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Hartlepool United 2-0 Accrington Stanley

Hartlepool benefited from controversial refereeing as goals from Nicky Deverdics and Lewis Alessandra earned them a win over Accrington.

Pools were given a shock penalty, with Mark Hughes subsequently sent off, after an hour with Deverdics scoring the follow-up after Elliot Parish saved Padraig Amond's spot-kick.

And Alessandra added a second in injury time to secure the points.

Accrington dominated the opening period, Billy Kee spurning three golden chances either side of Alessandra forcing a smart stop from Parish.

But the game turned when referee Richard Clark intervened, apparently adjudging Hughes to have pulled back Amond amid Toto Nsiala seeing a header brilliantly saved.

Amond missed the spot-kick but, after Accrington denied two subsequent efforts in a scramble, the ball set up for Deverdics to unfurl a sublime bicycle kick.

Parish then made two fine saves to keep Accrington afloat, and they almost levelled as Paddy Lacey saw a header cleared off the line before Trevor Carson brilliantly denied Romuald Boco.

Stanley's misery was compounded when Alessandra slotted home Amond's fine cross in injury time.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Carson
  • 22NsialaBooked at 43mins
  • 6Bates
  • 26Harrison
  • 28Laurent
  • 18Hawkins
  • 4Featherstone
  • 17DeverdicsSubstituted forWoodsat 76'minutes
  • 29MartinBooked at 55minsSubstituted forCarrollat 67'minutes
  • 9Amond
  • 15Alessandra

Substitutes

  • 3Carroll
  • 8Walker
  • 10Paynter
  • 11Oates
  • 13Bartlett
  • 14Woods
  • 20Orrell

Accrington

  • 1Parish
  • 27O'Sullivan
  • 5BecklesBooked at 73mins
  • 6Vyner
  • 3HughesBooked at 60mins
  • 7Clark
  • 8BrownBooked at 57mins
  • 28ConneelySubstituted forBocoat 81'minutes
  • 11McConvilleBooked at 62mins
  • 29KeeBooked at 64minsSubstituted forLaceyat 69'minutes
  • 10McCartanBooked at 65mins

Substitutes

  • 4Davies
  • 9Gornell
  • 14Boco
  • 15Taylor-Fletcher
  • 17Lacey
  • 20Chapman
  • 26Sykes
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
2,514

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away19
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Accrington Stanley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 2, Accrington Stanley 0.

Attempt missed. Paddy Lacey (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Romuald Boco (Accrington Stanley).

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Accrington Stanley 0. Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Padraig Amond with a cross.

Attempt saved. Romuald Boco (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United).

Foul by Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley).

Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Romuald Boco replaces Seamus Conneely.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

Attempt saved. Josh Laurent (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Attempt blocked. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Lewis Hawkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Michael Woods replaces Nicky Deverdics.

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Matthew Bates (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

John O'Sullivan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Seamus Conneely.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

Attempt saved. Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Paddy Lacey replaces Billy Kee.

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Laurent (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jake Carroll replaces James Martin.

Foul by Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley).

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Accrington Stanley 0. Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Penalty saved! Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

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1Plymouth1812242819938
2Carlisle1898132211135
3Doncaster17103435241133
4Portsmouth1894531181331
5Luton1886428181030
6Grimsby187562522326
7Crewe186842221126
8Wycombe187472122-125
9Mansfield186751920-125
10Blackpool186662921824
11Barnet185942425-124
12Yeovil177371822-424
13Hartlepool185762830-222
14Cambridge186481822-422
15Notts County186482229-722
16Stevenage166372324-121
17Colchester185582326-320
18Accrington185581924-520
19Crawley175571825-720
20Morecambe1862102135-1420
21Exeter1861112025-519
22Leyton Orient1853102023-318
23Cheltenham183961925-618
24Newport174582123-217
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