Hartlepool United 0 Northampton Town 0 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday February 27th, 3.00pm
HARTLEPOOL UNITED 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 4,012 (402 Cobblers fans)
Hartlepool: Trevor Carson, Carl Magnay, Matthew Bates, Adam Jackson, Jake Carroll, Nicky Featherstone, Brad Walker (sub Lewis Hawkins 89), Jake Gray, Nathan Thomas (sub Rhys Oates 89), Billy Paynter, Luke James
Subs not used: Adam Bartlett, Jordan Richards, Scott Harrison, Josh Laurent, Scott Fenwick
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Brendan Moloney, Zander Diamond, Rod McDonald (sub Luke Prosser 28), David Buchanan, Jason Taylor, Danny Rose, Ricky Holmes, Lee Martin (sub Lawson D'Ath 66), John Marquis (sub Joel Byrom 90), James Collins
Subs not used: Ryan Clarke, Sam Hoskins, Ryan Cresswell, Nicky Adams
Referee: Mr M Haywood
Hartlepool: Carl Magnay (67), Brad Walker (86)
Cobblers: Brendan Moloney (60, 3rd of the season), Zander Diamond (85, 3rd)
10 cautions on or before 13 March; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Ricky Holmes and Lee Martin replaced Nicky Adams and Lawson D’Ath for the game at Hartlepool with John-Joe O’Toole (sickness) not making the trip.
A good early run from Martin saw his shot, which took a deflection, saved by Trevor Carson while for Hartlepool Luke James flashed a shot across the face of goal having been fed in by Billy Paynter.
Nearly half an hour in and the Cobblers were forced into making a change in defence with Luke Prosser making his debut, coming on for Rod McDonald, who left the field with a bloody nose after receiving a blow to the head.
Both sides were getting themselves into some good positions but failing to work the goalkeepers as the first half ended goalless.
James Collins had a shot saved by Carson on 64 minutes before a quick break from the home side lead to a Paynter effort being deflected behind.
Lawson D’Ath came on for Lee Martin midway through the second half as the game remained in the balance.
Paynter headed straight at Adam Smith late on but the game was to end in stalemate, the 0-0 draw bringing to an end the Cobblers remarkable ten-match winning run.
HARTLEPOOL MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 8
CORNERS: (2) 6
FOULS: (2) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 6
CORNERS: (4) 6
FOULS: (8) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 2
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta