Notts County 1 Hartlepool 0: Who was man of the match at Meadow Lane?

Hartlepool United couldn't build on their five-star performance at Morecambe as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Notts County.

Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 9:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 9:07 pm

Jon Stead got the only goal of the game, but who impressed for Pools?

Roy Kelly gives his verdict with his man of the match ratings.

Trevor Carson: Two brilliant saves from Atkinson and McLeod but otherwise not unduly extended. 6

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Carl Magnay: Needless booking for show of dissent but skipper good at the back and got forward where possible. 6

Adam Jackson: A couple of silly fouls on McLeod aside, a customary very strong showing. 6

Rob Jones: Contained Notts County’s powerful striker Stead very well in their personal battles. 6

Michael Duckworth: Successful comeback after a four-month absence. Looked comfortable on his ‘wrong side’ at left-back. 6

Nicky Featherstone: Quality personified again in the middle but should have had shot after a neat interchange with Jake Gray. 7

Michael Woods: Brilliant first-half run from deep deserved a goal but was denied by great Hollis tackle. At heart of Pools best work. 7

Lewis Hawkins: Linked excellently with Featherstone, Woods and Oates. Another good display, unlucky not to score in second half after super Loach save. 6

Jake Gray: Looked good at times on the right of James but no end product. Subbed late on. 6

Luke James: Tremendous shift up front as the lone striker but only had two shots. 6

Rhys Oates: Took over from the ill Thomas, some good stuff down the left but couple of times let self down with final delivery. 6

Subs

Rakish Bingham (for Oates 83) N/A

Brad Walker (for Gray 83) N/A

Unused Subs: Bartlett, D Jones, Richards, Laurent, Smith

Booked: Magnay 44, Hawkins 70

Notts County: Loach, Hewitt, Hollis, Edwards, Audel, Atkinson, Noble (Amevor 90), Aborah, Valencic (Campbell 71), Mcleod, Stead (Gibson 81).

Unused Subs: Carroll, Murray, Snijders, Sarpong

Goal: Stead 55

Booked: Aborah 6

Referee: Darren England

Att: 3,597