League Two
Hartlepool4Bristol Rovers0

Hartlepool United 4-0 Bristol Rovers

Hartlepool moved to within three points of the play-offs as they brushed aside Bristol Rovers.

The home side took the lead in the first minute through Marlon Harewood, who headed in Jack Barmby's corner.

Pools doubled their lead when Bradley Walker curled in from 25 yards and Simon Walton's penalty after Harewood was fouled by Tom Parkes made it 3-0.

The emphatic victory was wrapped up late on as Jon Franks cracked in a shot after Luke James had hit the post.

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper told BBC Tees:

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper

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Post-match: Hartlepool boss Cooper

"Bristol Rovers had a long week and I think the biggest thing for us was to make sure we got on the front foot early.

"Some of the football we played was very good. I'm greedy as I always think we can do more but we really were excellent.

"Brad Walker is an exceptional young player - he was the catalyst for our whole performance.

"What was really pleasing is that we built superbly. The defence and goalkeeper gave us the foundation to win."

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

John Ward

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Ward

"That's the first time I've felt like that in the long time I've been here, around 14 or 15 months.

"We went under a little bit tamely and that's not something we've ever done before. We've always fought it out, we've always been hard to beat. But not today.

"We've been beaten by a good team, don't get me wrong. They've got some very good players.

"But certainly we have assisted with their goal efforts and the goals that they've scored."

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 19Richards
  • 22Holden
  • 38WalkerSubstituted forHawkinsat 78'minutes
  • 5Collins
  • 35Burgess
  • 8Walton
  • 11MonkhouseSubstituted forComptonat 15'minutes
  • 33James
  • 9HarewoodSubstituted forFranksat 64'minutes
  • 12Barmby

Substitutes

  • 7Franks
  • 10Poole
  • 13Rafferty
  • 14Compton
  • 15Sweeney
  • 16Rowbotham
  • 28Hawkins

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forSantosat 57'minutes
  • 14Brown
  • 4WoodardsSubstituted forO Clarkeat 75'minutes
  • 6ParkesBooked at 52mins
  • 9Harrold
  • 25ClucasSubstituted forBeardsleyat 57'minutes
  • 39Mohamed
  • 32O'Toole
  • 29McChrystal

Substitutes

  • 8Gillespie
  • 17Harrison
  • 19Beardsley
  • 20Gough
  • 24O Clarke
  • 30Lockyer
  • 33Santos
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,480

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 4, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 4, Bristol Rovers 0.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Hand ball by Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United).

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 4, Bristol Rovers 0. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Luke James.

Luke James (Hartlepool United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.

Hand ball by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Brad Walker.

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Dan Woodards.

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

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Compton (Hartlepool United).

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Marlon Harewood.

Attempt missed. Luke James (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Beardsley replaces Seanan Clucas.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alefe Santos replaces David Clarkson.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 3, Bristol Rovers 0. Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Hartlepool United. Marlon Harewood draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

Booking

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Second Half

Second Half begins Hartlepool United 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hartlepool United 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield37181272666
2Scunthorpe37161742165
3Rochdale36197101764
4Fleetwood37187121261
5Burton3716138561
6Oxford Utd37141491156
7Southend37131311852
8York37131311652
9Plymouth3614913051
10Hartlepool37131014449
11Cheltenham36111411-547
12Morecambe36121113-747
13Dag & Red36111312-146
14Newport34111112-344
15Wimbledon37111115-644
16Mansfield37101314-1343
17Bury3591511042
18Bristol Rovers36101214-642
19Portsmouth3791513-1342
20Wycombe36101115-641
21Accrington36101115-741
22Exeter36101016-740
23Northampton3691116-1538
24Torquay368919-2133
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