Magpies class above sorry Pools
Last Updated: August 21, 2012 11:32pm
Zoko: Mobbed by his team-mates after scoring for County
Notts County maintained their 100 per cent start to the League One season with a well-deserved 2-0 victory over Hartlepool on Tuesday.
A torrential thunderstorm before kick-off and throughout the opening exchanges meant quality football was virtually impossible in the first half as both teams struggled to pass the ball on a saturated Meadow Lane pitch.
However the first chance of note was taken by the home side after 17 minutes when Alan Sheehan's curling cross was headed home by Francois Zoko.
The Magpies could have scored again after 34 minutes when Andre Boucard played through Lee Hughes but his first time shot was gathered at the second attempt by Hartlepool goalkeeper Scott Flinders.
Pools' only real threat in a disjointed performance came with 58 minutes on the clock as Steve Howard headed a Jonathan Franks cross wide when well placed.
County made the points safe after 86 minutes when a Julian Kelly cross was cushioned by Hughes into the path of Neal Bishop and he fired home to cement a comfortable victory.
npower League 1
Tue 21st Aug
Bournemth1 - 1MK Dons
Brentford1 - 3Yeovil
Coventry1 - 1Sheff Utd
Doncaster2 - 1Bury
Leyton Or0 - 1Stevenage
Notts Co2 - 0Hartlepool
Oldham1 - 1Walsall
Scunthorpe1 - 2Crewe
Shrewsbury1 - 0Preston
Swindon3 - 0Crawley
Carlisle0 - 3Tranmere
Colchester2 - 2Portsmouth
npower League 1
|8||Milton Keynes Dons||46||70|
|14||Preston North End||46||59|