Pools make a splash over Easter: Match Review

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Second-half goals from Roy O'Donovan and Andy Monkhouse sank Brighton 2-0 and made it six points from six over Easter for Hartlepool.

Victory put Pools - who went in the double programme in the drop zone - four points clear of fourth-bottom Tranmere.

But the visitors, with one of the division's best away records, started the brighter.

Scott Flinders had to keep out a Seb Carole header after just three minutes and, with the home side struggling to cope with Albion's neat passing game, the first-half was a non-event.

But the opener arrived after 54 minutes when Armann Bjornsson chested the ball into the path of Leon McSweeney who played into space for O'Donovan to race onto and superbly clip past keeper Peter Brezovan from the tightest of angles.

Ashley Barnes glanced a header wide for Brighton but Pools were soon two goals to the good.

James Brown sprayed the ball wide to Andy Monkhouse who cut in from the right wing and curled his shot across Brezovan and into the far corner.

Flinders saved twice from Inigo Calderson and touched Gary Dicker's curler against the bar two minutes from time.

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Peter Brezovan
Hartlepool United
League One
Gary Dicker
Scott Flinders
Ashley Barnes
Leon McSweeney
Andy Monkhouse
James Brown
Roy O'Donovan
Tranmere Rovers
Brighton & Hove Albion
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