Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Winning Streak Is Ended as Pool Lose

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Winning Streak Is Ended as Pool Lose

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Notts County 3 Hartlepool United 0 HARTLEPOOL United's fivematch winning streak came crashing down as they were beaten at Notts County. With the chance to move into the top seven at their disposal, Pool were well beaten in the end.

They were on top in the opening period, pressing the hosts - who visit Sunderland in the FA Cup third round on Saturday - back, but without taking their chances.

And Thomas Ince, son of Magpies' boss Paul, was a threat in possession, and he opened the scoring on half-time.

That came against the run of play, but Pool lacked much authority in the second-half and were cut open easily as Mick Wadsworth instructed his players forward to chase the game.

He said: "All good things come to an end, of course they do. It's one of those things. We have been on a fantastic run and I said to the lads in the dressing room that I'm not angry. I'm a little bit disappointment of course.

"Winning games away from home like we have been isn't going to carry on for ever. "At 0-0, we had good chances and could have got our noses in front. But I was disappointed with the way we defended for the opening goal.

"We could have drawn at Bournemouth, drawn at Huddersfield and drawn here today - three points. Instead we have six points from nine and are in a good position."

While it may have taken him until halftime to score, Ince flashed a warning on just six minutes, screwing a shot wide of Jake Kean's goal from 20 yards.

Seconds later and Pool could have easily taken the lead. A deep Evan Horwood corner was headed back across goal and Antony Sweeney's close-range header was stopped on the line by goalkeeper Rob Burch.

Then Leon McSweeney ran inside from the right flank, took a pass from Humphreys and drove a shot towards the top corner, which Burch dived to push away. At the other end, Sweeney was on defensive duty to nip ahead of Lee Miller to head away a dangerous Ben Davies dead ball. Busy and involved in proceedings, Pool's top scorer was looking for his tenth strike of the season and turned to powerfully volley over the frame of the goal.

Then Monkhouse shot at goal from a similar situation, and suffered a similar fate, before he turned quickly onto a bouncing ball to bounce a shot at replacement goalkeeper Stuart Nelson. …

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