Match ends, Notts County 1, Hartlepool United 0.
Jon Stead grabbed the only goal as Notts County beat Hartlepool United to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since September and end any lingering relegation fears.
Stead scored the winner with his right foot from Elliott Hewitt's cross after a Liam Noble through-ball.
Pools made an enterprising start but struggled to create chances despite plenty of promising situations.
And Stead's 13th goal of the season after the break settled the match.
Noble went close to adding to the lead as the hosts continued to have the upper hand and they were able to see out the game to ensure they move level on points with Hartlepool.
- 16NobleSubstituted forAmevorat 90+2'minutes
- 33Opoku AborahBooked at 6mins
- 23ValencicSubstituted forCampbellat 71'minutes
- 30SteadSubstituted forGibsonat 81'minutes
- 2MagnayBooked at 44mins
- 18HawkinsBooked at 70mins
- 15OatesSubstituted forBinghamat 83'minutes
- 30GraySubstituted forWalkerat 83'minutes
- Darren England
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Notts County 1, Hartlepool United 0.
Attempt missed. Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.
Substitution, Notts County. Mawouna Kodjo Amevor replaces Liam Noble.
Foul by Liam Noble (Notts County).
Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Wesley Atkinson (Notts County).
Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Stanley Aborah (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Rakish Bingham replaces Rhys Oates.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Brad Walker replaces Jake Gray.
Hand ball by Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United).
Substitution, Notts County. Montel Gibson replaces Jon Stead.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Lewis Hawkins.
Attempt blocked. Thierry Audel (Notts County) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Adam Jackson.