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Hartlepool United 1-1 Crawley Town

James Collins' late penalty denied Hartlepool their first League Two home win of the season as Crawley earned a draw at the Northern Gas & Power Stadium.

Collins thundered home his spot-kick with 16 minutes remaining to ensure the spoils were shared after Lewis Alessandra's first goal for the club put Pools ahead.

Hartlepool did not look like a side with such a poor home record in the opening exchanges, taking the lead in the 12th minute.

Having been hauled over by Andre Blackman, Nathan Thomas failed to make it seven goals in as many games from the spot - yet Alessandra was on hand to head home the rebound.

Crawley were unfortunate not to level immediately as Enzio Boldewijn and Jimmy Smith rattled the woodwork in quick succession.

The Red Devils took control thereafter and equalised in the 74th minute, Collins netting having been pushed to the floor by Jake Carroll.

And Crawley were only denied a last-ditch winner by some brilliance from Hartlepool defender Scott Harrison, who somehow stopped Collins from tapping into an empty net after Billy Clifford's curler hit the crossbar.

Reports supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 13Bartlett
  • 19Richards
  • 22Nsiala
  • 26HarrisonBooked at 74mins
  • 3CarrollBooked at 73mins
  • 28Laurent
  • 17DeverdicsSubstituted forGreenat 31'minutesSubstituted forPaynterat 82'minutes
  • 18Hawkins
  • 15Alessandra
  • 9AmondSubstituted forHeardmanat 90+1'minutes
  • 7Thomas

Substitutes

  • 10Paynter
  • 16Pollock
  • 20Orrell
  • 24Green
  • 29Martin
  • 31Dudzinski
  • 34Heardman

Crawley

  • 12Morris
  • 2Young
  • 6Connolly
  • 22McNerney
  • 14BlackmanBooked at 54minsSubstituted forArthurat 57'minutes
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 8Smith
  • 18CliffordBooked at 77mins
  • 24Djaló
  • 10BantonSubstituted forBawlingat 57'minutes
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 3Arthur
  • 5Davey
  • 13Mersin
  • 17Bawling
  • 20Tajbakhsh
  • 23Pappoe
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
3,693

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Crawley Town 1.

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

Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United).

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Tom Heardman replaces Padraig Amond.

Billy Clifford (Crawley Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United).

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Aristote Nsiala (Hartlepool United) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Foul by Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United).

Kaby (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Billy Paynter replaces Kieran Green.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

Josh Laurent (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town).

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

Booking

Billy Clifford (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Billy Clifford (Crawley Town).

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

Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Crawley Town 1. James Collins (Crawley Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Crawley Town. James Collins draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town).

Foul by Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United).

Chris Arthur (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth129121991028
2Doncaster127232516923
3Carlisle125701911822
4Portsmouth126241912720
5Luton125432113819
6Crawley125431414019
7Crewe124621616018
8Notts County115241817117
9Mansfield124531211117
10Grimsby125251717017
11Accrington124441616016
12Colchester124441616016
13Hartlepool123721819-116
14Morecambe115151621-516
15Blackpool123541613314
16Wycombe124261316-314
17Cambridge123451116-513
18Yeovil124171219-713
19Barnet112631215-312
20Leyton Orient123361215-312
21Stevenage113261519-411
22Cheltenham121741316-310
23Exeter12318816-810
24Newport101451015-57
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