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Bristol Rovers 4-1 Hartlepool United (02-05-2009)

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2008-09 matches
League One
TeamHomeAway
Brighton1-21-1
Carlisle2-31-1
Cheltenham3-21-2
Colchester0-01-0
Crewe0-01-1
Hartlepool4-11-1
Hereford6-13-0
Huddersfield1-21-1
Leeds2-22-2
Leicester0-11-2
L Orient2-12-1
Millwall4-22-3
MK Dons1-21-2
Northampton1-00-0
Oldham2-02-0
Peterborough0-14-5
Scunthorpe1-22-0
Southend4-20-1
Stockport2-01-3
Swindon2-21-2
Tranmere2-00-2
Walsall1-35-0
Yeovil3-02-2
FA Cup
TeamH/A
BournemouthA0-1
League Cup
TeamH/A
WatfordA0-1
League Trophy
TeamH/A
BournemouthA0-3

On 2 May 2009, Bristol Rovers played their final game of the 2008-09 season when they welcomed Hartlepool United to the Memorial Stadium for a League One clash. Although there was nothing to play for for Rovers, with both promotion and relegation being impossible, Hartlepool were still in danger of heading back down to League Two if they suffered a heavy defeat and other results went against them.

The signs were not good for Hartlepool when Jo Kuffour and Darryl Duffy both scored in the opening five minutes to give Rovers an early 2–0 advantage, but Daniel Nardiello pulled a goal back midway through the first half. The Pirates started the second half in the same fashion they started the first, with two quick goals, but this time it only took three minutes to score them both. Rickie Lambert found the back of the net in the first minute of the second half, and Aaron Lescott scored his first goal at the Mem two minutes later to complete the scoring. Fortunately for Hartlepool some of the other results went their way and they managed to stay up in spite of the defeat.

The match was notable for three other reasons, besides Lescott's goal. It was the biggest win Rovers had ever had over Hartlepool, youngster Charlie Reece made his first start for Rovers, having made one substitute appearance the previous season, and Rickie Lambert scored his fiftieth goal for the Pirates. Rovers ended the game, and the season, in eleventh place in League One.

Match detailsEdit

Bristol Rovers4–1Hartlepool United
Kuffour (3)
Duffy (5)
Lambert (46)
Lescott (48)
(2–1 HT)Nardiello (28)
at Memorial Stadium attendance: 7,363
Lineups
1 Steve Phillips 1 Jan Budtz
Sub-off 14 David Pipe 7 Gary Liddle
15 Byron Anthony 5 Michael Nelson Sub-off
6 Steve Elliott 6 Sam Collins
Ball 32 Aaron Lescott 34 Joe Skarz
Sub-off 30 Charlie Reece 8 Ritchie Jones Yellow Sub-off
7 Stuart Campbell 12 Ben Clark
4 Chris Lines 15 Antony Sweeney
Ball 10 Darryl Duffy 19 Matty Robson
Ball Sub-off 17 Jo Kuffour 11 Andy Monkhouse
Ball 9 Rickie Lambert 20 Daniel Nardiello Ball
Substitutes
21 Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton 21 Arran Lee-Barrett
Sub-on 18 Ben Hunt 2 James McCunnie
Sub-on 19 Sean Rigg 3 Ritchie Humphreys Sub-on
Sub-on 20 Craig Disley 18 Michael Mackay
24 Alex Kite 22 Jonny Rowell Sub-on

TimelineEdit

  • 3 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Jo Kuffour
  • 5 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Darryl Duffy
  • 28 mins: Goal for Hartlepool United scored by Daniel Nardiello
  • 29 mins: Ritchie Jones booked for a foul on Chris Lines
  • 46 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Rickie Lambert
  • 48 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Aaron Lescott
  • 59 mins: Bristol Rovers substitution - Craig Disley replaced David Pipe
  • 69 mins: Substitutions for each side - Ben Hunt replaced Jo Kuffour for Rovers and Ritchie Humphreys replaced Michael Nelson for Hartlepool
  • 76 mins: Bristol Rovers substitution - Sean Rigg replaced Charlie Reece
  • 78 mins: Hartlepool United substitution - Jonny Rowell replaces Ritchie Jones

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