3. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

78:35

(Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:35

Foul by Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United).

78:11

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Martin Riley.

78:01

Attempt blocked. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:23

Attempt saved. James Jennings (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

74:58

Attempt saved. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

73:30 Booking

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

73:21

Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:21

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

71:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Mansfield Town 2. James Jennings (Mansfield Town) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

71:28 Booking

Booking Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

71:19

Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:19

Foul by Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United).

67:47

Attempt missed. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

64:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Dan Jones replaces Darren Holden.

62:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Antony Sweeney replaces Marlon Harewood.

62:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. James Poole replaces Jack Compton.

59:12

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Sam Collins.

57:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Lindon Meikle replaces John Dempster.

57:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Samuel Clucas replaces Anthony Howell.

56:47

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Martin Riley.

56:31

Attempt blocked. Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

55:40

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Martin Riley.

54:43

Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:43

Foul by Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United).

52:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Mansfield Town 1. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

47:38

Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:38

Foul by Jack Compton (Hartlepool United).

47:02 Booking

Booking Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

47:00

Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:38

Foul by Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United).

45:00

Second Half begins Hartlepool United 1, Mansfield Town 1.

45:00 +1:45 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Mansfield Town 1.

45:00 +1:14

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).

45:00 +1:14

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

45:00 +0:52 Booking

Booking James Jennings (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +0:48

Foul by James Jennings (Mansfield Town).

45:00 +0:48

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

44:39

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by John Dempster.

44:02

Penalty saved! Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

43:19

Penalty conceded by Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

43:19

Penalty Hartlepool United. Luke James draws a foul in the penalty area.

41:53

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Sam Collins.

41:03

Hand ball by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).

37:50

Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:50

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).

37:00

John Dempster (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:58

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).

31:15 Booking

Booking John Dempster (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

31:08

Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:08

Foul by John Dempster (Mansfield Town).

30:08

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

30:08

Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:45

Attempt missed. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

27:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Mansfield Town 1. Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Barmby.

26:34

Attempt missed. Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

23:07

Foul by Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United).

23:07

James Jennings (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Mansfield Town 1. James Jennings (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Beevers.

17:38

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Martin Riley.

12:31

Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

9:21

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).

9:21

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

8:46

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Sam Collins.

6:30

Attempt missed. Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

2:23

Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:23

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

1:56

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Darren Holden.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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