John O'Flynn's double strike handed Exeter the points in a topsy-turvy clash with struggling Hartlepool.
Ryan Harley's superb individual effort gave the Grecians the lead before Ritchie Humphreys fired in the equaliser from 16 yards.
Pool took the lead two minutes later when Antony Sweeney poked home after Colin Larkin's header was saved.
O'Flynn then took centre-stage as he drilled past the keeper before sealing the win with a close-range header.
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon: "It was an entertaining game in which we've come out on top and I'm delighted with the way that we've played.
"We have only won one away game so we're not going to get too pleased with ourselves. There's a long season ahead in front of us before we start getting too pleased with ourselves.
"I'm very pleased with how it's shaping up and if the players can believe it at all times, like we do on the bench then maybe we'll do better this year."
Hartlepool United caretaker boss Mick Wadsworth tells BBC Tees: "The attacking side of our game was fantastic at times, we played some great football and created chances, but didn't take them all.
"The ease with which they got their goals was disappointing factor, but it's something we work on a daily basis.
"No player leaves training without having worked at that, it's their trade, their craft, it's what they do, so all we can do is work.".
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Saturday, 11 September 2010
Npower League One
03 Humphreys (Boyd 69)
12 Yantorno (McSweeney 77)
23 Larkin (Behan 65)
03 Duffy (Edwards 89)
05 Archibald-Henville yellow card
10 Nardiello (Logan 46)
29 O'Flynn (Cureton 77)
Ref: MossAtt: 2,641
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
94:34 The referee gets the game underway.
90:00+2:37 Richard Logan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.
90:00+1:29 Jamie Cureton produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
90:00+0:07 Inswinging corner taken by Steve Tully from the right by-line.
90:00 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
89:28 Jamie Cureton takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.
88:21 Substitution (Exeter) makes a substitution, with Rob Edwards coming on for Richard Duffy.
87:53 Adam Boyd takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.
87:13 Neil Austin sends in a cross, Denis Behan has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that strikes the post.
86:18 Adam Boyd takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.
84:53 The ball is swung over by Jamie Cureton, Header by Richard Logan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the
83:35 Centre by Evan Horwood, Andy Monkhouse has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Save by Paul Jones.
83:05 Adam Boyd takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.
80:15 Troy Archibald-Henville challenges Adam Boyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Denis Behan has a direct shot on goal from
the free kick, blocked by James Dunne.
79:33 Denis Behan has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
77:43 Adam Boyd fouled by Billy Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Evan Horwood takes the indirect free kick.
75:23 Save by Scott Flinders.
75:23 Substitution John O'Flynn leaves the field to be replaced by Jamie Cureton.
75:23 Substitution Leon McSweeney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabian Yantorno.
75:23 Fabian Yantorno produces a cross, Adam Boyd takes a shot.
71:26 The ball is crossed by Evan Horwood, Billy Jones makes a clearance.
70:49 Evan Horwood delivers the ball, Troy Archibald-Henville gets a block in.
69:31 Centre by Andy Monkhouse, Adam Boyd takes a shot. Blocked by Troy Archibald-Henville. Blocked by Troy Archibald-Henville.
67:25 Substitution Adam Boyd joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ritchie Humphreys.
67:25 Adam Boyd gives away a for an unfair challenge on Scott Golbourne.
66:35 Denis Behan has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
64:30 Substitution Denis Behan is brought on as a substitute for Colin Larkin.
63:40 Liam Sercombe is caught offside. Gary Liddle takes the free kick.
62:09 Evan Horwood takes the free kick. Corner taken by Antony Sweeney from the right by-line.
62:09 Booking Troy Archibald-Henville receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
61:27 Ryan Harley challenges Evan Horwood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Evan Horwood takes the direct free kick. Unfair challenge
on Ritchie Humphreys by Troy Archibald-Henville results in a free kick.
56:58 Scott Golbourne provided the assist for the goal.
56:58 GOAL - John O'Flynn:Hartlepool 2 - 3 Exeter John O'Flynn grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Hartlepool 2-3 Exeter.
54:55 A cross is delivered by Billy Jones, save by Scott Flinders.
53:54 James Dunne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabian Yantorno. Evan Horwood takes the free kick.
51:53 Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Harley from the left by-line to the near post, Troy Archibald-Henville takes a shot. Save
by Scott Flinders.
50:47 Antony Sweeney takes a shot. Troy Archibald-Henville gets a block in.
49:16 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.
48:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Duffy by Ritchie Humphreys. Richard Duffy restarts play with the free
47:42 The assist for the goal came from Richard Logan.
47:42 GOAL - John O'Flynn:Hartlepool 2 - 2 Exeter John O'Flynn scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hartlepool 2-2 Exeter.
45:01 Substitution Richard Logan replaces Daniel Nardiello.
45:01 The second half has started.
45:00+0:46 Daniel Nardiello is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.
45:00 The match has reached half-time.
43:54 Foul by Neil Austin on John O'Flynn, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Ryan Harley from the free kick.
43:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Evan Horwood by Steve Tully. Indirect free kick taken by Evan Horwood.
41:44 Assist on the goal came from Paul Murray.
41:44 GOAL - Antony Sweeney:Hartlepool 2 - 1 Exeter Antony Sweeney grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hartlepool 2-1 Exeter.
40:00 Daniel Nardiello is caught offside. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.
37:51 GOAL - Ritchie Humphreys:Hartlepool 1 - 1 Exeter Goal scored by Ritchie Humphreys from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Hartlepool 1-1 Exeter.
37:22 The ball is crossed by Scott Golbourne, save made by Scott Flinders.
35:28 Richard Duffy fouled by Ritchie Humphreys, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Duffy restarts play with the free kick.
31:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Liddle on Liam Sercombe. Scott Golbourne has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
31:02 The offside flag is raised against John O'Flynn. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.
30:39 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ritchie Humphreys. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.
28:53 Ritchie Humphreys takes a corner. Corner taken by Evan Horwood from the left by-line played to the near post.
25:52 The assistant referee signals for offside against Colin Larkin. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Jones.
25:10 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Antony Sweeney played to the near post, clearance by Richard Duffy.
24:16 Evan Horwood produces a cross, Ritchie Humphreys takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.
23:25 The ball is crossed by Neil Austin, save by Paul Jones.
21:57 Ritchie Humphreys sends in a cross, blocked by Troy Archibald-Henville.
20:11 Corner taken short by Steve Tully.
19:08 Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.
Correction - 18:24 The ball is crossed by Evan Horwood, blocked by Billy Jones.
18:24 The ball is sent over by Evan Horwood, Billy Jones makes a clearance. Billy Jones gets a block in.
15:53 Andy Monkhouse produces a cross, Troy Archibald-Henville makes a clearance.
14:35 The ball is delivered by Colin Larkin.
11:08 GOAL - Ryan Harley:Hartlepool 0 - 1 Exeter Ryan Harley grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hartlepool 0-1 Exeter.
9:02 Colin Larkin handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Billy Jones takes the free kick.
8:22 Centre by Scott Golbourne.
7:43 Scott Golbourne produces a cross, Gary Liddle makes a clearance.
5:20 The offside flag is raised against Daniel Nardiello. Neil Austin takes the free kick.
2:30 Colin Larkin is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.
2:11 The assistant referee flags for offside against John O'Flynn. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.
1:27 Colin Larkin takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.
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