Hartlepool United 3 Exeter City 1: Match ratings and stats as Pools turn it on

Padraig Amond fires in his brilliant goal.Picture by FRANK REID
Padraig Amond fires in his brilliant goal.Picture by FRANK REID
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MATCH RATINGS

POOLS 4-3-3/4-4-2

Joe Fryer: Made a great save from Reuben Reid in the first half and commanded his box superbly throughout. 7

Liam Donnelly: Preferred to teen ace Kenton Richardson and started on the right but soon moved left. Distribution needs work but played his part in a strong defence. 6

Brad Walker: Running out of superlatives for this fella! Outstanding again defensively and made one great carry-forward in second half. 7

Scott Harrison: Similar plaudits to Brad. Strong, commanding, led from the front, sorry, the back, you know what I mean. 7

Sean Kavanagh: Recalled after two-game absence after recovering from hamstring strain, only to limp off with hammy trouble. 5

Nicky Featherstone: An exquisite range of passing from the skipper and put the yards in in the middle. 7

Michael Woods: Not Woodsy's day this one unfortunately after a great run of form. Subbed just before the hour. 5

Lewis Alessandra: What can you say? Two superbly-taken goals again and bright throughout. 8. MOM

Rhys Oates: Pools Player HD summariser Brian Honour's MoM and not a bad shout from 'Jackie'. Incredible work-rate and powerhouse through middle. 8

Padraig Amond: For the second game in a row, scored the pivotal second goal. Brilliant left-foot finish and had a hand in first too. 7

Nathan Thomas: See Michael Woods. Didn't quite go Nathan's way, but still had an assist for opening goal. Senseless late booking. 5

SUBS

Kenton Richardson (for Kavanagh 29): Left out for the return of Kav, he was soon required. Took up some good positions going forward and terrific in defence, especially an excellent tackle in the last minute in his box. 8

Lewis Hawkins (for Woods 58): Has the unerring knack of being able to come on when his side are losing and lift the tempo. Good display in middle next to Featherstone. 7

Josh Hawkes (for Oates 90): Dave Jones took the chance to allow Oates to get a standing ovation and give the teenager another late taste of the action. N/A

Unused subs: Adam Bartlett, Matthew Bates, Jake Orrell, LouisRooney.

Goals: Alessandra 66, 90; Amond 69

Booked: Thomas 90

Exeter: Olejnik, Stacey, Brown, Moore-Taylor, Woodman (Sweeney 87), Wheeler, James, Taylor (Grant 79), Harley, Reid (McAlinden 65), Watkins

Subs: Henville, Tillson, Hamon, Croll

Goal: Watkins 14

Booked: Moore-Taylor 90

Referee: Rob Lewis. DEcent, kept hisd cards in his pocket until the very end. 6

Attendance 3,775, (away 166)