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Hartlepool United 2-0 Northampton Town

Hartlepool closed the gap on the League Two play-off places with victory over bottom side Northampton.

The visitors went close early on as Luke Norris saw a headed effort bounce off the inside of the post.

Hartlepool went ahead when Luke James controlled a pass from Matty Dolan before finishing beyond Matt Duke.

The advantage was doubled after James Poole was bundled over in the box by Mathias Doumbe and Simon Walton coolly sent Duke the wrong way from the spot.

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Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper told BBC Tees:

Colin Cooper

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Post-match: Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper

"I don't think anyone could argue we deserved to win that game.

"We dug in early on and earned the right to play by standing up to a big, strong team.

"That's the most pleasing thing for me. Teams are going to test whether we've got the resolve and we showed we have.

"I really am delighted to keep a clean sheet against Northampton because there was always going to be a lot of balls coming into our box."

Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd

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Post-match: Northampton boss Boothroyd

"We started really well and in the second half we had a real go at them, but it wasn't enough for me. We got what we deserved.

"It's about consistency. We looked a very good team last week but you've got to come to places like this and dig out results.

"Unfortunately, we had too many players not at the same levels they were a week ago.

"The players are giving their all but lads like Darren Carter and Ishmel Demontagnac come back into contention for Chesterfield."

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 21Duckworth
  • 2Austin
  • 8Walton
  • 6Baldwin
  • 35Burgess
  • 14Compton
  • 4DolanBooked at 58minsSubstituted forWalkerat 75'minutes
  • 10PooleSubstituted forSweeneyat 58'minutes
  • 33JamesSubstituted forRodneyat 88'minutes
  • 11MonkhouseBooked at 27mins

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 7Franks
  • 13Rafferty
  • 15Sweeney
  • 19Richards
  • 23Rodney
  • 38Walker

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 12Tozer
  • 3Widdowson
  • 34Ravenhill
  • 18ReidBooked at 45mins
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 29DallasSubstituted forPlattat 71'minutes
  • 32Ferdinand
  • 33NorrisSubstituted forMorrisat 60'minutes
  • 25Blyth
  • 19EmertonBooked at 31mins

Substitutes

  • 2Amankwaah
  • 6Collins
  • 8Morris
  • 9Platt
  • 17Deegan
  • 21McNamara
  • 23Heath
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
3,617

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Northampton Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 2, Northampton Town 0.

Foul by Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United).

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

Foul by Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United).

Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United).

Kane Ferdinand (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nialle Rodney replaces Luke James.

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

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Paul Reid.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Brad Walker replaces Matthew Dolan.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Clive Platt replaces Stuart Dallas.

Attempt saved. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

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

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

Foul by Jacob Blyth (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces Luke Norris.

Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Antony Sweeney replaces James Poole.

Booking

Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United).

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. James Poole (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Matt Duke.

Attempt saved. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the top left corner.

Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Emerton (Northampton Town).

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Northampton Town 0. Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

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

Penalty conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Oxford Utd179531532
2Chesterfield179531132
3Rochdale171025732
4Fleetwood1710161031
5Southend17926729
6Newport17764527
7Burton17836127
8Scunthorpe17764-127
9Dag & Red17755326
10Wimbledon17746225
11Morecambe17746-225
12Hartlepool17737224
13Exeter17737-124
14Plymouth17647-422
15Wycombe16637021
16Mansfield17566-321
17Cheltenham17566-521
18Portsmouth16556-420
19York17458-417
20Accrington17458-717
21Bury17368-415
22Bristol Rovers17368-715
23Torquay17359-1114
24Northampton173410-1013
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