League Two
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Hartlepool United 1-0 Northampton Town

Marvin Morgan
Marvin Morgan's goal was his third of the season - the previous two came for Plymouth

Marvin Morgan scored on his Hartlepool home debut to give League Two's bottom side a narrow victory over Northampton.

After a scrappy first half, the away side had the first real opening but Ricky Holmes was denied by keeper Scott Flinders when through on goal.

Soon after, Pools led when Morgan latched on to a loose Lee Collins back-pass and calmly slotted in.

Northampton pressed but Flinders made a marvellous save from Ryan Cresswell's header in the dying moments.

Jack Compton and Marlon Harewood had earlier come close to a second for the hosts, who have now won three straight home games.

Meanwhile, Chris Wilder's visitors had their five-game winning run in League Two ended at Victoria Park.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Wilder on Hartlepool v Northampton

"We always knew it was going to be a test. We started the second half on the front foot and we've just gifted them a goal.

"We've lifted their staff, their supporters and their players by a mistake. We just needed to play it forward.

"For me it was always going to be decided by one goal and unfortunately for us we've not got that goal."

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 21Duckworth
  • 26Harrison
  • 29Mirfin
  • 2Austin
  • 7FranksSubstituted forJonesat 78'minutes
  • 14Woods
  • 31Tshibola
  • 11ComptonSubstituted forSmithat 89'minutes
  • 9Harewood
  • 30MorganSubstituted forFeatherstoneat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Holden
  • 8Walker
  • 13Maxted
  • 16Featherstone
  • 19Richards
  • 20Jones
  • 23Smith

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2Moloney
  • 36CresswellBooked at 78mins
  • 6Collins
  • 3HorwoodBooked at 45mins
  • 19D'AthSubstituted forToneyat 57'minutes
  • 21Taylor
  • 25ByromBooked at 63mins
  • 26HolmesSubstituted forTozerat 57'minutes
  • 10O'TooleSubstituted forHackettat 75'minutes
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 4Carter
  • 7Bodin
  • 11Hackett
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 24Toney
  • 33Newey
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
2,856

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home5
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Northampton Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Northampton Town 0.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nicky Featherstone.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

Attempt saved. Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Connor Smith (Hartlepool United).

Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Neil Austin (Hartlepool United).

Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Connor Smith replaces Jack Compton.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by David Mirfin.

Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nicky Featherstone replaces Marvin Morgan.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Dan Jones replaces Jonathan Franks.

Booking

Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Michael Woods (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town).

Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Hackett replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Michael Duckworth.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Matt Duke.

Attempt saved. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Marvin Morgan (Hartlepool United).

Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

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

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury30177643202358
2Burton30177641271458
3Wycombe301511441231856
4Southend3015963324954
5Luton291410536231352
6Newport3013893736147
7Plymouth301371035221346
8Bury30137104034646
9Exeter311110104244-243
10Stevenage30126123938142
11Wimbledon29118104038241
12Morecambe30118113129241
13Northampton30124144741640
14Cambridge29107124436837
15Accrington29113153749-1236
16Portsmouth29810112933-434
17Oxford Utd30810123338-534
18Dag & Red3097143239-734
19Carlisle30103173852-1433
20Tranmere29710123035-531
21Mansfield2987142437-1331
22Cheltenham3079142645-1930
23York30514112937-829
24Hartlepool3066182350-2724
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