Hartlepool United player ratings photo gallery: 'Sublime' and 'Sensational' 9s with plenty of 8s as slick Pools impress in York City win
Hartlepool raced into an early two-goal lead with goals from Jake Hastie and Tom Crawford in a first half they completely dominated.
John Askey’s only grievance at the break was the fact that his side were not further in front, such was their control in the game, but that was something they soon rectified when adding a third early after the restart through captain for the day Nicky Featherstone.
Pools weren’t quite able to add the cherry to their cake as a late goal from Tyler Cordner prevented a second clean sheet of the season but, nevertheless, it was an impressive display from Askey’s side who will hope this result can be the kick-start their season needs after a difficult period.
And here is how Pools were rated on a statement afternoon in York:
Manchester United have scored nine goals in three Champions League away matches, and not won any of them. That is more than Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Inter Milan, Real Sociedad and PSV Eindhoven, all of whom have already qualified for the knockout stages, have each scored in five games in the competition this term.
Owen Farrell decided to step back from England duties to protect his and his family’s mental health after the pressure of international captaincy, including being booed by his own fans, became overbearing.