The EIGHT key stats from Hartlepool United’s 2-0 win over Aldershot Town in the National League

Shots, possession, expected goals show how dominant Dave Challinor’s side were

Hartlepool United got back to winning ways in the National League with a 2-0 victory over Aldershot Town.
Hartlepool United's Mark Shelton celebrates with his team mates
Hartlepool United’s Mark Shelton celebrates with his team mates after scoring their first goal during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Aldershot Town at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 8th February 2020. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

Hartlepool United got back to winning ways in the National League with a 2-0 victory over Aldershot Town.

Goals from Luke Molyneux and Mark Shelton saw Dave Challinor’s side pick up three points to move into the top 10 in the fifth tier.

With 12 games to go, Pools are just three points off the final play-off place following another comfortable afternoon at Victoria Park.

Ultimately the 2-0 scoreline and three points are all that matters, but just how comfortable was the win for Challinor’s men?


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1. Shots – 15 (5 on target)

Pools weren’t afraid to get a shot away against The Shots with 15 efforts on goal. Five of those hit the target with two obviously finding the net. In contrast, Aldershot managed just four shots during the match with two efforts being on target.

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2. Possession – 60%

Pools are usually comfortable in possession and controlled the game from start to finish on Saturday.

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3. Passing accuracy – 72.2%

Out of 313 attempted passes against Aldershot, 226 were accurate. Aldershot completed 131 out of 224 passes during the match.

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4. Forward passes – 127 (78 accurate)

Encouragingly, the majority of Hartlepool’s attempted passes during the match were forward.

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5. Crosses – 16 (5 accurate)

Pools were keen to get the ball out wide with their two goals coming from crosses. Aldershot attempted seven crosses in comparison with just one finding a player.

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6. Corners – 7

Out of Pools’ seven corners during the match, two resulted in shots and one resulted in a goal as Mark Shelton found the net from Luke Molyneux’s delivery. Aldershot had three corners in the game with one resulting in a shot.

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7. Fouls – 14

Hartlepool committed 14 fouls with Luke Molyneux picking up a yellow card on the stroke of half-time. Aldershot were penalised 11 times with one player going into the book.

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8. Expected goals – 1.89

The stat that takes into account the quality of the chances and shots from each side saw Pools ‘expected’ to score 1.89 goals based on their chances. Aldershot’s ‘expected goals’ was 0.56 in comparison. Stats provided by WyScout.

Photo: Mark Fletcher

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