Hartlepool United were beaten 3-2 at the SMH Group Stadium against Chesterfield. Picture by FRANK REID
Pools let a two-goal lead slip at the SMH Group Stadium as the Spireites struck deep into second half stoppage time to complete a remarkable turnaround.
Emmanuel Dieservwe gave Hartlepool the lead inside three minutes when racing clear of Ash Palmer to finish well before Anthony Mancini doubled the lead minutes later with a cool finish into the corner.
It was a dream start for John Askey’s side but they were soon pegged back as the impressive Ryan Colclough headed in to reduce the deficit.
Still doesn’t quite demand his area to instil total confidence. Was a little fortunate when clattering into Colclough early in the second half and was rooted for the equaliser. Did make some decent stops, however, particularly from Jacobs and Colclough. Got something on the third but couldn't keep it out Booked for time wasting. (Photo: FRANK REID 2022)
Pools were dealt a significant blow when Mancini was forced off injured before Jamie Grimes levelled the scored early in the second half.
It was wave after wave of Chesterfield attack from that point on as Pools tried to hang on for a point.
But their resistance was broken five minutes into added time as Tom Naylor snatched a late winner.
And here is how Pools were rated:
As tough an afternoon as he is likely to have all season up against Colclough who got the better of him most of the game. Rarely saw him going forward as we have done due to being tested so much by Colclough. A little wayward in possession at times. (Photo: FRANK REID NATIONALWORLD 2022) Looked a little lost as a third centre-back in the early stages but was much more comfortable when moved into midfield. Broke things up quite well at times in the first half and exchanged nicely with Cooke on occasion. Some decent blocks but tired in the second half and struggled to deal with wave after wave of Chesterfield attack. Subbed. (Photo: FRANK REID) Real nervy start and some sloppy distribution but just about managed to deal with Grigg. Was forced into a lot of defensive work after the break. Some good clearances but couldn’t help keep Chesterfield out as set pieces continue to plague them. Will have easier afternoons. Picture by FRANK REID Moved over to the opposite centre-back role and found it challenging to deal with Colclough as well who dragged him out of position once or twice. Just wasn’t allowed to settle really which you credit Chesterfield for. Booked before being subbed. (Photo: FRANK REID) Another who was pegged back in by Chesterfield for much of the game after an initial bright opening. Maybe a little fortune with penalty appeal against Naylor. One time he did find space in the second half he wasted a decent crossing position. (Photo: FRANK REID) Went close with a header in the first half and generally helped in Hartlepool’s excellent start. Took a heavy challenge from Mandeville which he had to recover from before being swamped in the second half. Booked. (Photo: FRANK REID) Started well and looked lively. Contributed to the opening goal and looked capable of breaking the lines. Some decent exchanges in midfield. Tasked with much more defensive work in the second half. One decent driving run after the break but a little wasteful with the effort. (Photo: FRANK REID) Started superbly. Linked defence to attack well to get Pools turned round and Chesterfield on the back foot. Took his goal really well. Game changed when he was forced off. Will be a big miss. Picture by FRANK REID Chased down everything in the first half which contributed to Hartlepool’s fast start. Clever ball into Mancini for the second goal. Unfortunate with an effort on the stroke of half-time. Moved over to the right in the second half where he found things a little more difficult up against Colclough who ran things for Chesterfield. Picture by FRANK REID Was fantastic in the first half at both ends of the field. Had plenty to do for his goal but showed pace and power to beat his man before great composure with the finish. Had a hand in the second with his hold-up play before releasing Mancini. Hold-up in general was excellent and did a job defensively with a number of big clearances. Rarely involved after the break due to Chesterfield dominance. (Photo: FRANK REID 2022) Came on for Mancini as Wallace moved into midfield. Did okay in the main and made a couple of key blocks - one in particular from Berry. Booked for voicing his opinion on Crawford challenge. Picture by FRANK REID Brought on to try and help Ferguson but was booked within minutes of his introduction. Did get forward once or twice late on as Pools half threatened to pinch the game. (Photo: FRANK REID NATIONALWORLD 2022) One decent run late on to beat his man before standing a cross up to Ferguson. Couldn’t help Pools get out, however. Picture by FRANK REID