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Hartlepool United 3-1 Leyton Orient

Jake Gray (left) celebrates his first goal against Leyton Orient
Jake Gray's double were his first goals for Hartlepool and came in his second appearance on loan from Crystal Palace

Jake Gray's second-half double earned struggling Hartlepool a comeback win over promotion-chasing Leyton Orient.

The O's started strongly and deservedly led when Bradley Pritchard's strike found the bottom corner of the net.

But Pools were level after 20 minutes, Kudus Oyenuga scoring a penalty following Alan Dunne's handball.

The visitors continued to create the better chances, but Gray's long-range shot went in via Dunne to make it 2-1 and another Gray strike sealed victory.

It was on-loan Crystal Palace teenager Gray's first Pools goals in his second appearance and was harsh on Orient, who could have gone fourth with a win.

They dominated the first half with John Marquis going close, while Mathieu Baudry also had a close-range header saved by Pools keeper Trevor Carson after the interval when the score was still 1-1.

But Hartlepool, who remain 18th but are now 10 points clear of the relegation places, finished strongly and took the points thanks to Gray's fortunate first and calm 12-yard effort with five minutes left.

Leyton Orient's Bradley Pritchard celebrates his first-half goal against Hartlepool
Bradley Pritchard's first-half strike was his first goal in 18 appearances this season
Hartlepool's Kudus Oyenuga scores from he penalty spot in the game against Leyton Orient
Hartlepool striker Kudus Oyenuga has scored two goals in two games having not scored in his first five games of the season

Line-ups

Hartlepool

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Carson
  • 21DuckworthSubstituted forHarrisonat 77'minutes
  • 6Bates
  • 26Jackson
  • 3Carroll
  • 33Naismith
  • 2Magnay
  • 30Gray
  • 11OyenugaSubstituted forOatesat 68'minutes
  • 17FenwickSubstituted forFeatherstoneat 82'minutes
  • 32Mandron

Substitutes

  • 5Harrison
  • 9Bingham
  • 13Bartlett
  • 14Woods
  • 15Oates
  • 16Featherstone
  • 20Jones

Leyton Orient

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21Grainger
  • 2Clohessy
  • 6Baudry
  • 5DunneSubstituted forTurgottat 86'minutes
  • 3Shaw
  • 12Payne
  • 8JamesBooked at 56mins
  • 18PritchardSubstituted forKashketat 75'minutes
  • 27Simpson
  • 9Palmer
  • 32Marquis

Substitutes

  • 17Turgott
  • 19Kashket
  • 22Semedo
  • 23Moncur
  • 29Sargeant
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
4,081

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hartlepool United 3, Leyton Orient 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 3, Leyton Orient 1.

  3. Post update

    Kal Naismith (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Palmer (Leyton Orient).

  6. Post update

    Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Leyton Orient. Blair Turgott replaces Alan Dunne.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Hartlepool United 3, Leyton Orient 1. Jake Gray (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kal Naismith.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nicky Featherstone replaces Scott Fenwick.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Scott Harrison replaces Michael Duckworth because of an injury.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Leyton Orient. Scott Kashket replaces Bradley Pritchard.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mikael Mandron (Hartlepool United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Leyton Orient 1. Jake Gray (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mikael Mandron.

  19. Post update

    Foul by John Marquis (Leyton Orient).

  20. Post update

    Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth17122327121538
2Oxford Utd1796228151333
3Northampton179442721631
4Portsmouth177822314929
5Accrington178542619729
6Mansfield177552214826
7Leyton Orient177552723426
8Bristol Rovers168262118326
9Wimbledon177552423126
10Carlisle177552930-126
11Luton177462921825
12Wycombe157442013725
13Morecambe167273129223
14Exeter176562325-223
15Notts County166462123-222
16Crawley176472126-522
17Cambridge175572125-420
18Barnet176292328-520
19Hartlepool176291825-720
20Stevenage173682132-1115
21Newport173591728-1114
22York172691928-912
23Yeovil1724111931-1210
24Dag & Red161691731-149
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