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Hartlepool United 0-2 Exeter City

Exeter made it three League Two wins in a row with a hard-fought victory over Hartlepool in a game of few chances.

Alex Nicholls opened the scoring when he met Lee Holmes' cross and his header beat goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

Hartlepool's Nathan Thomas missed a good chance, pushing a low shot wide after a surge into the penalty area.

The Grecians doubled their lead late on with swift counter-attack seeing Nicholls cross for Joel Grant to sweep in off the underside of the crossbar.

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Carson
  • 19Richards
  • 5HarrisonBooked at 79mins
  • 26Jackson
  • 3Carroll
  • 30Gray
  • 14WoodsSubstituted forPaynterat 65'minutes
  • 18Hawkins
  • 16FeatherstoneSubstituted forMagnayat 65'minutes
  • 15OatesSubstituted forThomasat 33'minutes
  • 9Bingham

Substitutes

  • 2Magnay
  • 7Thomas
  • 8Walker
  • 10Paynter
  • 13Bartlett
  • 17Fenwick
  • 20Jones

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 23McCready
  • 39Brown
  • 6Ribeiro
  • 5McAllister
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forDaviesat 60'minutes
  • 26Tillson
  • 14NichollsSubstituted forReidat 90+3'minutes
  • 8Oakley
  • 31GrantSubstituted forTaylorat 86'minutes
  • 33Stockley

Substitutes

  • 2Butterfield
  • 11Davies
  • 18Reid
  • 21Hamon
  • 22Wheeler
  • 29Watkins
  • 38Taylor
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
3,678

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Exeter City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Exeter City 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jamie Reid replaces Alex Nicholls.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

Attempt saved. Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Jayden Stockley.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jake Taylor replaces Joel Grant.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Exeter City 2. Joel Grant (Exeter City) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Nicholls.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

Attempt saved. Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Troy Brown.

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

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Booking

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).

Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rakish Bingham (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Tom McCready (Exeter City).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Adam Jackson.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Billy Paynter replaces Michael Woods.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Carl Magnay replaces Nicky Featherstone.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Tom McCready.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Arron Davies replaces Lee Holmes.

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Jordan Richards (Hartlepool United).

Troy Brown (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom McCready (Exeter City).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.

Attempt missed. Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

Second Half

Second Half begins Hartlepool United 0, Exeter City 1.

goal

As It Stood

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1Northampton27184549311858
2Plymouth29175743261756
3Oxford Utd27149442231951
4Bristol Rovers291451039291047
5Accrington25136643291445
6Portsmouth261111444232144
7Mansfield2912893931844
8Wycombe2712783327643
9Leyton Orient29111084541443
10Wimbledon2811984235742
11Cambridge29118104341241
12Exeter28117103940-140
13Carlisle2510964340339
14Notts County27106114046-636
15Morecambe28105134850-235
16Luton2897124040034
17Crawley29104153448-1434
18Barnet2896133644-833
19Stevenage29610133852-1428
20Newport2869133243-1127
21Hartlepool2573152341-1824
22Yeovil2858152943-1423
23Dag & Red2748152949-2020
24York2748152950-2120
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