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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.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper told BBC Tees:

"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:

"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

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Northampton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nialle Rodney replaces Luke James.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Paul Reid.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Brad Walker replaces Matthew Dolan.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Clive Platt replaces Stuart Dallas.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Oxford Utd1795329141532
2Chesterfield1795325141132
3Rochdale1710252821732
4Fleetwood17101631211031
5Southend179262215729
6Newport177642419527
7Burton178362120127
8Scunthorpe177641920-127
9Dag & Red177552522326
10Wimbledon177462220225
11Morecambe177462325-225
12Hartlepool177372119224
13Exeter177372122-124
14Plymouth176471317-422
15Wycombe166372121021
16Mansfield175662023-321
17Cheltenham175662328-521
18Portsmouth165562428-420
19York174582327-417
20Accrington174581623-717
21Bury173681822-415
22Bristol Rovers173681320-715
23Torquay173591829-1114
24Northampton1734101424-1013
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