Sheff Utd 3-1 Hartlepool- Match Report
Report of match 31st December 2011
Sheff Utd 3-1 Hartlepool- Match Report.
United eight not to win
Sheffield United cruised to their eight straight win, beating Hartlepool 3-1 following first-half goals from Ryan Flynn, Chris Porter and Ched Evans.
After Evans was blocked in the area, Flynn seized on the loose ball to fire low past Scott Flinders in the 12th minute.
Porter doubled the hosts' advantage 11 minutes before half-time with a close-range header after Evans back-heeled into the path of Flynn, who crossed from the left byline
Neale Cooper was taking charge of the first game in his second reign as Hartlepool manager, and his side went close to pulling a goal back in the 38th minute when Jack Baldwin's shot came back off the bar.
Neil Austin also put a free-kick wide as Pools briefly rallied.
Evans made it 3-0 shortly before the break, firing just inside Flinders' right-hand post after receiving the ball from Matt Lowton inside the area.
In the second half Porter missed a good chance, scooping the ball over from eight yards and Flinders made saves from Flynn and Evans.
Peter Hartley grabbed a consolation for the visitors in stoppage time with a low shot.
|Competition: npower League One Date: Saturday, 31st December 2011 Kick off: 13:00 Venue: Bramall Lane|
|3 - 1||Hartlepool U.
|2||Matthew Lowton (Ertl 55)|
|27||Kevin McDonald (Montgomery 80)|
|21||Chris Porter (Beattie 79)|
|10||James Beattie (Porter 79)|
|6||Johnny Ertl (Lowton 55)|
|4||Nick Montgomery (McDonald 80)|
|5||Sam Collins (James 66)|
|18||Jack Baldwin (Brown 46)|
|20||Paul Murray (Boyd 46)|
|33||Luke James (Collins 66)|
|7||James Brown (Baldwin 46)|
|10||Adam Boyd (Murray 46)|
|Sheff. Utd. cards shown|
|Hartlepool U. cards shown|
|19 mins||Peter Hartley||Unsporting behaviour|
|30 mins||Jack Baldwin||Unsporting behaviour|