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County Ground (ATT 7,096) 17th October 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: T Kettle

Swindon Swindon Town vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

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Hartlepool 2

J Brown (2)
A Monkhouse (30)

Pools end Robins run

Brown & Monkhouse upset Swindon

Last Updated: 17/10/09 7:13pm

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Brown: Opener

Brown: Opener

First-half goals by James Brown and Andy Monkhouse earned Hartlepool a surprise 2-0 win over Swindon, ending an 11-match unbeaten since the opening day of the season.

It was an ultimately comfortable victory by mid-table Hartlepool who thoroughly deserved victory, their two goals coming in the opening half hour.

Brown provided Hartlepool with a near-perfect start thanks to his second-minute header from a floated cross by Adam Boyd, forcing Swindon to chase the game. With the cushion of an early goal, Hartlepool were able to boss affairs, and it came as no surprise when Swindon old boy Monkhouse doubled their lead with a 29th-minute goal.

Brown slipped a low cross in from the right and Monkhouse, in acres of space, drilled an unchallenged shot into the bottom corner.

Swindon struggled to get any rhythm and, despite manager Danny Wilson introducing all three substitutes after the break, the Wiltshire side offered little threat.

Hartlepool's defence had a relatively stress-free afternoon, apart from one header by Tope Obadeyi which hit a defender, and goalkeeper Scott Flinders had to save on the line as Hartlepool held on with some comfort.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16

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