Hartlepool United v Bristol Rovers PLAYER RATINGS: How Pools were rated in defeat at the Memorial Stadium
Graeme Lee’s side enjoyed positive spells for large parts of the game against a Rovers side making their first League Two outing since mid-December.
Marcus Carver was handed his Pools debut and came close to opening the scoring in the first half before substitute Mark Cullen looked certain to give Pools the lead only to be denied by a wonderful save from man of the match James Belshaw.
And it was a save which would ultimately cost Pools the points as two late goals ensured they would leave the South West empty handed.
Aaron Collins capitalised on a loose ball in the area three minutes from time before Anthony Evans fired in a beautiful freekick to double the Gas’ lead after Jamie Sterry was shown a straight red card for a tangle with Evans.
Despite defeat, Pools showed promising signs and here is how they were rated.