Hartlepool closed the gap on the League Two play-off places with victory over bottom side Northampton.

The visitors went close early on as Luke Norris saw a headed effort bounce off the inside of the post.

Hartlepool went ahead when Luke James controlled a pass from Matty Dolan before finishing beyond Matt Duke.

The advantage was doubled after James Poole was bundled over in the box by Mathias Doumbe and Simon Walton coolly sent Duke the wrong way from the spot.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper told BBC Tees:

"I don't think anyone could argue we deserved to win that game.

"We dug in early on and earned the right to play by standing up to a big, strong team.

"That's the most pleasing thing for me. Teams are going to test whether we've got the resolve and we showed we have.

"I really am delighted to keep a clean sheet against Northampton because there was always going to be a lot of balls coming into our box."

Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"We started really well and in the second half we had a real go at them, but it wasn't enough for me. We got what we deserved.

"It's about consistency. We looked a very good team last week but you've got to come to places like this and dig out results.

"Unfortunately, we had too many players not at the same levels they were a week ago.

"The players are giving their all but lads like Darren Carter and Ishmel Demontagnac come back into contention for Chesterfield."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 21 Duckworth
  • 02 Austin
  • 08 Walton
  • 06 Baldwin
  • 35 Burgess
  • 14 Compton
  • 04 Dolan Booked (Walker - 75' )
  • 10 Poole (Sweeney - 58' )
  • 33 James (Rodney - 88' )
  • 11 Monkhouse Booked

Substitutes

  • 05 Collins
  • 07 Franks
  • 13 Rafferty
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 19 Richards
  • 23 Rodney
  • 38 Walker

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 12 Tozer
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 34 Ravenhill
  • 18 Reid Booked
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 29 Dallas (Platt - 71' )
  • 32 Ferdinand
  • 33 Norris (Morris - 60' )
  • 25 Blyth
  • 19 Emerton Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Amankwaah
  • 06 Collins
  • 08 Morris
  • 09 Platt
  • 17 Deegan
  • 21 McNamara
  • 23 Heath
Ref: Mark Haywood
Att: 3,617

Match Stats

Shots

13 5

On target

7 2

Corners

9 3

Fouls

8 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Northampton Town 0.

90:00 +4:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 2, Northampton Town 0.

90:00 +1:18

Foul by Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United).

90:00 +1:18

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:48

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

89:33

Foul by Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United).

89:33

Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:20

Foul by Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United).

88:20

Kane Ferdinand (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nialle Rodney replaces Luke James.

87:11

Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:11

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

85:26

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

84:46

Attempt saved. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

81:10

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

79:16

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Paul Reid.

74:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Brad Walker replaces Matthew Dolan.

70:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Clive Platt replaces Stuart Dallas.

66:21

Attempt saved. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

63:53

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

62:59

Attempt saved. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

61:43

Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:43

Foul by Jacob Blyth (Northampton Town).

61:18

Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

60:53

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

60:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces Luke Norris.

58:51

Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:51

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

57:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Antony Sweeney replaces James Poole.

57:39 Booking

Booking Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

57:34

Foul by Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United).

57:34

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:25

Attempt saved. James Poole (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

52:50

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Matt Duke.

52:38

Attempt saved. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the top left corner.

52:03

Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:03

Foul by Danny Emerton (Northampton Town).

48:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Northampton Town 0. Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

48:09

Penalty Hartlepool United. James Poole draws a foul in the penalty area.

48:09

Penalty conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

46:11

Attempt missed. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Hartlepool United 1, Northampton Town 0.

45:00 +2:25 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Northampton Town 0.

45:00 +2:01

Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +2:01

Foul by Jacob Blyth (Northampton Town).

45:00 +1:11

Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:11

Foul by Luke Norris (Northampton Town).

45:00 +0:29

Luke James (Hartlepool United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

44:45 Booking

Booking Paul Reid (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

44:40

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:40

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

40:01

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Paul Reid.

38:42

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:42

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

36:39

Foul by Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United).

36:39

Luke Norris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:01

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:01

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

33:17

Attempt saved. Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:57 Booking

Booking Danny Emerton (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

30:22

Attempt blocked. Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26:54 Booking

Booking Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

26:48

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United).

26:48

Ben Tozer (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:16

Attempt saved. Luke Norris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

25:26

Foul by Matthew Dolan (Hartlepool United).

25:26

Stuart Dallas (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Northampton Town 0. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

21:28

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

20:35

Hand ball by Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United).

16:28

Attempt missed. Danny Emerton (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

15:53

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

12:08

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

12:08

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:01

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.

8:01

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Paul Reid.

6:51

Attempt missed. Paul Reid (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

6:20

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Neil Austin.

4:55

Foul by Kane Ferdinand (Northampton Town).

4:55

Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:49

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

3:49

Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:30

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

1:47

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

1:47

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:32

Jacob Blyth (Northampton Town) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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