League Two
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Hartlepool United 1-2 Chesterfield

Eoin Doyle

Chesterfield guaranteed a League Two play-off place with victory at relegation-threatened Hartlepool.

The home side took the lead as Jack Barmby released Luke James who fired in with a curled left-footed effort.

The Spireites equalised through Liam Cooper's tap-in and then took the lead after half-time with Eoin Doyle's exquisite lob beating Andy Rafferty.

The visitors nearly grabbed a third through Armand Gnanduillet as Pools offered little resistance late on.

The result deepens Hartlepool's relegation worries as they sit just three points clear of the drop zone, while Chesterfield are only two points behind leaders Scunthorpe.

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Everyone's very excited because we've won a game and results have gone our way, but this league's like that.

"All of a sudden now the point last week becomes not such a bad point.

"Sometimes you need some people to give you a pat on the back and say 'let's keep it going'.

"My job is to keep everybody calm now and get ready for next Saturday."

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 13Rafferty
  • 21Duckworth
  • 22Holden
  • 38WalkerBooked at 28minsSubstituted forOliverat 80'minutes
  • 5Collins
  • 24Harrison
  • 8Walton
  • 14ComptonSubstituted forFranksat 62'minutes
  • 33James
  • 9Harewood
  • 12BarmbySubstituted forPooleat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Flinders
  • 7Franks
  • 10Poole
  • 19Richards
  • 20Jones
  • 26Oliver
  • 28Hawkins

Chesterfield

  • 1Lee
  • 7Darikwa
  • 3Smith
  • 5Morsy
  • 23EvattBooked at 26mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 26GardnerSubstituted forRobertsat 58'minutes
  • 4Hird
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forGnanduilletat 81'minutes
  • 17Doyle
  • 29KearnsSubstituted forHumphreysat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Togwell
  • 10O'Shea
  • 11Roberts
  • 15Humphreys
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 35Dunbavin
  • 44Beesley
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
3,778

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away10
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Chesterfield 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Chesterfield 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

  4. Post update

    Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Ian Evatt.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Connor Oliver.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Chesterfield. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Marc Richards.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Connor Oliver replaces Brad Walker.

  13. Post update

    Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Marc Richards (Chesterfield).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Michael Duckworth.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe421919464392576
2Rochdale422291164422275
3Chesterfield422014865382774
4Fleetwood422091361481369
5Burton421814104338568
6Southend4216141250381262
7Oxford Utd421614125143862
8York421516114739861
9Plymouth421610164648-258
10Mansfield421414144652-656
11Bury421218125146554
12Dag & Red421315144953-454
13Newport421314155154-353
14Wimbledon421313164348-552
15Cheltenham421216144856-852
16Portsmouth421215154557-1251
17Accrington421214164851-350
18Hartlepool421310194749-249
19Morecambe421213174761-1449
20Exeter421212184854-648
21Bristol Rovers421114173847-947
22Wycombe421113184150-946
23Northampton421113183554-1946
24Torquay42109233760-2339
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