Match ends, Hartlepool United 4, Bristol Rovers 0.
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:
"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:
"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."
- 38WalkerSubstituted forHawkinsat 78'minutes
- 11MonkhouseSubstituted forComptonat 15'minutes
- 9HarewoodSubstituted forFranksat 64'minutes
- 7ClarksonSubstituted forSantosat 57'minutes
- 4WoodardsSubstituted forO Clarkeat 75'minutes
- 6ParkesBooked at 52mins
- 25ClucasSubstituted forBeardsleyat 57'minutes
- 24O Clarke
- Seb Stockbridge
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 4, Bristol Rovers 0.
Attempt missed. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Hand ball by Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United).
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.
Luke James (Hartlepool United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.
Hand ball by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).
Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.
Attempt missed. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).
Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Brad Walker.
Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Dan Woodards.
Attempt missed. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).
Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jack Compton (Hartlepool United).
Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.