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Hartlepool United 2-4 Mansfield Town

James Jennings

James Jennings struck a rare double to inspire Mansfield to a vital comeback win at Hartlepool and boost their bid to beat the drop from League Two.

The defender put the Stags in front from close in, only for Marlon Harewood to convert a Jack Barmby pass to level.

After Harewood had a penalty saved before the break, Luke James netted from 18 yards to put Pools in front.

Jennings' free-kick made it 2-2 before a Matt Rhead header and Jamie McGuire's strike won it for Mansfield late on.

It was the first time the Stags have scored four times and won in League Two this season and leaves them seven points clear of danger.

The result deals a significant blow to Hartlepool's outside hopes of a play-off spot, with a nine-point gap to seventh-placed York.

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper told BBC Tees:

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Post-match: Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper

"We shouldn't be shocked by the manner of the goals and what Mansfield Town do, we knew what to expect. Having watched the goals back, it's not a pretty watch.

"We'll analyse the goals and hopefully there'll be no repeat against Cheltenham on Saturday. I'm not knocking the way Mansfield play, they have a way to play, and when we went down there we dealt with their physicality.

"I'm disappointed and frustrated and the lads are shell-shocked.

"In terms of numbers we're fairly thin on the ground now, and I'll be looking to do something about that on Wednesday and Thursday."

Mansfield town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

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Post-match: Mansfield manager Cox

"The boys have put in a great shift. That second-half performance warranted the win.

"We were a bit annoyed with the second goal that went in, I thought it was sloppy defending.

"We want to enjoy the win but it's feet firmly back on the ground.

"They're a tremendous group, they keep ramming everything back down my throat and that's what I want."

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 19Richards
  • 22HoldenSubstituted forJonesat 65'minutes
  • 38WalkerBooked at 74mins
  • 35BurgessBooked at 72mins
  • 5Collins
  • 21DuckworthBooked at 48mins
  • 33James
  • 9HarewoodSubstituted forSweeneyat 63'minutes
  • 12Barmby
  • 14ComptonSubstituted forPooleat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Franks
  • 10Poole
  • 13Rafferty
  • 15Sweeney
  • 16Rowbotham
  • 20Jones
  • 28Hawkins

Mansfield

  • 1Marriott
  • 17Beevers
  • 16JenningsBooked at 45mins
  • 6Riley
  • 4DempsterBooked at 32minsSubstituted forMeikleat 58'minutes
  • 2Sutton
  • 23McGuire
  • 13HowellSubstituted forClucasat 58'minutes
  • 9Rhead
  • 36PalmerSubstituted forSpeightat 82'minutes
  • 21Murray

Substitutes

  • 10Stevenson
  • 11Clucas
  • 14Speight
  • 19Clements
  • 20Meikle
  • 28Westlake
  • 30Daniel
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
2,976

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Mansfield Town 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 2, Mansfield Town 4.

Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Martin Riley.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Mansfield Town 4. Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Foul by Jake Speight (Mansfield Town).

Sam Collins (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Dan Jones.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Martin Riley.

Attempt blocked. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Jake Speight (Mansfield Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Jake Speight replaces Ollie Palmer.

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

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Mansfield Town 3. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

(Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Martin Riley.

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

Attempt saved. James Jennings (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Mansfield Town 2. James Jennings (Mansfield Town) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Booking

Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United).

Attempt missed. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Dan Jones replaces Darren Holden.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Antony Sweeney replaces Marlon Harewood.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. James Poole replaces Jack Compton.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Sam Collins.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Lindon Meikle replaces John Dempster.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Samuel Clucas replaces Anthony Howell.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Martin Riley.

Attempt blocked. Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale392271064392573
2Scunthorpe391817461372471
3Chesterfield401913862362670
4Fleetwood391971357461164
5Burton39171394237564
6Oxford Utd391514104940959
7York391513114638858
8Southend3914141147361156
9Plymouth391510144444055
10Dag & Red391215124747051
11Hartlepool391310164645149
12Newport381213134649-349
13Wimbledon391212154247-548
14Cheltenham391115134553-848
15Morecambe391212154557-1248
16Exeter391211164750-347
17Mansfield391114144152-1147
18Accrington391113154649-346
19Bury38917124243-144
20Bristol Rovers381013153543-843
21Wycombe391012173948-942
22Portsmouth39915153855-1742
23Northampton39913173351-1840
24Torquay3999213557-2236
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