Date: 6th March 2017 at 1:00pm
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Hartlepool came from a goal down beat Exeter on Saturday to not only improve our Football League survival hopes but record back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

The gap to the bottom two remains at six points as another team – Notts County – came between Pools and the relegation zone too.

Ollie Watkins’ goal had given promotion chasing Exeter a half time lead but three second half goals turned the game around to give us a 3-1 win in the end with the reaction pleasing Dave Jones.

He told the Official Website.

‘It`s a nice feeling now but it was hard going in the first half. I thought both teams looked pretty tired but I just felt if we could inject a bit more pace in to it and get at them more we would cause problems and that what happened in the second half. It doesn`t matter what level you`re at you have to earn the right to play and the pleasing thing today is that when we went a goal behind the boys dug in and then we got our rewards.’

The half time changes Jones made saw the reaction he wanted seen.

‘We changed it and tweaked it at half time and I thought they were superb in the second half; I don`t like picking people out by Rhys (Oates) and Lewis (Alessandra) up top were brilliant today.’

Lewis Alessandra’s double and another from Padraig Amond secured the points with more targeted to ensure we avoid relegation from League 2.

However, Jones finished by saying he knows there’s still work to be done.

‘When we got level it gave us a spark; they have had two long trips and we mentioned it at half time that if we chased and hounded them then something was always going to give. I am pleased for them because they`ve worked hard since we came in and we`ve changed a lot of things but now they`re coming to fruition which also helps. We`re only on the first rung on the ladder but we keep moving, keep getting the points to drag ourselves away from danger and then we`ll look at it for next year.’

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