JABO STRIKES TO THE HART!

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah HARTLE­POOL: (4-3-3): Bartlett 5; Duck­worth 6, Har­ri­son 9, Boyce 8, Car­roll 7; Magnay 8 (Nel­sonAddy 3), Woods 4, Feather­stone 5; Oates 6 (Fen­wick 63, 3), Paynter 5, Bing­ham 7 Subs not used: Denton (gk), Wor­ley, Oyenuga, Jones, Smith CARL

PRO­FILIC has never been an ad­jec­tive to de­scribe Jabo Ibehre – un­til now. Since mov­ing to Carlisle in the sum­mer, the striker – four goals all last sea­son – now has nine goals to his name af­ter his dou­ble fin­ished off Hartle­pool.

In a game which never let up from start to fin­ish, the big man net­ted an 85th-minute win­ner as the Cum­bri­ans fol­lowed up Tues­day’s Cap­i­tal One Cup win at QPR with a first league vic­tory of the sea­son.

And sat­is­fied boss Keith Curle praised the men­tal strength of his play­ers af­ter the vic­tory.

“It was a good game with two teams who knew the pride that was in­volved,” he said. “We were here in our num­bers and were vo­cal.

“I don’t think we per­formed football-wise, but some­times it’s about re­sults. The way we won re­ally taught me some­thing about our char­ac­ter.

“We know there is a strength within us as a group that’s grow­ing. The bet­ter we do, the stronger it grows.

“In this kind of game, it’s dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents that are needed and we found the right mix.

“We know there is a strength within this group which is grow­ing – men­tally and phys­i­cally and we have a very hon­est group of play­ers here who are learn­ing.’’

Pools took the lead on six min­utes, as cen­tre-half Scott Har­ri­son smashed in a fine volley on the turn from the edge of the area.

At the other end, the Pools goal led a charmed life. Bastien Hery missed a header be­fore Michael Duck­worth cleared off the line.

Hartle­pool al­most got a sec­ond as Rak­ish Bing­ham cracked a drive against the frame of the goal.

Jason Kennedy, at the other end, missed from close range af­ter Adam Bartlett saved from Ibehre.

But the visi­tors lev­elled on 57 min­utes, Ibehre touch­ing home a header from close range af­ter Pools were opened up on the left side by Kennedy.

Pools were back in front on 70 min­utes. Kennedy pulled down Scott Fen­wick in the area as a free-kick was de­liv­ered.

Billy Paynter, the ex-Carlisle front man, net­ted calmly from the spot, af­ter the Cum­bri­ans protested loudly.

The ad­van­tage didn’t last long – with another goal com­ing down the same flank as their first.

Tom Miller was given time and space to cut in­side onto his left and fire home a cross-cum-shot.

Ibehre was de­nied by some fran­tic de­fend­ing in the penalty area, be­fore his win­ner ar­rived when Fen­wick was bun­dled off the ball by Danny Grainger and he picked out Ibehre to tap in.

De­flated Pools boss Ron­nie Moore said:“We were too brit­tle at the back. We needed the full-backs to do more. Too many crosses came into our box from their wide men.

“We get in front with a penalty and then you see the game out, you don’t lose the game. It’s about be­ing pro­fes­sional.

“Miller’s goal changes the game. He’s tried to whip it in and it’s done ev­ery­one.

“But then sit tight, don’t get caught. We didn’t get out to Grainger and he could pick his spot.”

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