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

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

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

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


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