February 26, 2013
Pools in seventh heaven
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.
|Hartlepool United||Crewe Alexandra|
|1 Scott Flinders||1 Steve Phillips|
|5 Sam Collins||15 Gregor Robertson|
|2 Neil Austin||6 Adam Dugdale|
|6 Evan Horwood||5 Mark Ellis|
|29 Peter Hartley||19 Abdul Osman|
|18 Jack Baldwin||8 Luke Murphy|
|3 Ritchie Humphreys||31 Bradden Inman|
|8 Simon Walton||14 Kelvin Mellor|
|7 Jonathan Franks||26 Chuks Aneke|
|10 James Poole||11 Byron Moore|
|36 Charlie Wyke||10 Ajay Leitch-Smith|
|31 Adam McHugh||Alan Martin 13|
|22 Darren Holden||Matt Tootle 2|
|11 Andy Monkhouse||Harry Davis 3|
|14 Nathan Luscombe||Oliver Turton 12|
|17 Greg Rutherford||Ryan Colclough 27|
|35 Steve Howard||Mathias Pogba 9|
|33 Luke James||Max Clayton 7|
|Andy Monkhouse for Simon Walton (28)||Mathias Pogba for Bradden Inman (50)|
|Nathan Luscombe for James Poole (82)||Max Clayton for Chuks Aneke (72)|
|Ryan Colclough for Ajay Leitch-Smith (80)|
|James Poole (45)|
|· Squads: Hartlepool United | Crewe Alexandra|