Hartlepool United will have come away from Exeter City wondering how they left empty-handed.
There was plenty of good attacking play and the defence was much stronger. Here are the player ratings:
Adam Bartlett: Unlucky to finish on losing side. Had less to do than of late but a good game with a cracking save or two. 6
Brad Halliday: Canny debut for on-loan signing. Got forward well and no slouch. Very positive. 6
Scott Harrison: Solid at back and had one shot blocked as he tried for his second goal of the season. 6
Andrew Boyce: Preferred to Harry Worley and, like Harrison, was strong at the back against a good home side. 6
Dan Jones: Gave away the ball a couple of times in dodgy places in the first half, but good display and tremendous second-half tackle to deny Clinton Morrison. 6
Matthew Bates: Took on the Carl Magnay role and took it on with distinction. Got forward well too. 6
Nicky Featherstone: Was handed the skipper’s armband and, as ever, looked good in both halves of the field. Got into a lot of advancedd positions and won pen. 7
Michael Woods: Booked and getting close to a ban, but some incisive work in and around the opposition box. 7
Rhys Oates: A couple of bad crosses to start with but then had a great game going forward, involved in almost all the good away play. Should have scored. 8
Rakish Bingham: Will be kicking himself not to have scored from the spot. Otherwise a good game. 6
Jake Carroll: Still struggling with his set-piece/ final ball, but made his contribution elsewhere.
Sub: Scott Fenwick (for Bingham 78): N/A
Exeter City: Olejnik, Ribeiro, Tillson, Brown, McAllister, Nicholls (Holmes 66), Oakley (Grant 74), Noble, Harley, Wheeler, Nichols (Morrison 61).
Unused subs: Pym, Woodman, Oyeleke, McCready
Goal: Ribeiro 90
Pools: Bartlett, Halliday, Harrison, Boyce, Jones, Bates, Featherstone (capt), Woods, Oates, Bingham (Fenwick 78), Carroll.
Unused subs: Denton, Worley, Walker, Hawkins, Smith, Oyenuga, Fenwick
Booked: Woods 63
Referee: Andy Woolmer
Attendance: 3,135 (Pools 72)