Hartlepool sank deeper into relegation trouble after their sixth-successive defeat at Burton Albion.

The away side should have taken the lead when substitute Marlon Harewood was sent clear, but it was Albion who went in front six minutes later through Billy Kee's six-yard strike.

Jimmy Phillips doubled the hosts' advantage after the break with a curled shot from the edge of the area.

Albion skipper Lee Bell thundered in a 22-yard free-kick to seal Pools' fate.

The result leaves Hartlepool just two points above the relegation zone, while fifth-placed Burton kept alive their hopes of automatic promotion.

Burton manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"We actually finished our chances off today. We controlled the game really from the start, I felt. We never really looked in too much trouble in all honesty. I think they possibly had one or two shots on goal in the 90 minutes.

"I just thought we played with real control. We passed the ball well when we needed to, showed some good composure on the ball, and I felt as though our front four were a threat all game - certainly the two strikers. Gary [Alexander] and Billy [Kee] linked well again.

"It was nice to actually come here and put away the chances and we scored more than one goal, which, I don't know whether it was a first, but we haven't had too many this season. It was really pleasing."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Burton Albion

  • 16 Lyness
  • 02 Edwards
  • 15 McFadzean
  • 07 Bell
  • 06 Sharps
  • 25 Cansdell-Sherriff (Holness - 82' )
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 08 Weir (Palmer - 83' )
  • 09 Alexander
  • 29 Kee (Symes - 86' )
  • 17 Phillips

Substitutes

  • 12 Hemmings
  • 18 Knowles
  • 21 Holness
  • 23 Palmer
  • 26 Gray
  • 28 Symes
  • 30 Hall

Hartlepool United

  • 13 Rafferty
  • 21 Duckworth
  • 22 Holden
  • 38 Walker
  • 05 Collins
  • 24 Harrison
  • 07 Franks (Barmby - 68' )
  • 08 Walton
  • 33 James (Harewood - 16' )
  • 10 Poole (Compton - 73' )
  • 11 Monkhouse

Substitutes

  • 01 Flinders
  • 09 Harewood
  • 12 Barmby
  • 14 Compton
  • 19 Richards
  • 20 Jones
  • 26 Oliver
Ref: Michael Bull
Att: 2,558

Match Stats

Shots

17 6

On target

6 2

Corners

5 5

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burton Albion 3, Hartlepool United 0.

90:00 +3:34 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burton Albion 3, Hartlepool United 0.

90:00 +2:14

Attempt saved. Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

89:42

Foul by Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion).

89:42

Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:16

Hand ball by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).

86:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Michael Symes replaces Billy Kee.

85:51

Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:51

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

84:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burton Albion 3, Hartlepool United 0. Lee Bell (Burton Albion) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

83:22

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:22

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

82:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Matthew Palmer replaces Robbie Weir.

81:54

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:54

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).

81:36

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Callum McFadzean.

81:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Holness replaces Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

79:01

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

79:01

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:39 Substitution

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

69:48

Attempt missed. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

69:38

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

67:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jack Barmby replaces Jonathan Franks.

65:57

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

65:17

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

64:28

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:28

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).

63:37

Attempt missed. James Poole (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

61:58

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Dean Lyness.

61:36

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Lee Bell.

60:27

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

57:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burton Albion 2, Hartlepool United 0. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Robbie Weir.

56:38

Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:38

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).

55:44

Hand ball by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

55:14

Foul by Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion).

55:14

Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:34

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Simon Walton.

53:25

Attempt blocked. Gary Alexander (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

52:22

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

52:22

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:42

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Michael Duckworth.

50:28

Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:28

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United).

48:23

Attempt missed. Sam Collins (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

47:53

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Robbie Weir.

47:14

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

47:14

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Burton Albion 1, Hartlepool United 0.

45:00 +1:29 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Hartlepool United 0.

45:00 +0:49

Hand ball by Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United).

44:17

Hand ball by Gary Alexander (Burton Albion).

43:32

Attempt blocked. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

40:54

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

40:01

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:01

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

38:16

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

38:03

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

33:02

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Michael Duckworth.

27:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burton Albion 1, Hartlepool United 0. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ian Sharps.

25:54

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

23:30

Attempt saved. Lee Bell (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

20:50

Attempt saved. Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:16

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:04

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

19:18

Attempt blocked. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:33

Gary Alexander (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:33

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

17:41

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Sam Collins.

17:31

Attempt blocked. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

15:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Marlon Harewood replaces Luke James because of an injury.

11:12

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

11:12

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

10:57

Attempt blocked. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:47

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

8:47

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

8:21

Attempt blocked. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:34

Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:34

Foul by Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United).

5:21

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

5:21

Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:30

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

3:05

Attempt missed. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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