Hartlepool fight back for great point at Crewe

Hartlepool United came from behind to snatch a dramatic point at Crewe Alexandra while keeping their unbeaten league record intact, with a 3-3 draw.

Tuesday, 16th August 2016, 8:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th August 2016, 9:49 pm
Nathan Thomas in action for Pools at Crewe tonight

A brace from Carl Magnay coupled with Padraig Amond’s first goal for the club saw Pools recover having been behind twice.

The visitors fell behind to Chris Dagnall’s close-range finish just after the half hour, before levelling through Magnay’s fine curling effort from 25 yards minutes before the break.

Crewe retook the lead on the stroke of half-time as Alex Kiwomya side-footed home from 12 yards before seeing their lead extended as George Cooper’s cross found the back of the net on 56 minutes.

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But just as it looked as if it looked as if Pools were down and out, they were given a lifeline as Amond stabbed home from close range with 73 minutes on the clock.

And a leveller came only three minutes later as Magnay stooped low at the far post to head home Nathan Thomas’ teasing free-kick.

Craig Hignett’s side were then able to withstand some late pressure from the Railwaymen and secure a hard-fought point away from home.

Pools: Carson; Magnay, Bates, Nsiala, Carroll; Alessandra, Deverdics (Woods 57), Featherstone (Laurent 90), Thomas; Paynter, Amond. Subs Not Used: Bartlett, Oates, Hawkins, Richards, Harrison

Goals: Magnay (42, 76), Amond (73)

Bookings: None

Crewe: Garratt; Turton, Guthrie, Davis, Bakayogo; Cooper (Kirk 76), Jones, Bingham, Kiwomya; Lowe, Dagnall. Subs Not Used: Richards, Ray, Nugent, Sanders, Udoh, Ainley

Goals: Dagnall (31), Kiwomya (45), Cooper (57)

Bookings: Guthrie (90+1)

Attendance: 3,482 (195 away)