Mellor piles on misery for Pools

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Neil Mellor

Neil Mellor's goal was enough to defeat Hartlepool 1-0 as Preston ended their miserable run of form by winning for the first time in 10 npower League One games.

Mellor's strike proved the difference against a Pools side which has now lost seven successive home games in all competitions.

The hosts should have been awarded a penalty after 16 minutes when Jamie McCombe handled in the area from a Peter Hartley header but referee Jock Waugh played on.

North End, winless in the league since September 27, then scored the only goal five minutes later. Mellor picked up a loose ball and drilled a low, first-time shot into the net from 25 yards.

Lilywhites goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann saved from Antony Sweeney and James Poole as the home side searched for a leveller.

The closest they came to scoring was on the hour mark when Poole galloped forward 70 yards in possession and whipped in a low shot that Stuckmann did well to push around the post.

Pools have only scored one goal - a penalty - at home since September 17, a run of 576 minutes.

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