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Match report: Salford take the points

25 October 2022

Hartlepool United fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Salford City.
Pools started the game brightly, with Clarke Oduor getting the better of his marker on more than one occasion. A shot from Umerah and a header from Lacey presented further chances for Pools, but it wouldn't drop for Curle's side.
The closest Pools came to a goal in the first half was a Mo Sylla strikez but the half-volley cannoned off the post and out. Salford pushed forwards moments later and took the lead. A corner into the middle evaded everyone but Ryan Leek and the defender tapped home.
In the second half, Pools looked to grab a goal to achieve parity, but the Salford defence held firm. Cooke saw a shot blocked after good work and Lacey's header cleared the bar, while Killip made a wonder save from Lund at the other end to keep it at just one goal.
Oduor almost found a way through, taking on a raft of Salford defenders, but his cross was eventually cleared. As Pools pushed everyone forwards, Salford got a chance on the break. Lund was one on one with Killip, but the keeper got down low and saved well.
Salford had all 10 outfielders behind the ball as Pools applied pressure and time ticked away, but Curle's side couldn't find an equaliser.
With seconds left, Salford got their second goal. Galbraith picked the ball up and smashed it into the far post.
Pools now prepare for Grimsby's visit on Saturday.
Pools XI: Killip; Tumilty (Ndjoli 78), Lacey, Murray, Ferguson, Oduor; Sylla, Featherstone (Hastie 87), Cooke; Umerah, Robinson (McDonald 63)
Subs: Letheren, Stephenson, Paterson, Taylor


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