Roy Kelly’s Hartlepool United v Accrington Stanley player verdicts

CANNY GAME: Andy Monkhouse in action against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID
CANNY GAME: Andy Monkhouse in action against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID

HERE are the Hartlepool United player verdicts from Monday’s Hartlepool Mail

Flinders 6: Little to do but earned his wages at the death with a strong claw clear with his fists and a great scramble at his near post

Duckworth 6: Mr Steady down the right

Baldwin 6: Given the ineffectiveness of the Stanley attack, he was not overworked but was busier after his move into midfield

Burgess 6: Will be disappointed with the Accrington goal but otherwise was flawless and used the ball well and confidently when further up the park

Austin 6: Aside from one rash challenge, did not put a foot wrong. Was brave and led from the front

Franks 7: Could easily have had a hat-trick but his goal was expertly finished and was a livewire down the right

Walton 5: Voluable dissent from some fans surely cannot help an individual? Was sloppy with a lot of ball but early in the second half rattled off a series of passes to show that, in spurts, he can play

Dolan 6: Always tried to play it on the floor and had a hand in the Monkhouse goal and set one up on a plate for Compton in the second half with great ball

Compton 6: More promise from the wide player. Saw plenty of ball, should have scored one himself and teed up Franks who was denied by keeper

James 6: Came within a whisker of a goal and his alliance with Monkhouse should be perservered with

Monkhouse 7: Almost scored on 22 seconds, unselfishly set up Franks and finished well for his first of the season. A threat with head and boot.

Subs: Collins 6 (on for Dolan 65): His first touch was in the opposition box but his best work came in the home area with a vital last-minute block and injury-time header

Howard 6 (on for James 65): Did not receive the best of service and should have scored one. Like Walton, being booed before he has even started is not great

Rodney 5 (on for Monkhouse 76): Did not offer Pools anything and perhaps may be better used when team is on top