Three first-half goals ensured Hartlepool ended a run of three straight defeats with a convincing 3-0 win over Millwall.

Peter Hartley, Adam Boyd and Armann Bjornsson were on target as Pools opened up their unassailable lead within 29 minutes.

The visitors went closest to scoring first, when Steve Morison charged down a clearance from goalkeeper Scott Flinders and the ball crashed off the underside of the bar, onto the goalline and then safety.

Morison He also clipped the bar with a header on 13 minutes, but by then his side were trailing.

A Sam Collins cross was headed out to the lurking Hartley who fired a right-foot shot into the net from 25 yards.

Pools should have made it two on 19 minutes, but Ritchie Humphreys and Leon McSweeney saw close-range efforts scrambled off the line.

The second goal arrived on 22 minutes, Boyd making the most of space between goalkeeper and defence to nip around David Forde and roll into the net from an angle score.

Giant striker Bjornsson then completed the rout, deftly heading home at the far post from a McSweeney cross.

Millwall, with three up front in the second half, went closest when Lewis Grabban twice had shots blocked by Flinders from six yards.

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