Hartlepool came from behind to win at Chesterfield and maintain their 100 percent start to the season.
A poor first half brought few noteworthy opportunities.
Nicky Featherstone saw a 20-yard shot deflect wide for Hartlepool, while David Buchanan’s long-range effort at the other end was comfortably gathered by goalkeeper Ben Killip.
The Spireites took the lead early in the second half as Tom Denton scored from the penalty spot after Hartlepool substitute Ryan Johnson was adjudged to have handled.
Pools responded well and levelled in the 64th minute when David Ferguson’s low cross was turned past his own goalkeeper by Will Evans.
They grabbed a quickfire second when another Ferguson cross was turned in at the near post by debutant defender Johnson.
Chesterfield were reduced to 10 men with 12 minutes remaining when Scott Boden was sent off for a late lunge on keeper Killip after play had stopped for an offside call, and Hartlepool held on comfortably.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 23SmithBooked at 45mins
- 6MaguireSubstituted forRawsonat 80′minutes
- 5EvansBooked at 36mins
- 8WestonSubstituted forMandevilleat 60′minutes
- 19BodenBooked at 78mins
- 24DentonSubstituted forRowleyat 84′minutes
- 4LiddleSubstituted forJohnsonat 29′minutes
- 7DonaldsonBooked at 86mins
- 16OfosuSubstituted forCrawfordat 90+4′minutes
- 9Enigbokan-BloomfieldBooked at 52minsSubstituted forOatesat 52′minutes
Match ends, Chesterfield 1, Hartlepool United 2.
Second Half ends, Chesterfield 1, Hartlepool United 2.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Tom Crawford replaces Claudio Ofosu.
Ryan Donaldson (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Chesterfield. Joe Rowley replaces Tom Denton.
Substitution, Chesterfield. Luke Rawson replaces Laurence Maguire.
Scott Boden (Chesterfield) is shown the red card.
Goal! Chesterfield 1, Hartlepool United 2. Ryan Johnson (Hartlepool United).
Own Goal by Will Evans, Chesterfield. Chesterfield 1, Hartlepool United 1.
Substitution, Chesterfield. Liam Mandeville replaces Curtis Weston.
Goal! Chesterfield 1, Hartlepool United 0. Tom Denton (Chesterfield) converts the penalty with a.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Rhys Oates replaces Mason Bloomfield.
Mason Bloomfield (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half begins Chesterfield 0, Hartlepool United 0.
First Half ends, Chesterfield 0, Hartlepool United 0.
Jonathan Smith (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.
Will Evans (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Ryan Johnson replaces Gary Liddle.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.