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Hartlepool United 1-1 Crawley Town

James Collins' late penalty denied Hartlepool their first League Two home win of the season as Crawley earned a draw at the Northern Gas & Power Stadium.

Collins thundered home his spot-kick with 16 minutes remaining to ensure the spoils were shared after Lewis Alessandra's first goal for the club put Pools ahead.

Hartlepool did not look like a side with such a poor home record in the opening exchanges, taking the lead in the 12th minute.

Having been hauled over by Andre Blackman, Nathan Thomas failed to make it seven goals in as many games from the spot - yet Alessandra was on hand to head home the rebound.

Crawley were unfortunate not to level immediately as Enzio Boldewijn and Jimmy Smith rattled the woodwork in quick succession.

The Red Devils took control thereafter and equalised in the 74th minute, Collins netting having been pushed to the floor by Jake Carroll.

And Crawley were only denied a last-ditch winner by some brilliance from Hartlepool defender Scott Harrison, who somehow stopped Collins from tapping into an empty net after Billy Clifford's curler hit the crossbar.

Reports supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Hartlepool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Bartlett
  • 19Richards
  • 22Nsiala
  • 26HarrisonBooked at 74mins
  • 3CarrollBooked at 73mins
  • 28Laurent
  • 17DeverdicsSubstituted forGreenat 31'minutesSubstituted forPaynterat 82'minutes
  • 18Hawkins
  • 15Alessandra
  • 9AmondSubstituted forHeardmanat 90+1'minutes
  • 7Thomas

Substitutes

  • 10Paynter
  • 16Pollock
  • 20Orrell
  • 24Green
  • 29Martin
  • 31Dudzinski
  • 34Heardman

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Morris
  • 2Young
  • 6Connolly
  • 22McNerney
  • 14BlackmanBooked at 54minsSubstituted forArthurat 57'minutes
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 8Smith
  • 18CliffordBooked at 77mins
  • 24Djaló
  • 10BantonSubstituted forBawlingat 57'minutes
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 3Arthur
  • 5Davey
  • 13Mersin
  • 17Bawling
  • 20Tajbakhsh
  • 23Pappoe
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
3,693

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Crawley Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Crawley Town 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United).

  7. Post update

    Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Tom Heardman replaces Padraig Amond.

  11. Post update

    Billy Clifford (Crawley Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United).

  13. Post update

    Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aristote Nsiala (Hartlepool United) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Lewis Young.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United).

  17. Post update

    Kaby (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Billy Paynter replaces Kieran Green.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth129121991028
2Doncaster127232516923
3Carlisle125701911822
4Portsmouth126241912720
5Luton125432113819
6Crawley125431414019
7Crewe124621616018
8Notts County115241817117
9Mansfield124531211117
10Grimsby125251717017
11Accrington124441616016
12Colchester124441616016
13Hartlepool123721819-116
14Morecambe115151621-516
15Blackpool123541613314
16Wycombe124261316-314
17Cambridge123451116-513
18Yeovil124171219-713
19Barnet112631215-312
20Leyton Orient123361215-312
21Stevenage113261519-411
22Cheltenham121741316-310
23Exeter12318816-810
24Newport101451015-57
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