Bookings: Kerr (19, foul), Akinola (86, diving), Anderson (87, foul)

Referee: Carl Brook (St Leonards on Sea): On top of things and rightly pulled up Akinola for trying to con a late penalty 7

Attendance: 1,269

BARNET (4-3-3): Cousins 7; Alexander 6, Reynolds 6, Sweeney 7, Johnson 6; Boucaud 6, Taylor 5, Tarpey 6; Fonguck 5, Coulthirst 6 (Barham 83), Mason-Clark 6 (Akinola 78). Subs (not used): Matrevics, Robson, Elito.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED (4-2-3-1):

7 Loach: In the most testing of conditions his positioning and handling was safe, making an especially impressive save on 15 mins to keep out a goalbound header;

6 Kioso: Did what was asked at right-back, firm and tried to get forward when he could

8 KERR: Defended properly throughout, heading away plenty of high balls in the first half especially, and going close to scoring with a 35-yard screamer

7 Edgar: Three games in a week for the first time in a while and his awareness of what’s going on around him helped him come through the game with ease

6 Anderson: For 95 per cent of the game he did what was asked and expected; but two slack lapses in concentration when he ended up giving away needless free-kicks could have cost his side;

6 Noble: Busy and always tried to get involved from a deep lying role and when there was space to attack and push forward he did it

6 Donaldson: Like Noble he was bogged down especially in the first-half, but gave a disciplined and stout performance;

6 Molyneux: Always looks a threat when he runs at the opposition, offering something different to the rest of the squad with the ability to jink past his man

6 Hawkes: Took up some inviting positions off the front man without ever hurting the opposition on this occasion. Did go close with a first-half shot

5 James: Didn’t really see enough of the ball wide, and while he chased and put a shift in, his involvement was negligible;

6 Kabamaba: Swept the ball home only to be flagged offside. Could have done with some more support up and alongside him at times as he was a bit isolated against two centre-halves.

Subs:

Featherstone (for Noble 85)

Holohan (for Hawkes 90)

(not used): Muir, Kitching, Amos.

MAN OF THE MATCH Fraser Kerr – in woeful conditions Pools needed their centre-halves to stand tall and the recent signing from Gateshead was fully committed.