LiveStory of the day: Hartlepool United 2-1 Dagenham & Redbridge – a Good Friday for Pools as they go 12 unbeaten in the National League

Hartlepool United’s unbeaten run in the National League stretched to 12 matches following a 2-1 Good Friday win against Dagenham & Redbridge at Victoria Park.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 3:00 pm

Rhys Oates’ first half strike was cancelled out by Matthew Robinson’s header for The Daggers before Gavan Holohan’s second half header saw Pools claim another three points on home turf.

It's the 10th win in 11 home games for Hartlepool at The Vic as they remained second in the National League table with nine games remaining.

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Gavan Holohan of Hartlepool United celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Friday 2nd April 2021. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)
Gavan Holohan of Hartlepool United celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Friday 2nd April 2021. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

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FULL-TIME: Hartlepool United 2 (Oates 21’, Holohan 61’) Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Robinson 32’)

Last updated: Friday, 02 April, 2021, 16:37

  • Pools XI: Killip; Ferguson, Odusina, Liddle, Cass, Sterry; Featherstone, Shelton, Holohan; Oates, Armstrong
  • Pools subs: White, Donaldson, Williams, Bennett, Molyneux
  • Pools bookings: Fergsuon (36), Shelton (56)
  • Dagenham XI: Justham; Rance, Clark, McCallum, Balanta, Weston, Robinson, Wright, Vilhete, Jones, Gordon
  • Dagenham subs: Reynolds, Saunders, McQueen, Sagaf, Khan
  • Dagenham bookings: none
  • Referee: Adam Herezeg

Full reaction from Dave Challinor

Injury latest from Dave Challinor

Dave Challinor reacts to today’s win

“We started the game really well and how we didn’t have a penalty I don’t know! We got the goal which we deserved and had the chance to kick on but they got the equaliser and the momentum swung in their favour. We spoke at half-time about getting back to where we were playing at the start and we did.

“There were a couple of nervy moments at the end but it was good to see out the three points. I’ve been speaking about set-pieces, it’s a great ball in and a great header. It’s great to have three points in the bag when other teams are just about to kick-off.”

Full-time verdict from Dominic Scurr

Full-time: Pools 2-1 Dagenham

90+4: Williams curls wide from distance

90+2: Justham heads over!

The Dagenham goalkeeper comes close to snatching an equaliser.

90+2: Justham up for the Dagenham corner

90: Bennet almost sets up Holohan

A lovely ball from Bennett sets up Holohan who tries to lift it over Justham but it’s wide.

85: Tom White is on for Luke Armstrong

80: Bennett heads over from Sterry’s cross

77: Paul McCallum is replaced by Darren McQueen for Dagenham

74: Bennett comes on for Oates for his Pools debut

73: First change for Dagenham - Mauro Vilhete is replaced by George Saunders

72: Vilhete’s low drive is collected by Killip

A powerful effort well held.

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