Liam Kennedy's player ratings: How Hartlepool players rated in Gateshead defeat - with THREE standout performers

Hartlepool United fell to defeat at Gateshead on Boxing Day - but how did the players perform?

Wednesday, 26th December 2018, 17:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 20:55 pm
Liam Noble was one of Pools' standout performers at Gateshead

A first-half brace from Luke Armstrong put the Heed in command, with a Liam Noble penalty reducing the deficit late on. Noble, who missed a second penalty as Pools looked to equalise, earned a positive mark from our writer Liam Kennedy - put several others fared less favourably. Scroll down and click through the pages to see who shone - and struggled - at the International Stadium:

Keeper will feel like he could have done better for Gateshead's first goal... 5
Was at fault for the second goal. Some hesitant defending proved costly... 4
Has not had the impact many expected since returning to the team... 5

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Looked much better in the centre than on the right, on a bad day for Pools defensively... 5
Gave his all. Got forward at every attempt but with little end product... 6
Asked to do a bit of an impossible job. Did not look suited at all to a midfield role... 4
Totally ineffective on the right-hand side. Later moved to the middle, where he looked more comfortable... 5
Was one of the catalysts for change in the second period. Got goal number 11 of the season as a reward, missed the chance to make it 2-2, though... 7
Only got 50 minutes on his first game of the season for Pools, did little wrong but very little to impress either... 5
The main threat all day. His talents in creating opportunities for others, or mostly himself, are wasted in this side at present... 7
Some clever touches in the first period, also hit the bar, but faded in the second... 6
(for Hawkins 50) A brilliant 40-minute cameo off the bench. Won the penalty that almost sparked a comeback... 7
(for Newton 81) ...N/A