Pools Suffer Heavy Carlisle Defeat
Colin Cooper's side lost this afternoon’s match 3-0 against local rivals Carlisle United, leaving them bottom of the League Two table.
Pools were first to try their luck on goal as Darren Holden broke down the left to set up Brad Walker but the midfielder effort from the edge of the box was blocked by Kyle Dempsey inside the area.
There was a mix-up at the back for Cooper’s side shortly after which kick-started a real spell of pressure for the visitors as Pools were looking slightly nervy at times.
Scott Flinders was brave at the front post to block a cross from the left under heavy pressure from the lively Steven Rigg, making his Carlisle United debut this afternoon.
Flinders was called back into action just minutes later as he reacted well to claw a Rigg header off the line before throwing himself bravely amongst a crowd of feet to collect the rebound.
Carlisle were well on top for a spell early on in the game as Pools struggled to get out of their own half , with David Amoo offering a decent option down the right and Rigg causing a problem in the box.
Marlon Harewood kick-started a chance for Pools with a great cross-field ball to Brobbel; Michael Duckworth picked up possession to send a decent cross into the box but the defender just got enough on it to put Wyke off in the middle.
Scott Harrison got up well in the box to deny Mark Beck who was waiting to pounce and, while Pools were now seeing more of the ball, it was the visitors who looked more of the threat in front of goal.
Pools were pushing forward more as the half-time break approached but Dan Hanford in the Carlisle goal was not tested enough in the first forty-five minutes.
It was Carlisle United who started the second half the strongest and Rigg who had the first chance on goal, dragging an effort wide of Flinders’ post shortly after the re-start.
But Pools were soon at it themselves and more good work from Harewood set up Jonathan Franks who fired on goal only to be denied by Hanford with a decent save.
Before Cooper’s side had chance to build on the effort though, Carlisle were in front; a long throw from the left made its way over the waiting heads until it found Rigg who poked home past Flinders for his first league goal.
Pools reacted positively to going behind and upped their pressure at the other end, but there was still little to really shake the visiting defence.
Jonathan Franks, on for Darren Holden at half time, offered a new outlet down the left but for all of the decent build-up play by Pools, that final ball remained elusive.
A Ryan Brobbel volley looked set to sneak in at the far post to give Pools an equaliser but a last-ditch block by Hayden White kept the ball out and Pools now had just over ten minutes to get anything from this game.
As Pools again upped their pressure, Marlon Harewood pushed into the box only to see his effort go freely across the face of goal before Michael Duckworth saw his shot cleared off the line by White once again.
But once again Pools were hit on the counter as the visitors pushed forward to make it 2-0; sub Stephen Elliott sent a shot through the box which went low past Flinders and into the back of the net on 83 minutes to seal the three points.
This time it was the visitors who saw more of the ball following the goal and they had two more good chances to score soon after.
And the visitors added another goal in a convincing second-half display when Mark Beck slotted home from close range on 89 minutes to make it 3-0.
The result this afternoon sees Pools drop to the bottom of League Two.
Full Time: Pools 0 Carlisle United 3
Booked: Holden (29)
Attendance: 3927 (829 Carlisle United)
Pools: Flinders, Duckworth, Bates, Harrison, Austin, Brobbel, Walker (Woods 67), Miller, Holden, Wyke, Harewood.
Subs Not Used: Woodman, Collins, Jones, Richards, Hawkins.
Carlisle United: Hanford, Grainger, Archibald-Henville, Amoo (Dicker 58), Thirlwell, Potts, Beck, Brough (Paynter 81), Rigg (Elliott), Dempsey, White.
Subs Not Used: Caig, Gillies, Symington, O’Hanlon.