Hartlepool plundered four goals in nine second-half minutes to dump Northampton out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Evan Horwood volleyed Pools ahead from inside the area after the Cobblers failed to deal with a corner.
Antony Sweeney then converted following a well-worked free-kick before Andy Monkhouse scored the third with a well-struck effort from edge of the box.
Northampton's collapse was complete when Denis Behan pounced inside the six-yard area.
Hartlepool boss Mick Wadsworth told BBC Tees: "I'm happy for the players and the fans because it's got Saturday out of our minds and flushed it out of the system.
That is why we kept the same team, I wanted to do this because they've done well this season and they deserved a chance to start that games and get a good performance.
It could have blown up in my face, but it didn't because the players were terrific from minute one to the end of the game."
Northampton Town manager Ian Sampson told BBC Radio Northampton:
"A shambles tonight - an absolute shambles.
"We didn't apply ourselves properly and I could see it coming after five minutes.
"No excuses - it was a poor performance from back to front in terms of quality."
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Tuesday, 31 August 2010
20 Murray (Humphreys 76)
10 Boyd (Yantorno 67)
14 Brown (Behan 71)
03 Hall (Beckwith 81)
04 Thornton (Mckay 67)
17 Jacobs yellow card
15 Herbert (Davis 60)
Ref: Robert MadleyAtt: 1,359
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:07 The referee signals the end of the game.
90:00+3:03 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nathaniel Wedderburn played to the near post, Sam Collins manages to make a clearance.
90:00+1:42 Shot from 25 yards from Fabian Yantorno. Save made by Chris Dunn.
90:00+1:10 Foul by Dean Beckwith on Fabian Yantorno, free kick awarded. Fabian Yantorno takes the free kick.
88:38 Shot from just outside the box by Fabian Yantorno misses to the left of the target.
88:20 Ritchie Humphreys produces a cross, Paul Rodgers makes a clearance.
87:11 Corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line, Andy Monkhouse makes a clearance.
85:06 Abdul Osman delivers the ball, Sam Collins makes a clearance.
83:40 Antony Sweeney fouled by Abdul Osman, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Gamble crosses the ball in from the free kick.
80:42 Michael Jacobs takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Antony Sweeney.
80:42 Substitution Dean Beckwith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marcus Hall.
77:51 The ball is crossed by Andy Monkhouse, save made by Chris Dunn.
77:01 Shot by Liam Davis from 25 yards. Save made by Scott Flinders.
76:43 The assistant referee flags for offside against Fabian Yantorno. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
75:40 Substitution Ritchie Humphreys joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Murray.
74:14 The assist for the goal came from Sam Collins.
74:14 GOAL - Denis Behan:Hartlepool 4 - 0 Northampton Denis Behan finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hartlepool
73:45 Nathaniel Wedderburn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Gamble. Direct free kick taken by Steven Haslam.
72:59 Abdul Osman fouled by Fabian Yantorno, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
72:02 Denis Behan concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Hall. Marcus Hall takes the free kick.
70:57 GOAL - Andy Monkhouse:Hartlepool 3 - 0 Northampton Andy Monkhouse scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hartlepool 3-0 Northampton.
70:21 Substitution (Hartlepool) makes a substitution, with Denis Behan coming on for James Brown.
68:46 Assist by Evan Horwood.
68:46 GOAL - Antony Sweeney:Hartlepool 2 - 0 Northampton Antony Sweeney finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hartlepool 2-0 Northampton.
67:43 Nathaniel Wedderburn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Brown. Evan Horwood takes the free kick.
66:28 Substitution Billy Mckay is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Thornton.
66:28 Substitution Adam Boyd leaves the field to be replaced by Fabian Yantorno.
65:34 Assist on the goal came from Adam Boyd.
65:34 GOAL - Evan Horwood:Hartlepool 1 - 0 Northampton Evan Horwood gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Hartlepool 1-0 Northampton.
64:48 Shot by Joe Gamble. Blocked by Nathaniel Wedderburn. Corner taken by Evan Horwood from the right by-line to the near post,
Marcus Hall makes a clearance.
61:44 Corner taken right-footed by Joe Gamble from the left by-line, Gary Liddle takes a shot. Seb Harris manages to make a clearance.
59:24 Substitution Liam Davis replaces Courtney Herbert.
59:24 Evan Horwood crosses the ball.
58:05 Free kick taken by Evan Horwood.
