Charlton 3 Hartlepool Utd 2: Pools’ Smurfs left feeling blue as champions hit back

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Hartlepool United threatened to spoil Chartlon Athletic’s promotion party only for the League One champions to respond with a quick-fire second-half treble, writes Craig Hope.

Neale Cooper’s men – backed by 170 travelling Smurfs - had been leading since Peter Hartley’s first-half opener when the Championship-bound Addicks finally awoke from their slumber 20 minutes from the end.

Danny Hollands headed a leveller and Danny Haynes nodded the hosts in front before Yann Kermorgant netted a spectacular third to cap the 10-minute blitz.

Gary Liddle did smash a second for Pools but it was to prove little more than a consolation.

* Full report in tonight’s Football Echo