Hartlepool United player ratings photo gallery: 'Sublime' and 'Sensational' 9s with plenty of 8s as slick Pools impress in York City win
Hartlepool raced into an early two-goal lead with goals from Jake Hastie and Tom Crawford in a first half they completely dominated.
John Askey’s only grievance at the break was the fact that his side were not further in front, such was their control in the game, but that was something they soon rectified when adding a third early after the restart through captain for the day Nicky Featherstone.
Pools weren’t quite able to add the cherry to their cake as a late goal from Tyler Cordner prevented a second clean sheet of the season but, nevertheless, it was an impressive display from Askey’s side who will hope this result can be the kick-start their season needs after a difficult period.
And here is how Pools were rated on a statement afternoon in York:
The timing of Erik ten Hag’s Manager of the Month award was, shall we say, infelicitous. Just 24 hours after he posed with this bauble alongside his players, applying a veneer of unity to the seething dysfunction at Manchester United, a truer picture of the Dutchman’s position emerged. And it could be found as the final whistle sounded on a defeat of historic horror to Bournemouth. This time he stood alone and motionless on the touchline, a diagram of despair, without anyone offering a word of c
Cristian Romero was branded “mad” and “crazy” after a horrific challenge on Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson somehow escaped a red card after a Var review during Tottenham Hotspur’s otherwise impressive display.
On Friday lunchtime, Saracens would not necessarily have been the obvious pick for the first English side to lose in this season’s Champions Cup. Certainly, few would have predicted the manner in which they succumbed to the Bulls, who boast four World Cup winners in their starting XV, with the South African franchise bullying the Premiership champions in almost all areas.