Home comforts at last for Pools
Last Updated: 02/02/13 6:43pm
Peter Hartley: Bagged the winning goal
Hartlepool recorded back-to-back victories for the first time in 17 months with a battling 2-1 home victory over Notts County.
Not since September 2011 have Pools taken six points from successive league matches and while they remain bottom of the table, they won for the first time in the league at home since September last year and are finally showing some fight.
John Hughes' side took a swift lead when Jon Franks' cross was met by James Poole eight yards out and a delicate first touch set himself up to volley in from close range.
County had two chances to level, denied both times by stout defending in the 36th minute. First Peter Hartley stood firm to block a goalbound Jamal Campbell-Ryce shot and, from the subsequent corner, Yoann Arquin's header was hacked off the goalline by Neil Austin.
Campell-Ryce did breakthrough in the 53rd minute, scoring a fine individual effort as he skipped across the defence on the right side to shoot low past Scott Flinders.
County were on top, but Pools responded with the winner.
Evan Horwood's free-kick into the penalty area was scrambled in from close range by skipper Peter Hartley.
Flinders denied Arquin a second equaliser when he stopped a tame header from close range, but Pools deserved their win.
Sky Bet League 1
Sat 2nd Feb
Bury2 - 0Doncaster
Crewe1 - 0Scunthorpe
Hartlepool2 - 1Notts Co
MK Dons0 - 3Bournemth
Portsmouth2 - 3Colchester
Preston1 - 2Shrewsbury
Stevenage0 - 1Leyton Or
Tranmere0 - 1Carlisle
Walsall3 - 1Oldham
Yeovil3 - 0Brentford
Crawley1 - 1Swindon
Sky Bet League 1
|2||Milton Keynes Dons||8||16|
|8||Preston North End||8||13|