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Hartlepool United 4-0 Crewe Alexandra

Lewis Alessandra's double helped Hartlepool move six points clear of the League Two relegation zone with a convincing win over Crewe.

Alessandra's goals were added to by Padraig Amond and Nathan Thomas to ensure third-bottom Pools took the spoils.

Crewe dominated the opening period, only to fall behind on the stroke of half-time as Rhys Oates' cross found its way to Alessandra - whose effort nestled in the corner via defender Ben Nugent.

George Ray and Jordan Bowery spurned chances to level, before Pools grabbed a second through Amond.

The striker, with his back to goal, flicked the ball over the head of Ray, knocked it past onrushing goalkeeper Ben Garratt and poked his 12th league goal of the campaign into an empty net.

Crewe nearly pulled one back immediately as Joe Fryer brilliantly denied Bowery, yet their hopes were soon dashed.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Hartlepool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 42Fryer
  • 35Richardson
  • 8Walker
  • 26Harrison
  • 33Donnelly
  • 14WoodsSubstituted forHawkesat 90+4'minutes
  • 4Featherstone
  • 15Alessandra
  • 11OatesBooked at 88minsSubstituted forHawkinsat 90'minutes
  • 28RooneySubstituted forAmondat 61'minutes
  • 7ThomasBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 9Amond
  • 13Bartlett
  • 18Hawkins
  • 23Smith
  • 29Martin
  • 34Hawkes

Crewe

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 5Ray
  • 6NugentBooked at 86mins
  • 14BakayogoBooked at 69minsSubstituted forNgat 75'minutes
  • 24Cooke
  • 8Jones
  • 18Bingham
  • 11CooperSubstituted forAinleyat 74'minutes
  • 16Bowery
  • 22KiwomyaSubstituted forKirkat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Richards
  • 20Kirk
  • 21Wintle
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley
  • 30Pickering
  • 35Finney
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
3,043

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hartlepool United 4, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 4, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Hawkes replaces Michael Woods.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United).

  5. Post update

    George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Hartlepool United 4, Crewe Alexandra 0. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Rhys Oates.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Nicky Featherstone.

  9. Booking

    Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United).

  11. Post update

    Callum Cooke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum Cooke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  14. Booking

    Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Hartlepool United 3, Crewe Alexandra 0. Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Booking

    Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United).

  20. Post update

    Billy Bingham (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster34208666422468
2Plymouth33195952361662
3Carlisle34151365649758
4Portsmouth33168949301956
5Luton331412749311854
6Exeter341661255381754
7Stevenage34164145651552
8Mansfield34131294338551
9Colchester34148125043750
10Grimsby34138134040047
11Wycombe34138134244-247
12Cambridge33137134340346
13Barnet341113104346-346
14Morecambe33137134248-646
15Blackpool331014949371244
16Crawley33126154152-1142
17Yeovil34913123340-740
18Cheltenham34911143846-838
19Notts County34107173858-2037
20Crewe34812143652-1636
21Accrington32811133646-1035
22Hartlepool34811154358-1535
23Leyton Orient3485213655-1929
24Newport33511173753-1626
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