Hartlepool United suffered their first defeat at the Suit Direct Stadium against Woking. Picture by FRANK REID
Ricky Korboa scored twice in the space of three second half minutes as John Askey’s side ran out of steam at the Suit Direct Stadium.
Pools hit the post twice in the first half through Emmanuel Dieseruvwe and David Ferguson but just lacked the kind of cutting edge we have seen from them in recent weeks in front of goal.
And here is how Pools were rated in their first home defeat:
Reacted well when keeping out Wilkinson’s quick free kick but didn’t cover himself in glory for both of Korboa’s goals albeit the first took a significant deflection. Second came through a number of bodies but appeared to catch him out. (Photo: FRANK REID) Helped Hartlepool get a foothold in the first half with a couple of decent bursts down the right - one testing Jaaskelainen and the other a dangerous cross. Was involved in the second half as well. Was bright enough. (Photo: FRANK REID NATIONALWORLD 2022) Made a couple of key last-man headers in the first half up against Amond. Was left chasing Korboa for the opening goal - maybe a little unfortunate with the deflection. Picture by FRANK REID Had one or two fitness concerns heading into the game and didn’t seem as assured as he has done in recent weeks at home. Like Hendrie he was left scrambling against Korboa for the opener and then didn’t do enough to close him down for the second. Picture by FRANK REID Return to the side was cut short with a head injury after colliding with team-mate Wallace. Had started okay with one or two decent clearances and passes out of defence. (Photo: FRANK REID 2022) Did okay given he was tasked with switching roles midway through the first half again. Some strong set piece delivery including when hitting the post. (Photo: FRANK REID NATIONALWORLD 2022) Did well in the first half with a couple of clever balls into the channel for Finney and Paterson and one or two strong challenges. Felt a little outnumbered after the break and drifted out of things. Still looks to be building his fitness, particularly later in games. (Photo: FRANK REID NATIONALWORLD 2022) Bit of an indifferent afternoon. Did okay in spells and was tidy enough in possession and spreading the play wide at times. Wasted a good opportunity late in the game when heading back across goal rather than going himself. (Photo: FRANK REID NATIONALWORLD 2022) Was lively in spells once Pools got into the game. Couple of teasing crosses from the left and an excellent ball for Dieseruvwe. Another good cross for Crawford in the second half. Decent enough first start. (Photo: FRANK REID 2022) Was busy enough when Pools came into the game - it was his clever flick into Crawford then onto Seaman to give Hartlepool their first effort at goal. Golden opportunity to open the scoring and he knew it. Subbed. (Photo: FRANK REID NATIONALWORLD 2022) Wilkinson and Cuthbert had the measure of him albeit there were a number of times he wasn’t helped out by the referee. You fancied him to open the scoring when hitting the post. Things just didn’t quite fall for him in the end. Kept plugging away. (Photo: FRANK REID 2022) Put in one or two decent crosses when coming on but his mistake in losing possession inside his own half led to the first goal which Pools then couldn’t recover from. Second also came from a ball down that side. (Photo: FRANK REID NATIONALWORLD 2022) Was lively when coming on and put himself about more. Almost benefited when his cross came close to dropping in at the back post. Showed some decent link-up play. Picture by FRANK REID Came on for his debut in stoppage time. Only time for one or two touches. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)