January 1, 2013
Preston pip Pools to pick up points
Preston won their first game in nine league matches as they triumphed 1-0 at Hartlepool.
Not since November 10 had the Lillywhites earned three points, but John Mousinho's goal eased the pressure on manager Graham Westley.
For Pools, who were victorious on Saturday at Sheffield United to end a 22-game winless run, this was their fifth successive home loss and they remain rooted to the foot of the npower League One table.
Antony Sweeney latched onto a Jonathan Franks' throughball after five minutes but fired too close to visiting goalkeeper Steve Simonsen.
Striker Steve Howard was then denied at the far post by a strong Mousinho block in a positive Pools start.
But after 43 minutes they conceded a penalty, captain Peter Hartley fouling Stuart Beavon in the area. Nicky Wroe hit his spot-kick high and firm but keeper Scott Flinders flew across goal to keep it out.
Two minutes later, however, the visitors scored. Jack King's corner was fired deep into the area and Mousinho stole in unmarked to head across Flinders.
Second-half openings for either side were few and far between and the workmanlike visitors saw the game out with a last-gasp scramble when Flinders was twice denied.
|Hartlepool United||Preston North End|
|1 Scott Flinders||23 Steve Simonsen|
|5 Sam Collins||6 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff|
|6 Evan Horwood||16 David Buchanan|
|29 Peter Hartley||27 Luke Foster|
|3 Ritchie Humphreys||26 Bailey Wright|
|15 Antony Sweeney||14 Todd Kane|
|8 Simon Walton||19 John Welsh|
|7 Jonathan Franks||8 Nicky Wroe|
|19 Jordan Richards||21 John Mousinho|
|39 Steve Howard||22 Jack King|
|36 Charlie Wyke||29 Stuart Beavon|
|31 Adam McHugh||Thorsten Stuckmann 1|
|2 Neil Austin||Chris Robertson 5|
|22 Darren Holden||Andrew Procter 18|
|18 Jack Baldwin||Chris Beardsley 20|
|11 Andy Monkhouse||Joel Byrom 13|
|10 James Poole||Anthony Elding 37|
|33 Luke James||Graham Cummins 9|
|Neil Austin for Simon Walton (52)||Chris Robertson for Bailey Wright (35)|
|James Poole for Charlie Wyke (75)||Joel Byrom for David Buchanan (74)|
|Luke James for Jonathan Franks (83)||Andrew Procter for Nicky Wroe (86)|
|Todd Kane (76)|
|John Welsh (78)|
|Stuart Beavon (90)|
|· Squads: Hartlepool United | Preston North End|