Crystal Palace 2-0 Hartlepool United RECAP: Pools bow out of the FA Cup after spirited second half at Selhurst Park

Hartlepool United bow out of the FA Cup after defeat at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. (Credit: Federico Maranesi | MI News)Hartlepool United bow out of the FA Cup after defeat at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. (Credit: Federico Maranesi | MI News)
Hartlepool United bow out of the FA Cup after defeat at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. (Credit: Federico Maranesi | MI News)
Hartlepool United’s FA Cup fairytale is over after they were beaten by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Graeme Lee’s side have claimed a number of giant killings this season but finally met their match up against Patrick Vieira’s Eagles.

Marc Guehi opened the scoring inside four minutes to hand Pools the worst possible start before Michael Olise doubled the lead midway through the first half.

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In truth it was one way traffic in the opening 45 minutes with Lee’s side unable to recover from that early setback as Guehi cushioned home Olise’s freekick from the right.

Hartlepool United take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round at Selhurst Park. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)Hartlepool United take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round at Selhurst Park. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Hartlepool United take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round at Selhurst Park. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Pools looked around for an offside flag which never came as the Eagles dominated the early stages with Olise and Eberechi Eze causing problems from the off.

And it was Olise who doubled the lead in the 22nd minute when he latched onto Conor Gallagher’s clever pass from Ben Killip’s short clearance.

Olise still had plenty to do in order to beat Timi Odusina before placing beyond Killip at the near post.

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The closest Pools came to an equaliser in the first half was on the stroke of half-time as Omar Bogle was able to turn and strike at goal from the edge of the area but his effort lacked the conviction to trouble Jack Butland.

The Eagles began the second-half in a similar manner as Jean-Philippe Mateta hit the post from Olise’s cross before Eze fired the rebound over.

Olise was denied twice in quick succession by Killip before Mateta was next to be thwarted.

There was a stoppage in play early in the second-half as referee Peter Bankes was alerted to an emergency among the Hartlepool supporters.

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Play was stopped for around seven minutes as medical crew succesfully attended to an incident.

Lee altered his system midway through the second-half and it galvanised Pools somewhat as they threatened the final third more.

Debutant Bryn Morris tested Butland from range before Jamie Sterry saw his effort go narrowly wide.

Vieira brought on Palace’s big hitters, Odsonne Edouard and Christian Benteke late in the game as Pools tired but Lee’s side were able to keep some respect on the scoreline as they bow out of the competition.

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Crystal Palace 2-0 Hartlepool United RECAP: Pools exit the FA Cup after a first half double from Premier League Palace.

Key Events

  • Michael Olise doubles the home side’s lead
  • Marc Guehi gives Crystal Palace the lead
  • Hartlepool United XI: Killip, Sterry, Byrne, Liddle ©, Odusina, Ferguson, Morris, Shelton, Crawford, Bogle, Molyneux
  • Subs: Boyes, Ogle, Smith, Holohan, White, Fletcher, Grey, Cullen, Olomola
  • Crystal Palace XI: Butland, Ward, Kelly, Guehi, Mitchell, Milivojevic ©, Schlupp, Gallagher, Olise, Mateta, Eze
  • Subs: Guaita, Andersen, Clyne, Adaramola, Hughes, Ayew, Rak-Sakyi, Edouard, Benteke

Thank you for joining us this afternoon as Hartlepool United’s FA Cup journey comes to an end.

It’s been a superb run for Graeme Lee’s side with some special moments throughout.

But focus now quickly shifts back to League Two as Pools welcome Barrow to the Suit Direct Stadium on Tuesday night.

And we’ll be there to guide you through every kick in our live blog at the Hartlepool Mail.

Hartlepool United manager Graeme Lee admits he is proud despite their FA Cup defeat at Selhurst Park.

Pools were beaten 2-0 by the Premier League side thanks to goals from Marc Guehi and Michael Olise but were spirited in their efforts, particularly in the second half.

It’s been a memorable journey for Lee and Pools who got to share a special moment with supporters on the field at the end of the game.

“The cup runs have been fantastic but those moments [are special],” said Lee.

“My family were in the second or third row up. I could see them singing and enjoying the moment and they’re special moments.

“We want more of that and want to give the fans more of that. That’s what our focus is on the league now.”

Mark Fletcher | MI News & Sport

It’s all over at Selhurst Park as Hartlepool bow out of the FA Cup.

It’s been a remarkable run for Pools but they have come up against a good side in Crystal Palace, and it is they who will move into the fifth round

Killip with another good save to deny Edouard

Brilliant block from Sterry to deny Hughes almost on the line

There will be eight minutes of added time

Gallagher goes close for Palace. He tries to find the far corner but it takes a nick off Byrne and goes wide

87 - SAVE BY KILLIP

Killip gets down low to his right to deny Olise again. They have had quite the battle with each other this half

Adaramola replaces Ward