Match ends, Burton Albion 3, Hartlepool United 0.
Hartlepool sank deeper into relegation trouble after their sixth-successive defeat at Burton Albion.
The away side should have taken the lead when substitute Marlon Harewood was sent clear, but it was Albion who went in front six minutes later through Billy Kee's six-yard strike.
Jimmy Phillips doubled the hosts' advantage after the break with a curled shot from the edge of the area.
Albion skipper Lee Bell thundered in a 22-yard free-kick to seal Pools' fate.
The result leaves Hartlepool just two points above the relegation zone, while fifth-placed Burton kept alive their hopes of automatic promotion.
Burton manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:
"We actually finished our chances off today. We controlled the game really from the start, I felt. We never really looked in too much trouble in all honesty. I think they possibly had one or two shots on goal in the 90 minutes.
"I just thought we played with real control. We passed the ball well when we needed to, showed some good composure on the ball, and I felt as though our front four were a threat all game - certainly the two strikers. Gary [Alexander] and Billy [Kee] linked well again.
"It was nice to actually come here and put away the chances and we scored more than one goal, which, I don't know whether it was a first, but we haven't had too many this season. It was really pleasing."
- 25Cansdell-SherriffSubstituted forHolnessat 82'minutes
- 8WeirSubstituted forPalmerat 83'minutes
- 29KeeSubstituted forSymesat 86'minutes
- 7FranksSubstituted forBarmbyat 68'minutes
- 33JamesSubstituted forHarewoodat 16'minutes
- 10PooleSubstituted forComptonat 73'minutes
- Michael Bull
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burton Albion 3, Hartlepool United 0.
Attempt saved. Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Foul by Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion).
Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Hand ball by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).
Substitution, Burton Albion. Michael Symes replaces Billy Kee.
Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).
Goal! Burton Albion 3, Hartlepool United 0. Lee Bell (Burton Albion) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).
Substitution, Burton Albion. Matthew Palmer replaces Robbie Weir.
Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Callum McFadzean.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Holness replaces Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.
Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).
Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jack Compton replaces James Poole.