A last-minute Gary Liddle strike helped Hartlepool secure victory over 10-man Peterborough United.
Centre-back Peter Hartley put the home side into the lead when he glanced a header past goalkeeper Joe Lewis just before the half-time interval.
Lee Tomlin made the task harder for Peterborough when he was dismissed for stamping on Leon McSweeney's ankle.
Liddle then sealed the three points for the hosts with a well taken strike from outside the area.
Despite threatening to level the game up, Posh slumped to their third defeat in their last four games in all competitions.
Before he saw red, Tomlin saw a great 25-yard free kick tipped away by the excellent Pools keeper Jake Kean.
Craig Mackail-Smith was also denied, while George Boyd's curling effort was somehow clawed out as the visitors kept their noses in front.
Hartlepool caretaker boss Mick Wadsworth told BBC Tees: "It was a good solid, dogged, determined piece of play from minute one to minute 90.
"We defended very well and in the first half played some really good football.
"Peter Hartley's done very well, he's played three games at centre-back now and done really well, while Gary Liddle has given us something in the midfield, he's given us energy and legs and ability to win more loose ball.
"That balance has helped the whole team."
Peterborough United manager Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "There was no performance there, that wasn't even half a performance. That's as poor as it gets I think on the day.
"The boys are better than that but on the day it was one of those where nobody came out as a shining light.
"It was up to us to make sure we had a lot more chances, whether it be through movement or courage or cleverness."
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Saturday, 9 October 2010
Npower League One
07 McSweeney (Bjornsson 86)
20 Murray (Haslam 70)
23 Larkin (Behan 64)
22 Ofori-Twumasi (Bennett 85)
21 Davies (Mendez-Laing 88)
25 Gill (Frecklington 60)
24 Tomlin red card
Ref: Mark BrownAtt: 3,047
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+5:19 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+2:45 Aaron Mclean concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Austin. Neil Austin takes the direct free kick.
89:28 GOAL - Gary Liddle:Hartlepool 2 - 0 Peterborough A goal is scored by Gary Liddle from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hartlepool 2-0 Peterborough.
87:51 Unfair challenge on Joe Gamble by Lee Frecklington results in a free kick. Neil Austin restarts play with the free kick.
85:56 Substitution Armann Bjornsson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Leon McSweeney.
84:12 Denis Behan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Joe Lewis. George Boyd takes a shot. Jake Kean
makes a fantastic save. Corner from right by-line taken by Lee Frecklington.
84:12 Substitution (Peterborough) makes a substitution, with Ryan Bennett coming on for Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi.
81:46 Foul by Lee Tomlin on Leon McSweeney, free kick awarded. Neil Austin restarts play with the free kick.
81:46 Sent off Lee Tomlin shown a red card.
77:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Frecklington on Joe Gamble. Joe Gamble takes the free kick.
76:41 George Boyd concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Liddle. Jake Kean takes the free kick.
73:42 Corner taken by Evan Horwood from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Lee Frecklington.
73:28 Shot by Leon McSweeney. Kelvin Langmead gets a block in.
72:39 Joe Gamble takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, comfortable save by Joe Lewis.
71:23 The offside flag is raised against Aaron Mclean. Free kick taken by Jake Kean.
70:55 Corner taken by Lee Frecklington from the left by-line.
70:30 Lee Tomlin takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean.
69:58 Neil Austin concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Tomlin. Lee Tomlin restarts play with the free kick.
69:11 Substitution Steven Haslam joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Murray.
67:20 The referee penalises Leon McSweeney for handball. Free kick taken by Arron Davies.
66:08 Joe Gamble concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Frecklington. Lee Frecklington takes the direct free kick.
65:22 Sam Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Mackail-Smith. Lee Frecklington takes the free kick.
64:00 Unfair challenge on Paul Murray by Mark Little results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Evan Horwood.
63:19 Substitution Denis Behan is brought on as a substitute for Colin Larkin.
63:07 Headed effort from inside the area by Craig Mackail-Smith misses to the left of the target.
62:01 Craig Mackail-Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Kean. Jake Kean takes the direct free kick.
61:28 Corner taken by Arron Davies played to the near post, save by Jake Kean.
60:24 Joe Gamble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kelvin Langmead. Free kick taken by Joe Lewis.
59:43 Substitution Lee Frecklington joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mathew Gill.
56:00 Neil Austin sends in a cross, save by Joe Lewis.
54:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Evan Horwood by Aaron Mclean. Direct free kick taken by Jake Kean.
51:46 Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi challenges Leon McSweeney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neil Austin takes the direct free
51:22 George Boyd takes a shot. Jake Kean makes a save.
50:56 Unfair challenge on Mark Little by Andy Monkhouse results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi.
46:28 Centre by Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Aaron Mclean takes a shot. Jake Kean makes a comfortable save.
45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:00+1:06 The half-time whistle blows.
43:49 Corner taken by Evan Horwood played to the near post, assist on the goal came from Evan Horwood.
43:49 GOAL - Peter Hartley:Hartlepool 1 - 0 Peterborough Peter Hartley finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Hartlepool 1-0 Peterborough.
42:37 The ball is delivered by Lee Tomlin, Arron Davies has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left
of the target.
41:28 Leon McSweeney concedes a free kick for a foul on Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi restarts play with the
39:10 Evan Horwood takes a outswinging corner.
37:21 George Boyd produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
37:01 The ball is swung over by Gary Liddle, save made by Joe Lewis.
33:53 Aaron Mclean takes a shot. Jake Kean makes a comfortable save.
29:31 George Boyd decides to take a short corner.
29:16 Lee Tomlin crosses the ball, Colin Larkin gets a block in.
28:47 Andy Monkhouse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Little. Free kick taken by Mark Little.
27:26 Andy Monkhouse takes a shot from 35 yards and missed to the right of the goal.
27:04 Sam Collins fouled by Craig Mackail-Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Kean.
23:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Liddle by Mark Little. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Murray from
left wing, Kelvin Langmead makes a clearance.
23:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Hartley by Arron Davies. Free kick taken by Jake Kean.
22:14 Neil Austin handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Lewis.
21:33 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood, save by Joe Lewis.
17:53 Gary Liddle challenges Arron Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mathew Gill.
16:15 Colin Larkin fouled by Gabriel Zakuani, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Evan Horwood.
15:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kelvin Langmead on Sam Collins. Free kick taken by Jake Kean.
15:25 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by George Boyd.
15:12 Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean.
13:56 The official flags Colin Larkin offside. Free kick taken by Joe Lewis.
12:51 Lee Tomlin fouled by Gary Liddle, the ref awards a free kick. Mathew Gill takes the direct free kick.
10:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Little by Gary Liddle. Joe Lewis takes the direct free kick.
9:20 Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon McSweeney. Neil Austin takes the free kick.
8:12 Header from inside the area by Andy Monkhouse bounces off the post.
5:10 Peter Hartley fouled by George Boyd, the ref awards a free kick. Jake Kean takes the free kick.
0:39 Unfair challenge on Leon McSweeney by Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi results in a free kick. The ball is sent over by Evan Horwood,
Header from deep inside the penalty area by Peter Hartley goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
0:00 The match gets underway.
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