Match ends, Notts County 2, Hartlepool United 2.
Dave Challinor watched from the stands as Hartlepool held on for a point in a 2-2 draw at Notts County.
The former AFC Fylde boss is favourite to replace Craig Hignett and he will have been impressed by Pools' first-half display as they stormed into a two-goal lead.
The visitors made a bright start and were rewarded with the opening goal in the eighth minute when Gavan Holohan's strike took a deflection and beat the goalkeeper.
Pools doubled their lead in fine style after 42 minutes as Nicke Kabamba slid the ball through for Luke James who turned his man before curling the ball past Sam Slocombe.
Wes Thomas halved the deficit shortly afterwards, beating the defender to a ball over the top and toe-poking the ball home.
Peter Kioso saw a shot saved by Slocombe and the Magpies were back on level terms four minutes later when Thomas headed in from close range.
Thomas could have had his hat-trick in the 84th minute but he fired over from Richard Brindley's delivery as Hartlepool held on to make it four games unbeaten for caretaker boss Antony Sweeney.
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- 4RoseBooked at 77mins
- 11BoldewijnBooked at 40mins
- 7ThomasSubstituted forDennisat 88'minutes
- 32ShieldsSubstituted forBootyat 46'minutes
- 5KerrBooked at 55mins
- 4RaynesBooked at 78mins
- 14HolohanSubstituted forWilliamsat 89'minutes
- 7DonaldsonSubstituted forKennedyat 81'minutes
- 33JamesSubstituted forMuirat 72'minutes
- 9KabambaBooked at 83mins
- Joe Hull
Second Half ends, Notts County 2, Hartlepool United 2.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Luke Williams replaces Gavan Holohan.
Substitution, Notts County. Kristian Dennis replaces Wes Thomas.
Nicke Kabamba (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jason Kennedy replaces Ryan Donaldson.
Michael Raynes (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Mitch Rose (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Niko Muir replaces Luke James.
Goal! Notts County 2, Hartlepool United 2. Wes Thomas (Notts County).
Fraser Kerr (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Notts County. Regan Booty replaces Sean Shields.
Second Half begins Notts County 1, Hartlepool United 2.
First Half ends, Notts County 1, Hartlepool United 2.
Goal! Notts County 1, Hartlepool United 2. Wes Thomas (Notts County).
Goal! Notts County 0, Hartlepool United 2. Luke James (Hartlepool United).
Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Notts County 0, Hartlepool United 1. Gavan Holohan (Hartlepool United).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.