Story of the day: Oxford United 4-1 Hartlepool United – no FA Cup third round upset as Oxford come from behind to beat National League Pools at the Kassam Stadium

Hartlepool United bowed out of the FA Cup at the third round stage following a 4-1 defeat at Oxford United.

Saturday, 4th January 2020, 5:03 pm
Hartlepool United's Mark Kitching celebrates with Ryan Donaldson after scoring their first goal   during the FA Cup match between Oxford United and Hartlepool United at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford on Saturday 4th January 2020. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)
Hartlepool United's Mark Kitching celebrates with Ryan Donaldson after scoring their first goal during the FA Cup match between Oxford United and Hartlepool United at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford on Saturday 4th January 2020. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

Pools took a surprise early lead against the League One outfit as Mark Kitching pounced on a defensive error to net his second goal of the season.

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The visitors held on to their lead until the 52nd minute when Rob Hall curled in an equaliser. Shandon Baptiste then put the hosts ahead before Tarique Fosu and a Matty Taylor penalty added some gloss to the scoreline late on.

Refresh the page and scroll through our blog to see how events unfolded over the course of the afternoon at the Kassam Stadium...