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Liam Kennedy’s player ratings: Scott Loach shows his ‘world class’ ability as Hartlepool lose at Salford

How did Matthew Bates' men rate against Salford?
How did Matthew Bates' men rate against Salford?

Hartlepool United suffered a rare away defeat at Salford City - but who stood out for Pools on a difficult evening?

Three goals in a ten-minute spell handed Pools’ hosts a 3-0 victory in what was a first defeat away from home since March for Matthew Bates’ men.

And while the result brought their nine-game unbeaten run to an end, there were plenty of positive performances to take from the clash.

Our Hartlepool United reporter Liam Kennedy has dished out his player ratings, and there’s some real praise for Scott Loach among several others.

Click the link above and flick through our gallery to see who shone - and struggled - for Pools.