Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pool Fall as Dale Cash in; Defeat Is Third Loss in a Row Hartlepool United 0 Rochdale 2

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pool Fall as Dale Cash in; Defeat Is Third Loss in a Row Hartlepool United 0 Rochdale 2

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

FOR over an hour last night, Hartlepool United and Rochdale played a League One match with an out-of-shape football.

The not-quite spherical ball had little or no impact on the outcome, but as it bobbled and skipped over a good playing surface, things did not quite look right. The same could be said of Hartlepool.

Since reaching the 50-point mark that was their season's work last year, they have hit a glass ceiling.

Three straight defeats have followed from the infuriatingly topsy-turvy outfit, and while it is hard to imagine last night's 2-0 defeat rivaled the capitulation at Walsall - "one of the most disappointing afternoons in my time at the club," said Mick Wadsworth, it was none too clever.

Surprisingly no one seemed to complain about the ball, but the same could not be said of Hartlepool, booed off by only the Victoria Ground's third crowd of over 3,000 since New Year's Day.

Most of Hartlepool's efforts were of the long-range, speculative variety.

Andy Monkhouse produced one such volley in the fourth minute, forcing a good tip-over from Owain Fon Williams. The goalkeeper had to save again when Sam Collins won his header from the corner. The early pressure was a false dawn. On his first start since November, fitagain Uruguayan Fabian Yantorno carried the ball from the halfway line to the edge of the area, but his shot was blocked. Collins, up from the back, and the offbalance Monkhouse produced wild efforts.

Robbie Williams' optimistic strike apart, Dale offered little until a mistake by Collins let them into the game after 23 minutes.

The centre-back left his station to intercept a ball out wide but when he realised he had over-run it, his brain seemed to freeze and his feet slipped, allowing Chris O'Grady free passage down the left. When Nicky Adams crossed, Gary Jones tapped in. …

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