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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 2,552) 25th September 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Shoebridge

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Walsall Walsall

Hartlepool 2

A Sweeney (43)
A Monkhouse (56)

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Walsall 1

J Gray (9)

Monkhouse earns Pools points

Last Updated: 25/09/10 6:45pm

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Monkhouse: Netted the winner

Monkhouse: Netted the winner

Andy Monkhouse earned Hartlepool United a first home win of the season after a 2-1 victory over Walsall on Saturday.

Monkhouse headed in after 56 minutes to engineer victory at the fourth time of asking, but for the Saddlers the misery continues after their sixth game without a win.

Yet the visitors took the lead after nine minutes when a bout of head tennis inside the home penalty area led to Julian Gray steering a volley past keeper Jake Kean.

Antony Sweeney levelled on 44 minutes though, when his angled overhead kick went over goalkeeper Jon Brain into the far corner.

Monkhouse's goal, a free header from an Evan Horwood free-kick put Pools in front after the break and the left-winger had another chance from a similar position soon after, but nodded over.

The Saddlers' twice went close to a late leveller. First after 86 minutes, Kean saved low to keep out a drive from Reuben Reid, before he raced off his line to smother the striker when he was in on goal.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 34 73
2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30