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Hartlepool United 0-1 Blackpool

Blackpool kept up their hopes of claiming a play-off spot in League Two by beating Hartlepool in a scrappy encounter.

Pools started the game well and had plenty of first-half possession but finding a way through the defence to trouble Blackpool goalkeeper Sam Slocombe was a different matter.

Lewis Hawkins played in Lewis Alessandra but when he got into the area he checked back onto his right foot and his shot was blocked.

The Tangerines' best effort came when Mark Cullen's shot was firmly blocked by Liam Donnelly.

Pools keeper Trevor Carson saved brilliantly on 47 minutes when a swift break saw Brad Potts cross for Kyle Vassell, who picked his spot with a firm header only for Carson to keep it out.

The home side almost took the lead on 61 minutes as Rhys Oates crossed and Alessandra's first-time shot fizzed low past the post.

But the Tangerines opened the scoring on 64 minutes when a counter-attack saw the ball played over the top for Cullen to confidently net.

Pools should have levelled on 84 minutes after they were awarded a penalty following Tom Aldred's handball. Alessandra, however, ballooned the ball high over the bar from 12 yards.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Carson
  • 33Donnelly
  • 26Harrison
  • 6Bates
  • 3Carroll
  • 18Hawkins
  • 4Featherstone
  • 28LaurentSubstituted forWoodsat 81'minutes
  • 11Oates
  • 10PaynterSubstituted forAmondat 78'minutes
  • 15AlessandraSubstituted forDeverdicsat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Walker
  • 9Amond
  • 13Bartlett
  • 14Woods
  • 17Deverdics
  • 19Richards
  • 22Nsiala

Blackpool

  • 1Slocombe
  • 2Mellor
  • 15Aldred
  • 5Robertson
  • 3Taylor
  • 21Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forPhilliskirkat 79'minutes
  • 8Potts
  • 4McAlisterBooked at 41mins
  • 22Pugh
  • 7Vassell
  • 9Cullen

Substitutes

  • 6Aimson
  • 16Nolan
  • 18Philliskirk
  • 19Matt
  • 27Lyness
  • 28Payne
  • 31Gnanduillet
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
3,767

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Blackpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Blackpool 1.

Jim McAlister (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United).

Attempt missed. Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United).

Mark Cullen (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nicky Deverdics replaces Lewis Alessandra.

Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).

Mark Cullen (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Lewis Alessandra should be disappointed.

Penalty conceded by Tom Aldred (Blackpool) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Mark Cullen (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United).

Mark Cullen (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Michael Woods replaces Josh Laurent.

Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Cullen (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Danny Philliskirk replaces Bright Samuel because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Padraig Amond replaces Billy Paynter.

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Blackpool).

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

Foul by Bright Samuel (Blackpool).

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Blackpool).

Foul by Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United).

(Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Blackpool 1. Mark Cullen (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Taylor.

Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clark Robertson (Blackpool).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Brad Potts.

Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).

Kyle Vassell (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Josh Laurent (Hartlepool United).

Kelvin Mellor (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

goal

As It Stood

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1Doncaster22143544301445
2Plymouth22143535241145
3Carlisle221110141261543
4Portsmouth22115636221438
5Luton2298531201135
6Wycombe2210572925435
7Cambridge2210483025534
8Blackpool2296736241233
9Barnet228953130133
10Colchester228683027330
11Stevenage2293103334-130
12Grimsby228592927229
13Yeovil228592526-129
14Crawley228592836-829
15Exeter2283112526-127
16Crewe226972430-627
17Mansfield226882128-726
18Morecambe2182112538-1326
19Leyton Orient2273122529-424
20Hartlepool225892838-1023
21Notts County2264122537-1222
22Accrington2256112029-921
23Cheltenham224992434-1021
24Newport2145122535-1017
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