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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,509) 26th February 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Drysdale

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

Hartlepool 3

C Wyke (27)
J Franks (40)
A Monkhouse (90+2)

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Crewe 0

Pools in seventh heaven

Last Updated: 26/02/13 10:53pm

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Andy Monkhouse: Sealed the deal

Andy Monkhouse: Sealed the deal

Hartlepool made it seven league games without defeat as they easily saw off Crewe 3-0 to keep their survival hopes alive.

Pool have moved off the bottom during an unbeaten February and now lie six points adrift of safety following a third win a row.

They were never troubled against the Alex and dominated proceedings.

Visiting goalkeeper Steve Phillips - fortunate to be on the pitch after making a save outside his penalty area - put up a one-man show of defiance for most of the game.

But he was beaten after 27 minutes. Jon Franks crossed deep and Jack Baldwin's far post header was turned in from close range by on-loan Middlesbrough striker Charlie Wyke.

Alex had already beaten Pools twice this season in the league and cup, but they were never in this one.

Pools made it two-nil after 39 minutes when James Poole fed Franks and the latter squirmed through three challenges to fire low across Phillips.

The goalkeeper made fine second-half saves from Wyke, Poole and Evan Horwood and was beaten in the 90th minute when substitute Andy Monkhouse smashed the ball home after Phillips had made two stops in quick succession to deny Wyke.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24