58:05 Booking Michael Jacobs booked.
57:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Jacobs on Paul Murray.
55:50 Unfair challenge on Andy Monkhouse by Courtney Herbert results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Evan Horwood.
54:29 Shot by Courtney Herbert from outside the box goes high over the target.
53:04 Unfair challenge on Steve Guinan by Gary Liddle results in a free kick. Kevin Thornton delivers the ball from the free kick
left-footed from right wing.
50:23 Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn on Paul Murray, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Evan Horwood.
49:42 Shot from just outside the box by Andy Monkhouse goes over the crossbar.
48:39 Paul Murray crosses the ball, clearance by Seb Harris.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:00+1:14 The referee calls an end to the first half.
42:51 Unfair challenge on Paul Murray by Kevin Thornton results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.
42:22 Joe Gamble concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathaniel Wedderburn. Marcus Hall restarts play with the free kick.
40:23 Andy Monkhouse crosses the ball.
38:34 Andy Monkhouse delivers the ball, James Brown takes a shot. Antony Sweeney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Marcus
Hall manages to make a clearance.
35:52 The ball is swung over by Evan Horwood.
34:03 Shot by Adam Boyd from 20 yards. Save by Chris Dunn. Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood to the near post, Seb Harris
makes a clearance.
32:53 Paul Rodgers crosses the ball, Evan Horwood makes a clearance. Kevin Thornton takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line
played to the near post, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Liddle by Abdul Osman. Scott Flinders takes the
31:49 Evan Horwood delivers the ball, Adam Boyd takes a shot. Save by Chris Dunn. Paul Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair
challenge on Nathaniel Wedderburn. Free kick taken by Marcus Hall.
30:52 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Gamble from the left by-line, clearance made by Seb Harris.
30:04 Adam Boyd has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
29:20 James Brown fouled by Marcus Hall, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Haslam.
28:50 Adam Boyd has an effort at goal. Save by Chris Dunn.
27:42 The ball is sent over by Steven Haslam, Header from deep inside the area by James Brown goes over the bar.
25:55 Inswinging corner taken by Nathaniel Wedderburn, clearance made by James Brown.
23:49 James Brown takes a shot. Blocked by Marcus Hall. Inswinging corner taken by Joe Gamble, save by Chris Dunn.
21:38 The ball is delivered by Kevin Thornton.
20:43 Joe Gamble takes a shot. Comfortable save by Chris Dunn.
20:09 The referee blows for offside. Chris Dunn takes the indirect free kick.
19:25 Foul by Steve Guinan on Sam Collins, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.
18:20 Andy Monkhouse is caught offside. Chris Dunn takes the indirect free kick.
17:18 Foul by Paul Murray on Abdul Osman, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Kevin Thornton from right
channel, Scott Flinders makes a comfortable save.
15:00 Foul by Michael Jacobs on Antony Sweeney, free kick awarded. Joe Gamble takes the direct free kick. Andy Monkhouse concedes
a free kick for a foul on Kevin Thornton. Chris Dunn takes the direct free kick.
13:47 Evan Horwood takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Seb Harris makes a clearance. A cross is delivered by Evan Horwood.
12:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Seb Harris on Adam Boyd. The ball is crossed by Joe Gamble, Sam Collins takes a shot. Chris
Dunn makes a save.
12:07 Andy Monkhouse sends in a cross. The assistant referee signals for offside against Antony Sweeney. Chris Dunn takes the free
10:56 Evan Horwood crosses the ball, clearance by Andrew Holt. Effort on goal by Paul Murray from 25 yards. Blocked by Nathaniel
9:15 Paul Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Guinan. Free kick taken by Marcus Hall.
8:43 Shot from just outside the box by Michael Jacobs goes over the bar.
8:14 Michael Jacobs sends in a cross, save made by Scott Flinders.
6:21 Andy Monkhouse has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
5:40 Joe Gamble takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Steve Guinan.
2:44 Joe Gamble concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Guinan. Shot comes in from Michael Jacobs from the free kick, Scott Flinders
makes a comfortable save.
1:31 The ball is sent over by Evan Horwood, clearance made by Andrew Holt. Corner taken right-footed by Joe Gamble from the left
by-line, save made by Chris Dunn.
0:26 Corner taken right-footed by Joe Gamble, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Sam Collins goes harmlessly over the
0:14 Shot by James Brown. Save made by Chris Dunn.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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