League Two
Hartlepool4Bristol Rovers0

Hartlepool United 4-0 Bristol Rovers

Hartlepool moved to within three points of the play-offs as they brushed aside Bristol Rovers.

The home side took the lead in the first minute through Marlon Harewood, who headed in Jack Barmby's corner.

Pools doubled their lead when Bradley Walker curled in from 25 yards and Simon Walton's penalty after Harewood was fouled by Tom Parkes made it 3-0.

The emphatic victory was wrapped up late on as Jon Franks cracked in a shot after Luke James had hit the post.

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper told BBC Tees:

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Post-match: Hartlepool boss Cooper

"Bristol Rovers had a long week and I think the biggest thing for us was to make sure we got on the front foot early.

"Some of the football we played was very good. I'm greedy as I always think we can do more but we really were excellent.

"Brad Walker is an exceptional young player - he was the catalyst for our whole performance.

"What was really pleasing is that we built superbly. The defence and goalkeeper gave us the foundation to win."

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Ward

"That's the first time I've felt like that in the long time I've been here, around 14 or 15 months.

"We went under a little bit tamely and that's not something we've ever done before. We've always fought it out, we've always been hard to beat. But not today.

"We've been beaten by a good team, don't get me wrong. They've got some very good players.

"But certainly we have assisted with their goal efforts and the goals that they've scored."

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 19Richards
  • 22Holden
  • 38WalkerSubstituted forHawkinsat 78'minutes
  • 5Collins
  • 35Burgess
  • 8Walton
  • 11MonkhouseSubstituted forComptonat 15'minutes
  • 33James
  • 9HarewoodSubstituted forFranksat 64'minutes
  • 12Barmby

Substitutes

  • 7Franks
  • 10Poole
  • 13Rafferty
  • 14Compton
  • 15Sweeney
  • 16Rowbotham
  • 28Hawkins

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forSantosat 57'minutes
  • 14Brown
  • 4WoodardsSubstituted forO Clarkeat 75'minutes
  • 6ParkesBooked at 52mins
  • 9Harrold
  • 25ClucasSubstituted forBeardsleyat 57'minutes
  • 39Mohamed
  • 32O'Toole
  • 29McChrystal

Substitutes

  • 8Gillespie
  • 17Harrison
  • 19Beardsley
  • 20Gough
  • 24O Clarke
  • 30Lockyer
  • 33Santos
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,480

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hartlepool United 4, Bristol Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 4, Bristol Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Hartlepool United 4, Bristol Rovers 0. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Luke James.

  6. Post update

    Luke James (Hartlepool United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

  11. Post update

    Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Brad Walker.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Dan Woodards.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

  17. Post update

    Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack Compton (Hartlepool United).

  19. Post update

    Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield371812760342666
2Scunthorpe371617458372165
3Rochdale361971056391764
4Fleetwood371871254421261
5Burton37161384136561
6Oxford Utd371414948371156
7Southend371313114436852
8York371313114438652
9Plymouth36149134040051
10Hartlepool371310144440449
11Cheltenham361114114146-547
12Morecambe361211134350-747
13Dag & Red361113124445-146
14Newport341111124346-344
15Wimbledon371111153642-644
16Mansfield371013143750-1343
17Bury35915114040042
18Bristol Rovers361012143440-642
19Portsmouth37915133851-1342
20Wycombe361011153844-641
21Accrington361011154047-741
22Exeter361010164148-740
23Northampton36911163045-1538
24Torquay3689193354-2133
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