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Match report: Pools pick up three points on the road

12 February 2022

Hartlepool United completed a league double over Crawley Town with a 1-0 win at the People’s Pension Stadium. A second goal in two games for Omar Bogle was the difference in a competitive game between the sides.
Crawley started the game strongly, with Powell heading against the crossbar before forcing Killip to fling himself to his left and tip a long-range drive onto the woodwork.
Pools then had a chance of their own as Joe Grey was set away, but Morris made himself big to block from the young forward.
Half-chances for Tilley and Bogle passed as both sides looked to force an opener, and it was the latter who got the breakthrough.
Collecting the ball on the edge of the box, the forward bent a left-footed strike into the far corner, leaving Morris grasping for thin air.
The second half started in a disrupted fashion, with James Tilley going down and required lengthy medical treatment. The Crawley man left on a stretcher, but it seemed to be more of a precaution than a necessity.
Pools defended well as Crawley pushed for an equaliser, but also had chances thanks to the pace of the forwards. Joe White broke forwards after a good block from Odusina and exchanged passes with Bogle before almost squaring to Joe Grey.
Crawley continued to push forward, and Hutchinson got a header on target after a corner, but Killip caught the ball with ease.
Tsaroulla had a chance for Crawley after good footwork out wide, but the wideman could only blaze over the bar.
11 minutes of added time saw Pools defend valiantly, with Timi Odusina particularly impressive in repelling the Crawley forwards. A break from Bogle saw him almost find Fletcher, but the defence cleared in time.
278 away
Pools XI: Killip; Sterry, Byrne, Odusina, Ferguson; Crawford, Morris, White (Shelton 68); Grey (Liddle 82), Bogle, Molyneux (Fletcher 90)
Subs: Bilokepic, Ogle, Liddle, Shelton, Holohan, Fletcher, Cullen


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