Hartlepool manager Mick Wadsworth paid tribute to Nolberto Solano after the former Premier League star scored a stunning free kick to lead his side to a 2-1 comeback win at Bournemouth.

Unbeaten Pools were behind when Solano curled in an exquisite 22-yard shot three minutes before half-time.

The visitors went on to grab all three points thanks to substitute Evan Horwood's equally-superb volley with just three minutes remaining.

Delighted Wadsworth, whose team maintain their best ever start to a season and are now nine matches without defeat, said: "Nobby kept us in the game. His goal was fantastic to get us back in to the match because we had been disappointing until then.

"He has had two or three free-kicks since he joined us and put one just wide in our last game but I knew as soon as the ball left his foot it was going in. It was unerring."

Hartlepool were outplayed for much of the first half and it was little surprise when Bournemouth took the lead in the 37th minute thanks to a 25-yard screamer from midfielder Steven Gregory.

Wadsworth, whose side climbed to third in the table, added: "It was a very pleasing victory and it is always nice to come from behind.

"I do not think we played our best and in the first half, we were a little bit sluggish on the ball. We changed a few things around at half time and in the second half I think we were the better team."

Bournemouth boss Lee Bradbury continues to find himself under pressure after taking only nine points from the opening 10 games of the season.

Bradbury was fuming with referee Ian Williamson for failing to send off Hartlepool substitute Andy Monkhouse for a reckless challenge on Warren Cummings seconds before Horwood's winner.

"Warren has got three holes in his shin pad so that shows how bad the challenge was," said Bradbury. "I had a great view of it from the dugout and from where I am standing it was a red card.

"Sometimes in football you are on the right end of those decisions but when they go against you it is very frustrating. I have been in to speak to the referee but he does not see he made any mistake.

"It is even more frustrating because I think we were the better side. We had more possession than them and created more chances and did not deserve to come away with nothing.

"I have no problems with the way the players performed and on another day we would have won."

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