Match ends, Hartlepool United 3, Exeter City 1.
Struggling Hartlepool dealt a blow to Exeter's automatic promotion hopes as they came from behind for victory.
Lewis Alessandra, who scored twice in the midweek win against Crewe, struck either side of Padraig Amond's thunderbolt as Pools - sitting third from bottom entering the clash - answered Ollie Watkins' opener to take a crucial three points.
Exeter looked threatening from the off and went ahead when goalkeeper Joe Fryer failed to keep out Watkins' 20-yard effort.
They continued to edge proceedings, Watkins heading narrowly wide from Craig Woodman's corner early in the second half.
Yet Paul Tisdale's men were hit with a sucker punch in the 66th minute when Alessandra coolly converted after Nathan Thomas' effort was blocked.
It went from bad to worse for the visitors three minutes later as, moments after Watkins was denied a penalty, Amond powered a left-footed strike into the top corner having been found by Rhys Oates.
And Hartlepool saved the best for last, Alessandra cutting in from the right wing and hammering home a brilliant low strike in injury time.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 39KavanaghSubstituted forRichardsonat 29'minutes
- 14WoodsSubstituted forHawkinsat 58'minutes
- 11OatesSubstituted forHawkesat 90+4'minutes
- 7ThomasBooked at 90mins
- 15Moore-TaylorBooked at 90mins
- 3WoodmanSubstituted forSweeneyat 87'minutes
- 4JamesBooked at 87mins
- 25TaylorSubstituted forGrantat 79'minutes
- 33ReidSubstituted forMcAlindenat 65'minutes
- Robert Lewis
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 3, Exeter City 1.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Hawkes replaces Rhys Oates.
Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.
Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Goal! Hartlepool United 3, Exeter City 1. Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.
Lloyd James (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).
Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Exeter City. Pierce Sweeney replaces Craig Woodman.
Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City).
Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United).
Jack Stacey (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Exeter City. Joel Grant replaces Jake Taylor.
(Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ollie Watkins (Exeter City).
Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.