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Hartlepool United 1-2 Chesterfield

Chesterfield guaranteed a League Two play-off place with victory at relegation-threatened Hartlepool.

The home side took the lead as Jack Barmby released Luke James who fired in with a curled left-footed effort.

The Spireites equalised through Liam Cooper's tap-in and then took the lead after half-time with Eoin Doyle's exquisite lob beating Andy Rafferty.

The visitors nearly grabbed a third through Armand Gnanduillet as Pools offered little resistance late on.

The result deepens Hartlepool's relegation worries as they sit just three points clear of the drop zone, while Chesterfield are only two points behind leaders Scunthorpe.

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Post-match: Chesterfield boss Cook

"Everyone's very excited because we've won a game and results have gone our way, but this league's like that.

"All of a sudden now the point last week becomes not such a bad point.

"Sometimes you need some people to give you a pat on the back and say 'let's keep it going'.

"My job is to keep everybody calm now and get ready for next Saturday."

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 13Rafferty
  • 21Duckworth
  • 22Holden
  • 38WalkerBooked at 28minsSubstituted forOliverat 80'minutes
  • 5Collins
  • 24Harrison
  • 8Walton
  • 14ComptonSubstituted forFranksat 62'minutes
  • 33James
  • 9Harewood
  • 12BarmbySubstituted forPooleat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Flinders
  • 7Franks
  • 10Poole
  • 19Richards
  • 20Jones
  • 26Oliver
  • 28Hawkins

Chesterfield

  • 1Lee
  • 7Darikwa
  • 3Smith
  • 5Morsy
  • 23EvattBooked at 26mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 26GardnerSubstituted forRobertsat 58'minutes
  • 4Hird
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forGnanduilletat 81'minutes
  • 17Doyle
  • 29KearnsSubstituted forHumphreysat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Togwell
  • 10O'Shea
  • 11Roberts
  • 15Humphreys
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 35Dunbavin
  • 44Beesley
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
3,778

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away10
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Chesterfield 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Chesterfield 2.
Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).
Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ian Evatt.
Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).
Attempt saved. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Connor Oliver.
Hand ball by Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield).

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Marc Richards.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Connor Oliver replaces Brad Walker.
Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marc Richards (Chesterfield).
Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Michael Duckworth.
Sam Collins (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Marc Richards (Chesterfield).
Attempt missed. Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Simon Walton.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Jack Compton.
Attempt missed. Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jack Compton (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. James Poole replaces Jack Barmby.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Ritchie Humphreys replaces Daniel Kearns.
Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Gary Roberts replaces Dan Gardner because of an injury.
Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).
Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Darren Holden.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Chesterfield 2. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Dan Gardner.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

Second Half

Second Half begins Hartlepool United 1, Chesterfield 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Chesterfield 1.
Hand ball by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).
Attempt missed. Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Scott Harrison.
Attempt missed. Nathan Smith (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ian Evatt.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Tendayi Darikwa.
Attempt blocked. Sam Collins (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ian Evatt.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Chesterfield 1. Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dan Gardner with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Simon Walton.

Booking

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Daniel Kearns (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United).
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ian Evatt.
Attempt missed. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).
Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Chesterfield 0. Luke James (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Barmby.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Sam Collins.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Andy Rafferty.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Scunthorpe42191942576
2Rochdale42229112275
3Chesterfield42201482774
4Fleetwood42209131369
5Burton42181410568
6Southend421614121262
7Oxford Utd42161412862
8York42151611861
9Plymouth42161016-258
10Mansfield42141414-656
11Bury42121812554
12Dag & Red42131514-454
13Newport42131415-353
14Wimbledon42131316-552
15Cheltenham42121614-852
16Portsmouth42121515-1251
17Accrington42121416-350
18Hartlepool42131019-249
19Morecambe42121317-1449
20Exeter42121218-648
21Bristol Rovers42111417-947
22Wycombe42111318-946
23Northampton42111318-1946
24Torquay4210923-2339
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