Match ratings: How did Pools' players rate?

Shaun Batt scores Barnet's winner.
Shaun Batt scores Barnet's winner.

Yet again poor defending and refereeing decisions cost Hartlepool United at Barnet.

The decision from referee Nicholas Kinseley to dismiss Liam Donnelly, having already awarded a penalty was controversial.

In fact, given that the Northern Irishman made a genuine attempt to play the ball made it downright wrong.

Ultimately, on the decision the game turned.

But how did the Pools' players rate in the 3-2 loss? Here we take a look.

Pools starting XI

Trevor Carson - Barely put a foot wrong, but picked the ball out of the net three times. one outstanding stop in the opening 45... 7

Liam Donnelly - Was given a red card in the second period which changed the whole game around. To that point he was decent... 6

Toto Nsiala - Not one of his better games. Frustratingly gave the ball away in the first half. Got better in second... 5

Scott Harrison - Headed one off the line and was generally solid enough... 6

Jake Carroll - Was barely troubled defensively, early on. Even looked a threat going forward... 7

Nicky Featherstone (c) - For 45 minutes the midfielder had the run of the park. That all changed the longer the game went on, though... 6

Lewis Hawkins - The midfielder was excellent for around an hour. Probably Pools' stand out performer on the day... 7

Josh Laurent - Full of energy early on. Lively throughout, in fact. Chances to impact in and around the area were limited, though... 6

Lewis Alessandra - Linked up well with Amond and Thomas. Excellent one-two for the opener... 7

Padraig Amond - Put his off day in front of goal last week behind him. Worked his socks off... 7

Nathan Thomas - His departure was one of the main reasons things went pear-shaped. Pools will hope his injury is not too bad... 8

Jordan Richards (Nathan Thomas 74) 6

Nicky Deverdics (Lewis Hawkins 87, 6) 6

Subs not used: Adam Bartlett, James Martin, Michael Woods, Jake Orrell, Billy Paynter.

Yellow: Carson, Featherstone, Harrison

Red: Donnelly

Goal(s): Thomas 31, Amond 53

Barnet: Josh Vickers 7, Mauro Vilhete 7, Bondz N'Gala 6, Michael Nelson (c) 6, Bira Dembele 6, Nana Kyei 6 (Curtis Weston 38, 6), Tom Champion 5, Harry Taylor 5 (Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 61, 6), Luke Gambin 8, Ben Tomlinson 5 (Shaun Batt 54, 7), John Akinde 7.

Subs no used: Jamie Stephens, Alie Sesay, Sam Muggleton, Alex Nicholls.

Yellow: Akinde, Dembele

Red: none

Goal(s): Akinde PEN 68, Gambin 75, Batt 78

Att: 1,690