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Hartlepool United 3-1 Exeter City

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.

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 42Fryer
  • 33Donnelly
  • 8Walker
  • 26Harrison
  • 39KavanaghSubstituted forRichardsonat 29'minutes
  • 14WoodsSubstituted forHawkinsat 58'minutes
  • 4Featherstone
  • 15Alessandra
  • 11OatesSubstituted forHawkesat 90+4'minutes
  • 9Amond
  • 7N ThomasBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Bates
  • 13Bartlett
  • 18Hawkins
  • 20Orrell
  • 28Rooney
  • 34Hawkes
  • 35Richardson

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 28Stacey
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-TaylorBooked at 90mins
  • 3WoodmanSubstituted forSweeneyat 87'minutes
  • 11Wheeler
  • 4JamesBooked at 87mins
  • 25TaylorSubstituted forGrantat 79'minutes
  • 7Harley
  • 33ReidSubstituted forMcAlindenat 65'minutes
  • 14Watkins

Substitutes

  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 6Tillson
  • 12Grant
  • 19McAlinden
  • 21Hamon
  • 29Croll
  • 31Sweeney
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
3,775

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 3, Exeter City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 3, Exeter City 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Hawkes replaces Rhys Oates.

Booking

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

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!

Goal! Hartlepool United 3, Exeter City 1. Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Booking

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

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

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.

Foul by Kenton Richardson (Hartlepool United).

Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United).

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United).

Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Exeter City 1. Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Rhys Oates.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Exeter City 1. Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces Reuben Reid.

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Reuben Reid (Exeter City).

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United).

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Michael Woods.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Rhys Oates.

Attempt saved. Troy Brown (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster35209666422469
2Plymouth34205954361865
3Carlisle35151375651558
4Luton341512753312257
5Portsmouth341681049311856
6Stevenage35174145951855
7Exeter351661356411554
8Mansfield35131394338552
9Colchester35149125144751
10Wycombe35148134445-150
11Blackpool341114952381447
12Cambridge34138134441347
13Grimsby35138144142-147
14Barnet351113114347-446
15Morecambe34137144351-846
16Crawley34127154152-1143
17Yeovil35913133344-1140
18Cheltenham35912143846-839
19Crewe35912143752-1539
20Accrington33911133746-938
21Hartlepool35911154659-1338
22Notts County35107183861-2337
23Leyton Orient3595214055-1532
24Newport34511183757-2026
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