Player ratings and #TerraceTweets from Hartlepool United’s dramatic draw with Newport County

Hartlepool United (2) V Newport County (2).
Hartlepool United (2) V Newport County (2).

HARTLEPOOL United remain bottom of Sky Bet League Two despite a dramatic 2-2 draw at home to Newport County.

Late goals from Brad Walker and Michael Duckworth rescued a deserved point for Pools, who were trailing 2-0 with ten minutes left to play.

SportMail’s Richard Mennear gives his player ratings below while Pools fans were quick to give their views on the performance via social media.

Player Ratings:

Scott Flinders: 6. Couldn’t do anything about the goals, was left stranded by Franks’ awful back pass for the first. Made a couple of decent saves.

Michael Duckworth: 7. Tough first-half for Duckworth, had two men running at him all half. Couldn’t get forward as much as a result but transformed second half. Great goal too and a fine celebration on his 50th appearance.

Sam Collins: 7. Commanding at the back, won all his headers but was at fault for their second as he didn’t deal with long ball forward.

Scott Harrison: 6. Solid display from the Sunderland loanee, won his share of headers and played the ball out from the back. Not afraid to put his head in where it hurts. Booked.

Neil Austin: 6. Struggled second-half with several mis-placed passes when under no pressure. Was booked.

Nicky Featherstone: 7. Full debut for Featherstone. Solid enough in front of the back four, didn’t deviate much from that position and kept things nice and simple.

Brad Walker: 7. Playing on the right-hand side of the diamond formation first half before change of formation. Fantastic finish to get Pools back in the game. His confidence is back.

Michael Woods: 6. Booked for a rash challenge midway through first-half. Not as influential going forward and was subbed.

Jonathan Franks: 6. Looked bright in the opening half hour - his best for a while - and carved out a couple of chances for himself but then handed Newport the lead with an awful back pass. Kept head up though.

Charlie Wyke: 6. Worked hard up top but didn’t take advantage when the ball did fall to him. Linked up well with Harewood in patches but needs to be stronger. Still suffering from illness in fairness.

Marlon Harewood: 6. Hustled and bustled his way through the match but missed a couple of chances to score. No surprise Murray has prioritised a striker.


Sidney Schmeltz: 8. MOM. Looked bright and eager to impress. Attacks with pace and not afraid to shoot at goal. Not fully fit but promising debut that turned the game.


Alan parkinson @poolyal

@RichMennearJP @HPoolMail when are we gonna stop giving teams a 1 or 2 goal start?

Kev Taylor @bigkev8501

@RichMennearJP @Official_HUFC @HPoolMail 2 absolute howlers for their goals. Great fightback last 20 minutes. New signings looked bright!

John Wakeling ?@Poolyblue

@RichMennearJP @HPoolMail A haloween performance as pools came back from the dead to snatch a deserved point!

Peo @hpoolneil

@RichMennearJP @HPoolMail Poor goals given away..again, but the spirit shown in the second half was great..both the new lads were excellent.

Danny Evans @DannyevansDanny

@RichMennearJP @HPoolMail despite two clangers the team showed a great unity but they need to win home games very soon

Tom Clark @TomClark92

@RichMennearJP #TerraceTweets another very poor performance. Papers over the cracks for another week. Nice to see a bit of fight though

James Chapman @james16chapman

@RichMennearJP @HPoolMail #TerraceTweets give two silly goals away again but done well to come back from 2-0 down, deserved the win though

Mark Carroll ‏@MARKCARROLL3

@RichMennearJP After 70 mins it looked the same story, 2 awful goals conceded but smeltz lifted the team to a comeback, we showed character.

Paul Keay ‏@paulkeay

@RichMennearJP #terracetweets With a new striker or 2 and Murray’s two signings carrying on like they played today we can get out of this.