Match ends, Hartlepool United 3, Leyton Orient 1.
Jake Gray's second-half double earned struggling Hartlepool a comeback win over promotion-chasing Leyton Orient.
The O's started strongly and deservedly led when Bradley Pritchard's strike found the bottom corner of the net.
But Pools were level after 20 minutes, Kudus Oyenuga scoring a penalty following Alan Dunne's handball.
The visitors continued to create the better chances, but Gray's long-range shot went in via Dunne to make it 2-1 and another Gray strike sealed victory.
It was on-loan Crystal Palace teenager Gray's first Pools goals in his second appearance and was harsh on Orient, who could have gone fourth with a win.
They dominated the first half with John Marquis going close, while Mathieu Baudry also had a close-range header saved by Pools keeper Trevor Carson after the interval when the score was still 1-1.
But Hartlepool, who remain 18th but are now 10 points clear of the relegation places, finished strongly and took the points thanks to Gray's fortunate first and calm 12-yard effort with five minutes left.
- 21DuckworthSubstituted forHarrisonat 77'minutes
- 11OyenugaSubstituted forOatesat 68'minutes
- 17FenwickSubstituted forFeatherstoneat 82'minutes
- 5DunneSubstituted forTurgottat 86'minutes
- 8JamesBooked at 56mins
- 18PritchardSubstituted forKashketat 75'minutes
- Paul Tierney
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 3, Leyton Orient 1.
Kal Naismith (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient).
Foul by Ollie Palmer (Leyton Orient).
Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.
Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Matthew Bates.
Substitution, Leyton Orient. Blair Turgott replaces Alan Dunne.
Goal! Hartlepool United 3, Leyton Orient 1. Jake Gray (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kal Naismith.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nicky Featherstone replaces Scott Fenwick.
Attempt saved. Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Scott Harrison replaces Michael Duckworth because of an injury.
Substitution, Leyton Orient. Scott Kashket replaces Bradley Pritchard.
Delay in match Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Mikael Mandron (Hartlepool United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.
Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Leyton Orient 1. Jake Gray (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mikael Mandron.
Foul by John Marquis (Leyton Orient).
Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.