Pools are still looking for their first home win of the season after losing out 3-1 to Leyton Orient this afternoon.
After a promising first half here at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium, Pools were undone in the second as Orient scored three goals in fifteen minutes to take all three points.
It was a closely-fought first half, with good chances at both ends but it was Pools who just edged it with a 45th-minute strike from Josh Laurent.
Padraig Amond had the first chance of the game when he fired over the bar but that apart, it was the visitors who dominated the early play.
It took Pools ten minutes to really get into the game as Orient pressed forward and looked a threat when on the attack.
Nathan Thomas opened things up for Pools with a good cross in from the left which just missed the head of Josh Laurent but picked up Padraig Amond arriving at the far post. The striker powered a header at goal but it went just wide of target in the 14th minute.
As Pools found their stride, Josh Laurent sent a well-timed ball through for Lewis Alessandra to run onto; the forward picked it up in his stride to go one-on-one with Alex Cisak but just took too long to pick his spot allowing the keeper to get a touch and the chance passed.
At the other end, Ollie Palmer rose tallest to meet a freekick into the box and directed a fierce header at goal, which beat Carson only to crash against the crossbar and back into play.
Palmer was involved again just after as he swnt a dangerous cross in from the right but Toto Nsiala got in the way to block the ball out.
Nigel Atangana took advantage of a slip by Carson to send a shot in from a corner but he sent his effort over the bar.
Pools had a good spell of pressure on the half-hour mark, which was started off by a determined run out from the back by Nsiala. The defender powered down the right to play Alessandra into the box but in a spell that saw shots blocked from Alessandra and Amond, Thomas’s effort brought the move to an end as it went wide.
Amond hit the bar with a shot only to then see the flag go up, but Pools were upping the pressure as the half came to a close.
And the pressure paid off in the final minute of the first forty-five; Nathan Thomas won a corner with good movement down the left. Alessandra sent it in long to the far post where Hawkins rose to head it at goal before Josh Laurent popped up on the line to poke it home – his first goal for the Club giving Pools a 1-0 lead.
Craig Hignett’s side had started the second half strongly and there were early chances to double the lead, none more so than when Lewis Hawkins was denied a headed goal by Cisak with a great one-handed stop.
But it was the visitors who got the next goal as Sandro Semedo got into the box from the right and somehow squeezed a shot under Carson and into the back of the net.
Pools had looked the more probable team to score the next goal with their early possession but now faced a different battle against a lively Orient side.
But the visitors upped their own game following the goal and, with renewed confidence, they went on the attack.
With less than five minutes since the equaliser, Orient were ahead thanks to a well-taken strike from Ollie Palmer. The forward exchanged passes with strike partner Jordan Bowery before finishing solidly from the right to make it 2-1.
Orient made it 3-1 on 71 minutes as Ollie Palmer got another; the Pools defence made it too easy for the visitors as Palmer this time played a one-two with Semedo before picking his spot and firing home his second and his side’s third.
It was a frustrating end to the game as Orient sat back, happy with what was an important three points while Pools could find nothing of note to threaten a way back into things.
And so the search for the first home win of 2016/17 continues for Hignett's side.
Pools 1 Leyton Orient 3Full Time:
Carroll (73), Alessandra (77), Carson (78)Booked:
Attendance: 3700 (155 Leyton Orient)
Pools: Carson, Richards (Deverdics 86), Nsiala, Donnelly, Carroll, Featherstone, Laurent, Hawkins (Woods 78), Alessandra, Amond (Paynter 68), Thomas.
Subs Not Used: Bartlett, Harrison, Martin, Orrell.
Leyton Orient: Cisak, Kennedy, Parkes, Weir (Benedicic 80), Palmer, Massey, Atangana, Hunt, Bowery (Dunne 76), Semedo (N’Nomo 80), Janse.
Subs Not Used: Sargeant, Adeboyejo, Koroma, Dalby, Benedicic, N'Nomo.