Chairboys dom­i­nate Pools yet again...

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah

WY­COMBE’S rule over Hartle­pool con­tin­ued with a ninth win in the last ten meet­ings.

And they were never in much dan­ger against a Pools side which failed to make much head­way go­ing for­ward.

Goals from Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa and Paris Cowan-Hall se­cured their sixth away win of the sea­son and leaves them three points short of the play-off zone with eight games re­main­ing.

“We went one-up, had a wob­ble like teams do, and then saw the game out strong, re­ally strong,’’ re­flected Wy­combe boss Gareth Ainsworth.

“There’s been no pres­sure all sea­son and now let’s turn the key a bit and see what we can achieve.

“If the op­po­si­tion score one, we will score two – that’s the men­tal­ity of the play­ers. It’s re­ally pleas­ing, a great result.

“Over­all I’m re­ally pleased with the per­for­mance against a team in a false po­si­tion who have a very good man­ager and some­one who I re­spect.’’

Amid a tame open­ing, Ak­in­fenwa took a neat touch on the edge of the area, brushed off Scott Har­ri­son and net­ted low from 12 yards. He ap­peared to in­jure him­self in the process and hob­bled off in the sec­ond half.

Pools had two firsthalf penalty ap­peals re­jected, the sec­ond looked a hand­ball in the six-yard area af­ter a deep cor­ner was headed to­wards goal by Brad Walker, but ref­eree David Webb was hav­ing none of it.

Pools’ best open­ing came when Lewis Alessandra broke away and looked to play in Padraig Amond, only for Michael Woods to get in his way and the ball rolled wide.

Scott Har­ri­son had a deep header pushed away by Nick Black­man but the game was clinched on 90 min­utes.

Pools failed to clear their de­fen­sive lines and CowanHall raced past Nicky Deverdics to shoot into the far cor­ner.

Cowan-Hall was then red­carded, col­lect­ing a sec­ond yel­low af­ter tan­gling with Har­ri­son.

Pools re­main nine points in front of the bot­tom two af­ter de­feats for both Ori­ent and New­port.

And Hartle­pool boss Dave Jones ad­mits his side needed a more clin­i­cal edge.

“All we missed was nous,” said Jones. “We got in po­si­tions be­hind, but needed to kill them off. A goal would have won it, but we found it hard to get that goal.

“I felt we just fell short in the fi­nal third of the play.

“We had a lot of tired bod­ies af­ter Tues­day and we put it to bed. It’s not all bad, but it’s about learn­ing.’’

STAR MAN BRAD WALKER Hartle­pool

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