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Hartlepool United 1-2 Chesterfield

Eoin Doyle

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.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe421919464392576
2Rochdale422291164422275
3Chesterfield422014865382774
4Fleetwood422091361481369
5Burton421814104338568
6Southend4216141250381262
7Oxford Utd421614125143862
8York421516114739861
9Plymouth421610164648-258
10Mansfield421414144652-656
11Bury421218125146554
12Dag & Red421315144953-454
13Newport421314155154-353
14Wimbledon421313164348-552
15Cheltenham421216144856-852
16Portsmouth421215154557-1251
17Accrington421214164851-350
18Hartlepool421310194749-249
19Morecambe421213174761-1449
20Exeter421212184854-648
21Bristol Rovers421114173847-947
22Wycombe421113184150-946
23Northampton421113183554-1946
24Torquay42109233760-2339
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