Allen hails strikers

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Manager Martin Allen paid tribute to Notts County's front pairing after they helped the Magpies into the top six with a resounding 3-0 victory over Hartlepool.

Karl Hawley scored his first league goals in nearly two years with help from strike partner Ben Burgess to put County two goals up before substitute Cristian Montano rounded the scoring off on his final appearance of his loan spell from West Ham.

Allen was quick to praise Burgess and Hawley after they spent much of last season getting the brunt of the home fans' frustrations. He said: "Karl was the devil, I was told not play him at home - the supporters didn't like him, no-one at the club liked him."

"I've seen Karl Hawley play for many, many years and seen him score many, many goals. I know what a danger, what a threat he is. His attitude in training was absolutely spot on and as a man off the field he was an absolute diamond.

"He has been rewarded for his hard work on and off the training pitch and he has shown a lot of courage to come back after the criticism he took. God bless him, I was so proud of him.

"If Karl was the devil then Ben Burgess was the devil with two horns. What a good player he is and what a good bloke he is to have around this football club. The supporters nicknamed him burger van but they were singing his name at the end."

Mick Wadsworth was at a loss to explain Pools' poor showing at Meadow Lane and admitted Notts County played his side off the park.

He said: "We haven't passed the ball well, there was no ball retention. We played in the last 20 minutes but by then it was too late. If you ask them throughout the team 'who could say I did my job today?', well you couldn't find one.

"In the dressing room they are really disappointed but the group's strong and we will come back. But you can't deny how well Notts County played - they surprised us with their shape and not having (Lee) Hughes in from the start.

"Big Ben (Burgess) caused us so many problems from the diagonal ball and Hawley playing off him really worked very well."

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